McMaster Tackling Flooding Concerns

Creating special commission to address

Patrick Gentry
December 20, 2018 - 1:04 pm
Governor Henry McMaster

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Gov. Henry McMaster wants to leave no doubt that his new commission to study flooding in South Carolina is determined to find solutions for generations.

The South Carolina Floodwater Commission met for the first time Thursday after the state has suffered three major floods in four years.

Environmental attorney Tom Mullikin heads the commission. Mullikin created 10 task forces to solve problems from how artificial reefs could lessen coastal flooding to building better culverts and drainage ditches to stop neighborhood nuisance flooding.

The task force will review dams and what can be done to protect infrastructure like power plants.

More than 50 government, business leaders and academic experts came to Columbia to serve on the task force. It includes two coastal congressmen, eight state agency heads and five coastal mayors.

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