• SC Floodwater Commission to assess drains as hurricane season approaches

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    SOUTH CAROLINA - South Carolina's newly formed Floodwater Commission Task Force wants to start looking at drains across the state as this year's hurricane season approaches. 

    The group of leaders and scientists from across South Carolina met for the second time Friday. 

    [ALSO READ: South Carolina damage estimates from Hurricane Florence cut in half]

    Officials said they discussed making state and federal partnerships and previewing studies they are hoping to conduct. 

    The biggest focus was on improving and fixing existing drainage systems.

    Chairman Thomas Mullikin said this is one of the ways the group can make immediate changes as the next hurricane season looms closer. 

    "The battle rhythm for this commission is gonna be blue collar. Lunch bucket, getting things done and we will identify those," Mullikin said. "We're gonna begin to clean ditches and culverts collectively." 

    [North Carolina lawmakers approve $400M in Florence spending]

    Governor McMaster established the Flood Commission in October to organize priorities on how best to recover in the months following Hurricane Florence and Michael. 

    Florence caused the state's third massive flood in four years. 

    The commission will meet regularly to plan ahead for future flooding events. 

    Immediately following Friday's meeting, the commission planted sweet grass to symbolize "living shoreline," which is one of the ten sub-groups of the commission. 

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