Lexington County might use flood aid to fix roads, creek that overflowed

Lexington County officials might use $16.3 million in federal aid to repair damaged roads and reduce flooding along Kinley Creek.

The proposal outlined to County Council on Tuesday is the first indication of how aid received for recovery from October flooding could be used. It would earmark aid mainly to fix roads in the southern part of the county and make drainage improvements on the creek near Irmo. No specifics were given.

A dozen rural roads remain impassable after sections were washed out, while 99 homes along the creek were damaged.

County community development director Charles Garren will bring in a detailed plan once it’s clear that federal officials approve those uses.

“We’re still waiting for the final blessing.” he said. Work on the projects could stretch over five years, he work.