Buying a home is one of the most significant investments that you will ever make. Like most good things, finding the perfect home comes with a lot of work. From your initial search online to your home tour and finally closing, there are many difficult decisions to make along the way. The bottom line is that the entire home buying process can be very stressful, especially when it comes to finding the right mortgage broker and loan for your new home. Since market conditions and mortgage programs change frequently, you have a lot riding on your broker’s ability to provide quick and accurate financial advice. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or own several residential properties, you need a mortgage broker in Ladson, SC, who can educate you on mortgage rates and provide trustworthy guidance to help you make an informed decision.
My name is Dan Crance – Ladson’s most trusted mortgage loan officer with more than 30 years in the mortgage industry. I bring unparalleled insight and decades of experience into your home loan process. If you’re looking for a new home loan, are interested in refinancing your current mortgage, or need information regarding FHA, VA, or other types of loans, Dan Crance is Your Mortgage Man.
Unlike some mortgage loan officers in Ladson, my primary goal is to help you make the right mortgage choice for you and your family. Mortgage lenders have a horrible reputation for turning over clients quickly to expedite cash flow and make the most money possible. While some mortgage brokers come off as pushy and impatient, I encourage my clients to take as much time as they need to ask questions and review their mortgage agreements. I’m here to help answer those questions and provide you with easy-to-understand advice so that you can rest easy knowing you made the right choice. I could say that I strive to provide service that exceeds your expectations, but I’d rather show you. In the end, I want you to leave feeling confident in the loan you’ve selected, as well as in your choice of broker.
Clients choose my mortgage company because I truly care about helping them navigate the often-confusing landscape of the mortgage process. I am fiercely dedicated to my clients and make every effort to provide them with trustworthy advice and an open line of communication.
In my business, I work for two different customers. On one hand, I have the buyer: the person entrusting me with the responsibility of guiding them through one of the most important decisions ever. Serving homebuyers is not a task that I take lightly. I work with them daily to help them through the process and provide timely updates and news on their mortgage status. On the other hand, I have the realtor: the person who works with my client to find their dream home. Since their commission is in my hands, working with realtors is also a very important task. I update these agents on the status of their customers weekly. Only when I take care of both parties can I say my job as a mortgage loan officer is complete.
As a mortgage broker with more than 30 years of experience, I pledge to give you the highest level of customer service while providing you with the most competitive loan products available. That way, you can buy the home of your dreams without second-guessing your decision.
At Classic Home Mortgage, our team works diligently to close on time without stress or hassle. Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or are buying your new home in Ladson, we understand how much stress is involved. Our goal is to help take that stress off of your plate by walking you through every step of the home loan process. Because every one of our clients is different, we examine each loan with fresh eyes and a personalized approach, to find you the options and programs you need.
With over 30 years as a mortgage professional in Ladson, Dan Crance will help you choose the home loan, interest rate, term options, and payment plans that fit your unique situation.
30-Year Loan – This loan is often considered the most secure option to choose. With a 30-year loan, you can lock in a low payment amount and rest easy knowing your rate won’t change.
FHA Loan – If you’re not able to make a large down payment, an FHA loan could be the right choice for you. With an FHA loan, many of our clients have successfully purchased a home with less than 4% down.
VA Loan – This loan is reserved for military veterans and active-duty men and women. Those who qualify may be able to purchase a home with no down payment and no Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
Because home mortgage rates in the U.S. have been so low over the last year, many current homeowners are opting to refinance their home loans. Simply put, refinancing is replacing your existing mortgage with a different mortgage under new terms. Homeowners who refinance their homes enjoy lower interest rates, lower monthly payments, and even turn their home’s equity into cash. If you’re interested in refinancing your home, it all begins with a call to your mortgage broker in Ladson, SC – Dan Crance.
Refinancing from a 30-year to a 15-year mortgage might seem counterproductive on the surface because your monthly payment usually goes up. However, interest rates on 15-year mortgages are lower. And when you shave off years of your previous mortgage, you will pay less interest over time. These savings can be very beneficial if you are not taking the mortgage interest deduction on your tax returns.
FHA loans are notorious for paying premiums for the life of the loan. Mortgage insurance premiums for FHA loans can cost borrowers as much as $1,050 a year for every $100k borrowed. The only way to get rid of mortgage insurance premiums is to refinance to a new loan that the Federal Housing Authority does not back.
