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Work targets Beaufort drainage, erosion issues

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In wake of recent high tides and minor flooding, several projects have popped up around the city of Beaufort to address those issues.

Some of the projects have already been completed while others are works in progress.

Three drainage issues have been identified at Lafayette, Hamar and Greene streets, city manager Bill Prokop said.

In the Mossy Oaks area, an embankment off of a pond on First Boulevard eroded and needed to be rebuilt, and a shoulder of Battery Creek Road had to be repaired.

The S.C. Department of Transportation this week shored up a retention pond ditch that had eroded and threatened the asphalt of First Boulevard.

The city will work with the county and SCDOT to address downtown issues, Prokop said. Prokop said he doesn't yet know potential costs and specific problems. he said he would know more after meeting with city public works director Lamar Taylor, who has been out of town due to a death in the family.

Beaufort has hired a consulting firm to draw plans for the drainage work, Beaufort County environmental engineering director Eric Larson said. The county is waiting on an estimate from the city to determine what it might offer by way of sharing costs or labor, Larson said.

The tides from Battery Creek eventually eroded the large bank along First Boulevard, said Wendell Mulligan, Beaufort County's resident maintenance engineer for SCDOT. The ditch leads away from the nearby pond between Jane Way and Battery Creek Road.

A resident had placed a stake by the street to measure how much of the bank washed away and alerted DOT when it became serious, Mulligan said.

A backhoe and bulldozer has spread trucked-in dirt along the embankment. Large rock known as riprap was placed on the bank on top of fabric meant to keep the soil from washing away.

Mulligan said the large project is meant to be a permanent solution. He noted that the county was spared the worst of the rain event and that two crews from Beaufort County assisted efforts in Berkeley and Charleston counties.

Follow reporter Stephen Fastenau at twitter.com/IPBG_Stephen.

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