Federal grant can help Charleston buy out 36 flood-prone properties in West Ashley

October 25, 2017 GMT

The city of Charleston clarified Wednesday that it has enough funds from a federal grant to buy a total of 36 flood-prone homes in West Ashley.

The grant approved this week by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help the city purchase the 32 town homes in Bridge Pointe, plus four other single-family homes. The total mitigation grant comes to almost $7.8 million, including $5.84 million from FEMA and $1.95 from the city.

“This is good news for affected residents, and a major step forward for our larger Church Creek Drainage Basin strategy,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said. “I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to get this job done, including Governor Henry McMaster, U.S. Senators Lindsay Graham and Tim Scott, U.S. Representatives Mark Sanford and Jim Clyburn, S.C. Sen. Sandy Senn, and S.C. Rep. Lin Bennett, as well as city staff and members of our city council.”

The city didn’t couldn’t release exact addresses. Generally, three are in the Shadowmoss area off of Bees Ferry Road, and the other is near Wappoo Road south of U.S. Highway 17.

“Following acquisition and demolition of these structures, the property will be returned to green space in perpetuity,” the city said in a statement.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.