Floodwater Commission

First-ever meeting looks to the future

Evan Smith
December 20, 2018 - 2:57 pm

On a rainy Thursday in Columbia, the South Carolina Floodwater Commission met for the first time.

Governor McMaster formed the commission to find ways to alleviate flooding problems in the state.

Commission Chairman Tom Mulliken of Camden said the plan starts off the South Carolina coast and works its way into the Upstate.

“We start in the ocean with the artificial reefs, and we build our way through the state,” Mulliken said. “There will be short-term, mid-term and long-term objectives for each of those, so we’ll combine a timeline with resiliency strategies. Ultimately, those two things will come together.”

Governor McMaster said the commission is a broad collaborative approach to a serious problem.

“Our purpose is to determine what is the best response, what is the best way forward, how do we make water our friend, how do we accommodate it, how do we use it,” McMaster said.

He added, “We can’t fight it, because it’s everywhere and it’s with us forever.”

The commission is divided into ten task forces each addressing concerns ranging from coastal protection to economic development.

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