Back in July, the Loris Scene reported on Alan Levinson, a Forest Drive resident who routinely addresses Loris City Council about damaging flooding in his neighborhood.
It has been five months since that report, and Levinson is still attending council meetings expressing those same concerns.
Very little, he says, has been done this year but he is hoping things will be different in 2019.
His most recent comments to council were made during the Dec. 3 meeting. He said parts of Forest Drive look like a “war zone” because of damage debris caused by the flooding.
“The hurricane was absolutely devastating. The water came up almost to my waist, just looking at what I found when I came back,” said Levinson who evacuated to Georgia during the hurricane.
His was not the only house with major damage. He said several houses are still undergoing repairs because of storm-related flooding.
Levinson said he has spent “well over $30,000” on repairs to his home which includes roof work, new duct work, and the installation of a new HVAC unit.
“I am at the point now of asking what am I going to do with my house. Because, it is going to happen again,” Levinson said, adding he has called the offices of Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Tom Rice about his concerns.
He said the only city council member who has been to his house is Todd Harrelson.
“Loris looks great with all the lights and decorations but drive down Forest Drive and Milligan and it is just a wasteland and I am devastated by it,” he said.
Brandon Harrelson, the city’s building director, said a study and survey are taking place to try to figure out what causes the flooding in parts of the city.
He said the study is being conducted by FEMA engineers. It will consist of using computer programs to recreate recent hurricanes and other flooding events based on data.
“All the data has been collected. They are currently creating models and drawing maps,” Harrelson said. “It will give us a lot of information and will answer all of these questions. Where the flooding starts and where it ends. The whole nine yards.”
Once the study is complete, the engineers will meet with city council and other local officials to outline the findings and start to come up with possible solutions.
“It’s a full and long process from start to finish,” Harrelson said.
Loris City Administrator Damon Kempski said the rain that fell during Hurricane Florence in September was the most rain the city has received in a single storm since the 1950s.
“It is simple numbers. The system cannot handle 26-inches of rain,” Kempski said.
“There are things that can be done,” Levinson responded.