The Town of Kershaw is receiving a $1.8 million federal grant for water infrastructure improvements in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Irma in 2017.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration grant will be matched by $470,020 in local investment to prevent future flooding, according to a news release.
“When Hurricane Irma struck South Carolina in 2017, the Trump Administration moved rapidly to help the affected communities recover,” Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, said in the release. “The improvements made to the wastewater infrastructure system in Kershaw will increase disaster resiliency and ensure major employers remain open following severe weather events in the future.”
Hurricane Irma caused “significant damage and infiltration” to the Lancaster County town’s water system, according to the release. The Catawaba Regional Council of Governments led regional planning efforts for the improvement project.
“Hurricane Irma reminded all of us in South Carolina just how important our water utilities are,” U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman said. “Specifically in the Town of Kershaw, problems with water infrastructure could easily mean devastation for not only the town, but also southern parts of Lancaster County and northern areas of Kershaw County. … This money will help bring the town’s wastewater systems up to today’s standards and help protect the community’s homes and businesses from future flooding events.”