Sometimes, borrowers with adjustable-rate mortgages refinance so they can switch to a fixed rate, which lets them lock in an interest rate. Doing so is beneficial for some homeowners who like to know exactly how much their monthly payment is each month. Conversely, some homeowners with fixed rates prefer to refinance to an adjustable-rate mortgage. Homeowners often go this route if they plan on selling in a few years and don’t mind risking a higher rate if their plans fall through.
Finding the right loan can be a difficult proposition, even if you have been through the process before. This is especially true since mortgage rates and market conditions change frequently. If you’re like most of my clients, you probably have questions about interest rates, refinancing options, and a litany of other topics. To help alleviate some of your stress, here are just a few common questions with answers so that you can better educate yourself as we work our way to securing your loan.
LADSON — After a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lowcountry’s Coastal Carolina Fair returns to Ladson Exchange Park this fall.The fair will return for its typical 11 days of midway rides, concessions, exhibitions and games from Oct. 28 through Nov. 7.In addition to the typical fanfare, there will be three days of bull riding and a new nightly laser show. Local talent will be on display in agriculture and arts and craf...
LADSON — After a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lowcountry’s Coastal Carolina Fair returns to Ladson Exchange Park this fall.
The fair will return for its typical 11 days of midway rides, concessions, exhibitions and games from Oct. 28 through Nov. 7.
In addition to the typical fanfare, there will be three days of bull riding and a new nightly laser show. Local talent will be on display in agriculture and arts and crafts exhibits, and entertainment will be provided in the form of sideshow attractions, such as a fiddle contest, Motown music performance by the Motortown All-Stars and a stunt dog show.
A schedule has not been finalized but will be available at coastalcarolinafair.org/events.
Masking and social distancing is recommended for the first Coastal Carolina Fair back since the onset of COVID-19.
There will be 37 hand-washing stations and 80 hand-sanitizing stations throughout the fairgrounds, in addition to UV air purification systems inside buildings and a deep cleansing of high-touch areas.
There is also a new clear bag policy limiting the size and type of bags that can brought inside the gates. Metal detectors will be used upon entry, and no weapons are allowed per usual.
In 2019, there were 243,864 attendees at the fair.
“As we have in the past, the health and safety of our patrons will continue to be a major focus,” said Coastal Carolina Fair Chairman of Media and Press Relations Gary Leonard.
“Fair staff, contractors, vendors and volunteers have also implemented additional health and safety procedures,” he added. “However, fair patrons must do their part to protect their health by reading signage (in English and Spanish) and following national, state and local health recommendations and protocols.”
The SC State Fair also announced its plan for an October return after a drive-thru pivot last year due to the pandemic.
General manager Nancy Smith suggested following any DHEC and CDC recommendations, as does Leonard at the Coastal Carolina Fair.
“We strongly encourage all fairgoers to evaluate their own potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 before choosing to attend, knowing that vaccines remain the best protection from the virus,” Smith said at a news conference in August.
Tickets to the Coastal Carolina Fair can be purchased at the gate. Discounts will be available in advance online at coastalcarolinafair.org/tickets and at local Circle K stores. Advance ticket prices are $10 adults, $6 children ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under and $23 ride wristbands, good for any day.
Starting Oct. 28, prices will rise to $12 adults, $7 children ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under, $25 ride wristbands Monday through Friday and $35 ride wristbands Saturday and Sunday.
There will also be two special deals ticket days. Oct. 29 is military and first responders appreciation day for active duty, retired, veteran and reservists along with law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs. They will be admitted free with one guest.
Free admission will be offered Nov. 1 with a copy of the Oct. 31 Post and Courier newspaper front page. One person is permitted per front page.
The Coastal Carolina Fair began in 1957.
27 Sep 22:25 UTC: Primero en informar: VolcanoDiscovery después de 3 minutos.27 Sep 22:29: Ahora usando una nueva fuente de datos: USGS27 Sep 22:50: Magnitud recalculada de 2.9 a 3.3. Profundidad recalculada de 9.5 a 6.4 km (de 5.9 a 4 mi). Ubicación del epicentro corregida 8.4 km (5.2 mi) al N.27 Sep 23:13: Profundidad recalculada de 6.4 a 6.8 km (de 4 a 4.2 mi).Small magnitude 3.3 quake hits 5 miles southeast of Summerville, South Carolina, United States early evening A ...
