Council hears of Sweetbriar flooding: Zoning requests approved

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Frequent flooding in the Sweetbriar subdivision has caused residents to seek help from Dorchester County Council during its meeting Monday evening.
Dennis Halloran, a resident in the community, addressed the council asking for help on behalf of his neighbors.
“I get regular calls from the 35-odd families that live there, and I told them I would come tonight to ask you all for help,” he said.
According to Halloran, flooding has been a problem in the community for 28 years, but has increased in frequency over time, especially with the recent streak of poor weather in the area.
“It used to flood two or three times a year. Now it floods two or three times a month, 12 months a year. And by flood, I mean the area is impassable in or out,” he said.
Chairman Bill Hearn agreed and thanked Halloran for seeking out the council.
“This is just one more neighborhood that is experiencing a problem. If we can get [the rain] to slow down enough, we will do something down there.”
The remainder of the meeting included approvals of several ordinance proposals mainly consisting of rezoning requests.
Councilwoman Duncan also proposed appointing Danny Garnette to the county Parks and Recreation Commission. The commission has two vacant seats. Councilmen George Bailey and Willie Davis made and approved the motion.

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