Pireway to Get Flood Gauge

The latest grants obtained through the Soil and Water Conservation Service office will help alleviate flooding problems in more areas of the county. (File photo)
A state grant will fund a flood gauge at Pireway. (File photo)

Residents of one of the most floodprone areas of the county will soon have more notice when the water rises.

County Commissioner approved a memorandum of agreement Monday that will put a flood gauge on the Waccamaw River on N.C. 904 at Pireway. The monitor will be part of the flood Information Management Network (FIMAN) that provides real-time flooding information form several locations in the county.

County Manager Eddie Madden and Dep. Emergency Services Director Teresa Smith met with Janet Tyler of River Road last year to discuss flooding problems in the area. Every home along River Road sustained damage during Hurricane Florence, and the road itself was washed out in several areas. With exploding growth in the area, officials are concerned about providing residents with sufficient warning to evacuate.

The gauge is being paid for with a $15,000 grant from the N.C. Div. Of Emergency Management.

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