27 Sep 22:25 UTC: Primero en informar: VolcanoDiscovery después de 3 minutos.27 Sep 22:29: Ahora usando una nueva fuente de datos: USGS27 Sep 22:50: Magnitud recalculada de 2.9 a 3.3. Profundidad recalculada de 9.5 a 6.4 km (de 5.9 a 4 mi). Ubicación del epicentro corregida 8.4 km (5.2 mi) al N.27 Sep 23:13: Profundidad recalculada de 6.4 a 6.8 km (de 4 a 4.2 mi).
Small magnitude 3.3 quake hits 5 miles southeast of Summerville, South Carolina, United States early evening
A magnitude 3.3 earthquake near Summerville, Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA, was reported 32 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey, considered the key international and national agency that monitors seismic activity in the US. The earthquake occurred at a very shallow depth of 4 miles beneath the epicenter early evening on Monday, September 27th, 2021, at 6:21 pm local time. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 3.3 as well.Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter. Weak shaking might have been felt in Centerville (pop. 5,300) located 4 miles from the epicenter, Ladson (pop. 13,800) 4 miles away, and Summerville (pop. 48,800) 5 miles away.Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Goose Creek (pop. 40,600) located 7 miles from the epicenter, Hanahan (pop. 18,000) 8 miles away, North Charleston (pop. 108,300) 12 miles away, and Mt. Pleasant (pop. 81,300) 20 miles away.
Fecha & hora: 27 Sep 2021 22:21:57 UTC - hace 2 semanasHora local al epicentro: lunes, 27 sep 2021 18:21 (GMT -4) Magnitud: 3.3 Prof.: 6.8 km Epicentro latitud / longitud: 32.944°N / 80.154°W? (Condado de Dorchester, Carolina del Sur, Estados Unidos) Antipode: 32.944°S / 99.846°E? Nearby towns and cities:6 km al SSE de Centerville (pop: 5,290) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!6 km al SO de Ladson (pop: 13,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!9 km al SSE de Summerville (pop: 48,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!12 km al OSO de Goose Creek (pop: 40,600) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!13 km al ONO de Hanahan (pop: 18,000) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!19 km al ONO de North Charleston (pop: 108,300) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!32 km al ONO de Mt. Pleasant (pop: 81,300) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!130 km al NE de Savannah (Georgia) (pop: 145,700) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!143 km al SE de Columbia (pop: 133,800) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!719 km al SSO de Washington (District of Columbia) (pop: 601,700) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake: Few Clouds 25.9°C (79 F), humidity: 64%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from SSW
Fall is here, spooky season is upon us and Charleston will celebrate.Whether you’re looking to hit up the pumpkin patch, get spooked on a haunted hayride or party it up in costume, here are 13 ways to celebrate autumn’s arrival and Halloween’s advent in the Lowcountry.1. Boone Hall Fright NightsPrepare for a scare at the area’s haunted house extraordinaire. Boone Hall Fright Nights is running at a limited capacity on Thursdays through Sundays for the rest of the month.This year’s th...
Fall is here, spooky season is upon us and Charleston will celebrate.
Whether you’re looking to hit up the pumpkin patch, get spooked on a haunted hayride or party it up in costume, here are 13 ways to celebrate autumn’s arrival and Halloween’s advent in the Lowcountry.
Prepare for a scare at the area’s haunted house extraordinaire. Boone Hall Fright Nights is running at a limited capacity on Thursdays through Sundays for the rest of the month.
This year’s three attractions featuring a bevy of scare actors and spooky scenes are the Fallen Oaks Motel, Tiny’s Toy Factory and the Sinister Cinema Haunted Hayride.
WHEN: 6:30-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 6:30-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14-17, 21-24, 28-31
WHERE: Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, 235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant
PRICE: $35 Scream Pass, $55 VIP Faster to the Fear Pass, individual attraction tickets only sold in person for $18 each
It’s pumpkin-picking time and while there is an array of pop-up patches across the Lowcountry, one of the largest is at Boone Hall. The pumpkin patch not only serves as a place to select your gourd, but a fall festival as well.
