SC HOA cannot afford to repair dam

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

Just a few months following record rainfall and flooding in South Carolina, homeowners in several Association-Governed Communities are dealing with the loss of their greatest assets – their lakes.

One of those communities is Lake Elizabeth in Richland County. After their dam was washed away in October, the state agency ordered the HOA to lower the water level.


Lake Elizabeth Dam breached, 11th in the state (see photo)


Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Emergency Order


Lake Elizabeth’s dam must be repaired by the HOA in order to restore previous lake levels. Wilson Blvd, the main access road for the community, cannot be rebuilt until the dam is in place. Until then, drivers are detoured right through the quiet community.

There’s just one problem: it is going to cost at least a half million dollars to repair the dam, and the HOA lacks the funds to take care of it. The community and its dam date back to the 1960s.

Lake Elizabeth homeowners worried neighborhood may remain in shambles after flood



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