As Lees Landing dries out, problems still remain

This stretch of warmer and drier weather has been a blessing for many living along the Waccamaw River near Conway.

That's especially true for residents on Lees Landing Circle off of Highway 90.

On Friday, there were some signs of improvement in the flooding, particularly on the roads.

Since last week, the water that covered sections of the roads has dropped dramatically.

"People can start driving through it again and start taking their cars back out," said Hunter Hucks.

"Every day you can see the coverage recede and the water is not as deep as it was at its peak," said Bruce Thompson.

At its peak, the Waccamaw River had risen to around 13 feet, which is two feet higher than flood stage.

Although residents like Thompson are still using a boat to get to and from their home on the main road, he said the flooding around his home has gone down, too. Residents said they've seen the water levels drop around one inch every 24 hours.

"The water level at my house has dropped probably five or six inches," Thompson said.

However, the water hasn't dropped low enough for people to live their lives like they are used to. Thompson, who owns a dog, said it has started to cause some problems for people who own pets.

"The problem is that we've lost our yard and most people here have dogs and there is no place for dogs to roam around."

The high water levels are making it easier for other, more dangerous animals to move around backyards.

"Snakes are a problem. There was a water moccasin sunning himself on my picnic table in the backyard," Thompson said.

"We've seen gators in our backyard. We just started seeing them last night, "Hucks said.

Once the water recedes and the wildlife has gone, many of the residents are left with the memories and lessons learned.

For Thompson, there is nothing he would do differently if the area flooded again.

"There's nothing that I could do that I haven't already done in anticipation of this happening," he said.