Contractor Sues City Over Storm Water Drainage Job

Wed June 08, 2005 - Southeast Edition

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (AP) A contractor hired to pipe storm water runoff 1,000 ft. (305 m) into the ocean has sued Myrtle Beach for more than $4 million.

Sunland Construction Co. said the city and several engineers failed to tell its workers there were rocks and water under the beach that would make the project either impossible or too expensive, according to the lawsuit filed in April in federal court.

The city ended its contract with Sunland in March because the project was several weeks behind schedule.

Myrtle Beach has filed a counter claim, asking for damages from Sunland’s breach of contract for failing to finish the job. The city also filed a claim against the engineers who examined the area beneath the beach to determine if it was a good place to bury the pipe.

Myrtle Beach wants to pipe storm water deep into the ocean because it can lead to high bacteria rates if allowed to drain on the beaches.

The city has completed one deep-water ocean outfall pipe and began work on another in February.