Mayor monitors pond runoff

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Williamston Mayor Mack Durham walks away from a Bigby Street home after advising the residents why water was rising in front of and around their home Friday evening. Officials with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control issued an emergency order Friday morning that the pond on Moorings Drive, must be drained immediately.

SCDHEC has been monitoring the dam closely for the past several weeks and after an inspection Wednesday and the findings submitted to Columbia officials, the order came Friday. Wendell Ellison, who had been in touch with the property owner after The Journal reported the situation the land owner faced, came out Friday afternoon and began draining the pond. A shallow trench was dug out of the dam and water began emptying from the pond. (Photo by David Rogers)