I was taken back to learn that there are 2,300 mostly earthen and privately owned dams in South Carolina. Likewise I was appalled to read that we rank 47th nationally in the money spent to inspect and maintain them.
How many citizens will see this as a shirking of our responsibility?
In a state that routinely decries the federal government and spending money generally, it is interesting to watch how eagerly our people clamor for federal designations of disaster and a spigot of FEMA funds.
It appears that a significant amount of the flood damage resulted from decisions that private property owners carelessly made about land use and development: They dammed water without rigorous state requirements or inspections or enforcement. Why should a select few citizens, with tacit state support, be allowed to wreak such havoc?
Why should the federal government, which we say we despise, foot the bill for our blatant negligence?