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Army Corp of Engineers Approves Study Request for Eagle Creek and Chandler Creek

Post Date:04/30/2018 5:00 PM

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) South Atlantic Division Office, located in Atlanta, Georgia, approved Dorchester County’s Study Initiation Request (SIR) for Eagle and Chandler Creeks.

Since October 2015, houses in the neighborhoods along Eagle Creek have flooded. The flooding was a result of storm events associated with the October 2015 flood, Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and Hurricane Irma in 2017. While these three events produced higher than normal amounts of rain, it is Dorchester County's opinion that based on these recent events, it is in the best interest of the Flood Control Project and the citizens of Dorchester County, to re-evaluate the Flood Control Project and to expand the project limits along Eagle Creek.

The official request for assistance from the USACE under the 1948 Flood Control Act, to reduce flood damages along Eagle Creek and Chandler Creek was submitted to the USACE on October 17, 2017.

County Council Chairman, Jay Byars, said “we are excited to see the Army Corps of Engineers enthusiastically approve a study for the flooding issues along Eagle Creek.” Byars added “we have been working diligently, for over a year, with staff and the community to get this issue moving forward and we appreciate the Corps willingness to help find workable solutions.” 

David Chinnis, Chairman of the Planning, Development and Building Committee of County Council, echoed Byars remarks adding “this is an example of when government functions efficiently. We initiated the request and the Army Corps responded quickly and recognized the need. This continues our ongoing efforts to fix the haphazard development of the past and ensure those mistakes do not happen again.”

Dorchester County and the USACE with now work in tandem to complete a feasibility study to re-evaluate the Flood Control Project and to expand the project limits along Eagle and Chandler Creeks.