Residents in one Greenville neighborhood are hopeful they will get some relief from flooded streets.
Jason Coslet, who has lived at Oxford Place since 2013, said sinking drains along curbs have led dozens of residents to place metal ramps and pour concrete at the base of their driveways to avoid damaging their vehicles. That has solved one problem but created another.
“No forethought was given to the fact that you’re restricting the flow that is 18 inches wide and 6 inches deep to a 2-inch pipe,” he said during the Jan. 22 Public Safety Committee meeting.
Water that flows into the neighborhood comes from the Greenville Golf and Country Club and across the highway from the Nelco Cineplex and cannot drain quickly from cross streets, such as, Oxford and Devonshire Place due to low spots, Coslet said.
“When it starts flowing, it is fast and it drains everybody else quick,” he said.
The water that collects sits in yards keeping them wet leading to erosion of the grass and stoppage in drains.
“It’s just a vicious cycle,” Coslet said.
In October, City Council members authorized city engineer Mark Hooker to assess the existing storm water and drainage system in the Lake Manor subdivision after residents voiced their concerns for a solution during flash flooding events.
The study includes areas throughout the city with emphasis on the the No. 6 and 9 canals.
To help address street and drainage issues, city officials will look to perform an additional drainage study to evaluate how the drains are affecting streets to resolve flooding.
Coslet thanked city officials for their efforts to help improve drainage.
“The last six months for the first time in six years, instead of getting worse, it’s stabilized,” he said.