There is a family-friendly monster hayride, petting zoo and corn maze, with inflatables and food vendors also on-site.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Sundays Oct. 15-17, 22-24, 28-30
WHERE: Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, 235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant
PRICE: $12 ages 2 and up
The Royal American will host an outdoor music festival featuring more than 15 bands on Halloween. The costume extravaganza will have two stages and music all afternoon and evening long.
Headliners are local hip-hop duo Little Stranger and Philly rock band Mo Lowda & The Humble.
WHEN: 1-11 p.m. Oct. 31
WHERE: The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, downtown
The Coastal Carolina Fair will be back after a gap year with rides, food vendors and games galore at the Ladson Exchange Park. Among announced performances are an all-star stunt dog show and country performance by Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, with more to be released closer to the event.
Hand sanitizing and washing stations will be available, and the fair recommends following masking and social distancing CDC and DHEC guidelines. The organization hosted its first fair in 1957.
WHEN: Oct. 28-Nov. 7
WHERE: Ladson Exchange Park, 9850 U.S. Highway 78, Ladson
PRICE: Discount prices through Oct. 27 are $10 adults general admission, $6 kids ages 6-12, free kids 5 and under, $23 rides wristband; Prices after Oct. 27 are $12 adults general admission, $7 kids ages 6-12, free kids 5 and under, $25-$35 ride wristbands; Free admission Nov. 1 with copy of Sunday’s Post and Courier
The Terrace Theater will keep its “Rocky Horror Picture Show” tradition alive this Halloween with screenings alongside a drag performance by Dudley’s on Ann’s Brooke Collins. It’s time to do the “Time Warp.” Costumes are encouraged, so dress up as Frank N. Furter, Magenta and your other favorite wacky, wild and wonderful characters from the 1975 horror musical.
WHEN: 11 p.m. Oct. 29, 30
WHERE: Terrace Theater, 1956D Maybank Highway, James Island
Studio 300, an annual nominee for Best Party of the Year in the Charleston City Paper, is back for its eighth installment. This year’s extravaganza at The Alley will be ’70s-themed.
The downtown bowling alley will take a step back in time as a DJ spins disco classics, along with hit tracks. There will also be a haunted house equipped with scare actors from flicks like “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Halloween.”
General admission tickets include cocktails, beer and wine; complimentary appetizers; free bowling and arcade games; haunted house access and a photo booth.
WHEN: 9 p.m. Oct. 29
WHERE: The Alley, 131 Columbus St., downtown
This free fall festival will feature live music, an artist market, costume contests, trick-or-treating on the street, a pop-up pumpkin patch, food and drink vendors and a kids’ zone.
PopRockCult will play, while human and pet costume contests ensue. And there’ll be on-site decorating stations near the pumpkin patch.
There are also fall festivals happening in Goose Creek, Ladson, Summerville, Mount Pleasant and other area townships. Check your local listings for what’s close by!
WHEN: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 23
WHERE: Olde Village, E. Montague Ave. near Park Circle, North Charleston
Lo-Fi Brewing will host a Halloween cover show featuring three Charleston bands. Canopy Hands will cover Steely Dan, Orange Doors will take on Neutral Milk Hotel and Newgrounds Death Rugby will perform The Cure.
There will be Lo-Fi beers on tap all night.
There will also be a belated Halloween cover show featuring local bands at the Tin Roof on Nov. 7 for those looking to celebrate on a different night. Just an excuse to wear your costume again!
WHEN: 8:30-11:30 p.m. Oct. 29
WHERE: Lo-Fi Brewing, 2038 Meeting Street Road, downtown
PRICE: $10 advance, $15 day of show
The Original Pub & Brewery Tours of Charleston is bringing a wicked adventure during the month of October. The Haunted Pub Crawl will take groups on walking tours throughout downtown Charleston as the guide regales them with spooky stories, odd tales and local legends.
There will be light appetizers and pub stops along the way.
WHEN: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 31
WHERE: Departing from Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub, 160 Church St., downtown
This kid-friendly festival at the Citadel Mall will feature trick-or-treating, vendors, a petting zoo, balloon art, face painting, activity zones and character meet and greets.
The first 1,500 trick-or-treaters are guaranteed candy, and there will be costume prizes.
