CCPL Seeking Community Input on Proposed Solutions for West Ashley Library Flooding

 Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) wants the community’s input as it works to find a solution to the ongoing flooding issues at one of its branches. CCPL and Charleston County Government are hosting a public forum on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. to collect feedback from community members about proposed solutions for ongoing flooding concerns at the West Ashley Library on Windermere Blvd. The information collected during this forum will help both CCPL and the County determine the best way to proceed.      

Meeting date and location:
Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
West Ashley Library
45 Windermere Blvd, Charleston

“One of our top priorities at CCPL is providing safe and equitable access to our libraries and resources,” said CCPL Executive Director Angela Craig. “The issues caused by the flooding at this branch are a challenge to the community and must be resolved.” 

Flooding has been an ongoing issue for the library branch, particularly in recent years. In 2014, Charleston County voters passed a $108.5 million referendum to build five new libraries and renovate and update existing libraries. As part of the planning for renovations to the branch, the County retained Liollio Architecture to conduct a feasibility study to address the flooding. According to the report, the branch flooded three times and was closed a total of 112 days over the last four years. Over this same period, approximately $157,500 was spent to repair damages caused by flooding. The Library also spent more than $12,000 on replacing collection items such as books and other materials that were damaged by flood waters. After Hurricane Irma in 2017, the library was entirely flooded by at least 3 inches of tidal, rain and sewer water, and had to be closed for approximately two months for repairs and cleaning.

Through the study, Liollio identified five proposed solutions and analyzed the feasibility of each. During the forum, the study’s findings will be shared, the County and Library will discuss potential solutions and collect feedback from the community.   

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