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Flood survivors demand county address these eight concerns

Horry County local April Thomas is a core member of United Flooded States of America. #UnitedFloodedStatesofAmerica

The group believes the flooding we experienced last Fall with Hurricane Florence, will, in fact, happen again and again with each future hurricane related event.

United Flood States of America wants issues surrounding flooding and temporary home displacement, as a result of flooding, to be primary issues of policy concern for Horry County Council and our State government.

Thomas posted the group’s eight demands on Facebook today.

Our Eight Demands

1. Stop paving wetlands and building in flood-prone areas

2. Prevent excessive runoff into rivers, creeks, streams, marshes, bayous and swamps

3. Secure federal funds to elevate or buy out vulnerable homes

4. Install rain gardens, bioswales and vegetation to locally manage stormwater

5. Protect and expand natural buffers against floods: wetlands, forests and barrier islands

6. Ensure that the National Flood Insurance Program puts high risk communities & science first

7. Use climate predictions and current data in every local government zoning, building regulation and finance decision

8. Reduce global warming by using only clean, renewable energy sources

If you , your friends, or neighbors were affected by last year’s flooding or should you wish to participate in the largest flood survivor network coping with a changing landscape due to over development and related storm water run off issues, find Higher Ground on Facebook.

By working together, United Flood States of America believes we can make your family’s and your future more resilient and sustainable.

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