WHEN: 12-6 p.m. Oct. 24
WHERE: Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley
There will be free fried fish and red rice, along with music from DJ Terry Base, for this fall festival. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
WHEN: 3-6 p.m. Oct. 30
WHERE: Jenkins Orphanage, 3923 Azalea Drive, North Charleston
Halloween is a Sunday this year, which means brunch. To celebrate in a spooky but sweet way, there will be a drag brunch Halloween special at Trio featuring the cast of “HalloQUEEN”: Brooke Collins, Juliana Jade, Shariese Ses Pieces and Medusa Chaos, with a halftime performance by Scarlette Ray.
WHEN: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 31
WHERE: Trio, 139 Calhoun St., downtown
PRICE: $20 general admission
If you’re looking to catch a spooky flick to get in the Halloween mood, try “Hocus Pocus” at The Restoration. There’ll be a screening of the holiday classic starring the Sanderson Sisters on the rooftop.
Admission includes your choice of popcorn or movie candy.
You can also catch drive-in Halloween flicks at The Terrace to satiate your hankering for a scare, with “The Blair Witch Project” and “Hereditary” slated for Oct. 22-24 and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Halloween” playing Oct. 29-31.
WHEN: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 28
WHERE: The Restoration, 75 Wentworth St., downtown
After surviving Georgia Tech a week ago, Clemson’s luck ran out on Saturday evening at Carter-Finley Stadium. The ninth-ranked Tigers fell to NC State 27-21 in double overtime for their second loss of the year.“We’re not very good right now. That’s why we’re 2-2,” coach Dabo Swinney said. “It’s my job to get us better. ... You’ve got to own it. That’s where we are right now. We’ve still got eight games on our schedule.”Here’s what we learned about Cle...
After surviving Georgia Tech a week ago, Clemson’s luck ran out on Saturday evening at Carter-Finley Stadium. The ninth-ranked Tigers fell to NC State 27-21 in double overtime for their second loss of the year.
“We’re not very good right now. That’s why we’re 2-2,” coach Dabo Swinney said. “It’s my job to get us better. ... You’ve got to own it. That’s where we are right now. We’ve still got eight games on our schedule.”
Here’s what we learned about Clemson.
The last time the Tigers (2-2, 1-1 ACC) lost at least two regular season games was in 2014, falling to Georgia, Florida State and Georgia Tech. They finished 10-3 and beat Oklahoma that season in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
It’s also Clemson first loss to an unranked team since a 27-24 defeat at the hands of Syracuse in 2017. That year, though, it was the Tigers’ lone regular-season loss and they reached the College Football Playoff championship game before falling to Alabama 24-6.
Saturday’s loss virtually guarantees the Tigers’ elimination from this year’s College Football Playoff picture, which would end a six-year streak. The Tigers were already on the fringe after falling to Georgia in the season opener and lackluster offensive performances against SC State and Georgia Tech.
Clemson’s offense still hasn’t figured it out. After a close call against Georgia Tech at home a week ago, it seemed the Tigers would be able to use that for a big game against NC State. That didn’t happen, however.
The Tigers showed promise with a strong scoring drive in the first quarter that ended with Justyn Ross catching a 32-yard dart from D.J. Uiagalelei at the 9:11 juncture. From there, however, they couldn’t put together another scoring drive. At the half, the group had only nine rushing yards.
Through three quarters, Clemson was 0-for-7 on third-down conversions before converting in the fourth quarter. Another Ross-Uiagalelei connection for 11 yards kept the series alive, ending with a five-yard TD trot from Will Shipley with 10:52 remaining in regulation.
The Tigers’ defense could only hold opponents out of the end zone for so long and NC State got the job done Saturday. An outstretched Emeka Emezie caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Devin Leary with five seconds left in the first quarter.
Clemson did itself no favors with two offsides penalties to give NC State 10 yards.
The Wolfpack reached the end zone again two quarters later with Leary connecting with Devin Carter for a 12-yard score. Earlier in that drive, Tigers linebacker Baylon Spector was called for a personal foul.
Coming into the Week 4 contest, Clemson was already going to be down a defensive tackle after Tyler Davis tore his bicep, which required surgery and a seven- to eight-week recovery. The pregame notes also revealed that cornerback Fred Davis would be unavailable. Losing two more defensive players only made things worse.
Sixth-year senior linebacker James Skalski exited Saturday’s contest early in the second quarter and sophomore defensive tackle Bryan Bresee left at the 9:09 mark of the third quarter with a left leg injury.
LaVonta Bentley came in for Skalski, while Ruke Orhorhoro and Tre Williams replaced Tyler Davis and Bresee.
