NICHOLS, S.C. – More than 500 volunteers are needed for a cleanup effort Saturday in Nichols.

Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Floodwater Commission Chairman Tom Mullikin have announced a collaborative initiative to assist the town of Nichols and Marion County with drainage maintenance.

The South Carolina Floodwater Commission will hold its quarterly meeting in Nichols and will host an event that same day that brings volunteer groups together with local and state government to clean ditches and make other repairs to the drainage system in and around Nichols.

“The South Carolina Floodwater Commission was created to unleash the spirit of cooperation and collaboration among South Carolinians in addressing our ongoing flooding concerns,” McMaster said. “Identifying drainage maintenance needs at the local level and working together to address those needs is how good government should work. I encourage South Carolinians to join us in Nichols on June 15 to take part in what will serve as a model for flood-impacted counties around the state.”

The event in Nichols is the result of the Floodwater Commission’s Infrastructure and Shoreline Armoring Task Force determining that an important part in managing stormwater is to address the performance and operation of the existing drainage system.

Mullikin said there is much to do on Saturday.

“We need the help of the citizens of this great state. We are issuing a call to action for volunteers to sign up and help us make a difference in the community by getting the existing drainage system up to a state of good repair,” he said.

A local task force has been formed in Marion County to identify, prioritize and formulate a work plan to address the deferred maintenance of the drainage ditches and canals in the area. The work plan includes clearing trees, limbs and debris from the drainage canals and ditches, removing sediment from clogged ditches and replacement of a broken drainage pipe.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, a Republican who represents District 7 in South Carolina, is encouraging members of the community to take part in the cleanup day.

“I am continually amazed by how our community has come together to help neighbors, friends and even strangers as we recover from Hurricane Florence,” he said in a news release. “Please join my team and me at this Saturday’s volunteer day in Nichols to assist with drainage maintenance, which is an important aspect of storm water management. I hope to see you on Saturday!”

Rice is the chairman of the Federal Funding Task Force on the South Carolina Floodwater Commission.

Volunteers are encouraged to visit the Floodwater Commission webpage and use the online portal to sign up for event Saturday in Nichols. Three-hour shifts for various activities are planned throughout the day, with the first shift beginning at 8 a.m. at Nichols Town Hall.

To sign up to volunteer on Saturday, visit signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4cadaf2ca4ff2-governors?_sm_au_=iQVZSvQTSHS08vfP.