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Mt. Pleasant officials remind residents to watch drains, ditches

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Mount Pleasant officials are reminding residents to keep an eye on building debris in ditches and drains that may prevent storm waters from draining out of the town's yards and streets.

"These rain events are impacting our stormwater system," said stormwater manager Hillary Repik. "We ask that you help us prevent flooding in your neighborhood by safely removing the debris from the drain and ditches near your home. If a drain does not clear within one hour after the rain stops, contact the Stormwater Division at (843) 856-2157."

Officials said they were expecting more heavy rains through the week. Crews are going to be moving through neighborhoods to clear blockages so the system drains as quickly as possible.

"You can help prevent flooding in your neighborhood by keeping drainage systems clear of debris before storms arrive or right after the rain stops," she added. "Flood damage clean-up is very expensive, and pollution clean-up is even more expensive. Remember that the home you flood – or save – may be your own! Storm drains, ditches and ponds do not drain to treatment plans, but to our lakes, marshes and waterways. These systems protect our home from flooding and our waterways from pollution, only rain should go down the storm drain!"

For additional information on flood prevention and water quality, contact the Stormwater Division at (843) 856-2157 or visit us online at www.tompsc.com.

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