Shipley was helped off the field and taken to the locker room during the first overtime with what appeared to be a leg injury. He ended the game with 36 yards on 11 carries.
CLEM—Ross 32 pass from Uiagalelei (Potter kick), 9:11.
NCST—Emezie 9 pass from Leary (C.Dunn kick), :05.
NCST—D.Carter 12 pass from Leary (C.Dunn kick), 5:10.
CLEM—Shipley 5 run (Potter kick), 10:52.
CLEM—Ross 9 pass from Uiagalelei (Potter kick), :00.
NCST—T.Thomas 2 pass from Leary (C.Dunn kick), :00.
NCST—D.Carter 22 pass from Leary (pass failed), :00.
First downs: NC State 31-10
Total yards: NC State 386-215
Time of poss: NC State 42:07 to 17:54
RUSHING—Clemson, Uiagalelei 9-63, Shipley 11-36, Pace 2-5, (Team) 1-(minus 1). NC State, Person 21-91, Knight 23-79, Leary 7-(minus 22).
PASSING—Clemson, Uiagalelei 12-26-1-111. NC State, Leary 32-44-0-238, T.Thomas 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—Clemson, Ross 8-77, Ngata 2-36, Ladson 1-(minus 1), Shipley 1-(minus 1). NC State, Emezie 14-116, D.Carter 5-54, T.Thomas 5-18, Person 3-16, Pennix 1-11, Toudle 1-11, Lesane 1-10, Rooks 1-4, Knight 1-(minus 2).
MISSED FIELD GOALS—NC State, C.Dunn 53, C.Dunn 51, C.Dunn 39.
This story was originally published September 25, 2021 7:24 PM.
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Lots of rain and no solutions.Homeowners in the Berkeley County neighborhood of College Parks Estates are looking for answers from county leaders.“The people in College Park that live on this canal hasn'...
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Lots of rain and no solutions.
Homeowners in the Berkeley County neighborhood of College Parks Estates are looking for answers from county leaders.
“The people in College Park that live on this canal hasn't seen any relief from this,” said resident Marshall Harrison.
His neighbor, Ben Ramsey, said his home has fought a losing battle with heavy rain and flooding for more than 10 years.
“We've been flooded 10 times since 2008,” Ramsey said. “Some, just a little bit of water; some, up to 3-and-a-half-foot of water in the downstairs. Our downstairs is useless.”
Monday’s floodwaters turned the College Park Canal into a raging river.
On Tuesday, Berkeley County crews could be seen dealing with the aftermath left behind on neighborhood bridges, removing trash and debris to allow water to flow downstream.
“They put in these barriers that are supposed to catch all this debris,” Harrison said. “But problem with that is there’s nowhere for the water to flow at that time, and it backs it up farther.”
The WaterGoat was installed by the county to act as a trash-trap, collecting debris at an isolated location and preventing it to flow into harder to reach areas.
But when it comes to clearing out the apparatus, county councilman Tommy Newell said it should be a community effort.
“The volunteer fire department can assist; the county can assist but it has to be a community-type thing,” Newell said.
Newell said he is well-aware of the flooding issues within the neighborhood and said it’s an ongoing issue every time there is a thunderstorm.
He said the county has not sat idly by.
“The county can only do so much,” Newell said. “We have been doing stuff. I’ve asked administration to come up with a history of what we’ve done so we can give that to the public to show we are spending your tax money properly to fix this issue.”
He said the real issue at hand sits outside the county’s jurisdiction.
The Army Corps of Engineers has control over any wetlands dredging.
Currently, a study is underway to investigate current conditions in the neighborhood.
“Box culverts and pipes and other roads and stuff that need to be switched out because they’re 50 years old,” Newell said.
Until changes are made, Newell wants community members— especially those in College Park Estates— to know he is right there with them.
“I’m out there driving the flooded area, making sure people aren’t stranded, stuff like that; that’s what I was doing,” he said. “People say we’re not doing anything and that’s just not true.”
Newell says the results of the study are expected to be available within the coming month.
He encourages community members to volunteer to clear out the WaterGoat.
Volunteers can sign up by contacting Stormwater Program Manager Thurman Simmons at Thurman.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (843) 719-2691.
They can also contact Sarah McCarthy-Smith at email@example.com or call (843) 719-2383.