TADD Signs Going Up In Greenville, SC
During the summer of 2009, the City of Greenville started preparing a Disaster Mitigation plan so that they could take advantage of certain future FEMA hazard mitigation grant programs. Funding to prepare such a plan was made available, in part, by a grant from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Flood Mitigation Program.
Greenville County is threatened by a number of natural hazards. These hazards endanger the health and safety of the population of the community, jeopardize its economic vitality, and imperil the quality of its environment. One of the main hazards addressed in the plan was flash flooding.
"I have a great working relationship with The City of Greenville," stated Patricia Tanner, the Service Hydrologist at the Greenville/Spartanburg, SC Weather Forecast Office. "Whenever there is the threat of flood, we are on the phone talking about the potential impact."
The City of Greenville identified past flood locations with the help of public and private sector input, along with input from the National Weather Service at Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP). Once the flood locations were identified, plans were made to purchase and demolish buildings in the flood plain and make these areas into greenways. In the case that purchasing property was not feasible, the city and county decided to take the NWS GSP suggestion to purchase TADD (Turn Around, Don’t Drown) signs.
The City of Greenville’s flood plain management and Greenville County code enforcement division purchased 10 TADD signs from a local traffic sign company. To date, they have installed 8 of the signs near bridges and roads that have frequent flood problems. Some of these locations have roads where line of sight to the bridges and areas that flood are limited. With these signs motorists are now made aware of the flooding dangers that could exist just around the bend and are warned of the flood dangers.