More rain means more problems for Waccamaw River residents
Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:55:34 GMT —
Several more inches of rain may mean even higher water for Waccamaw River neighborhoods that have largely cleared out because of flooding.
On Lee's Landing Circle near Conway, there is silence. While many residents have fled their homes for drier land, Jane Watson was one of the few holdouts -- a one-woman island.
"My husband's been going out and measuring the water, he's been checking the gauges and things, but now, it's getting time," she said.
And by time, she means time to leave.
"My neighbors on all sides have already gone," said Watson.
As of 2:15 Friday afternoon, the Waccamaw River was at 13 feet, two inches higher than flood stage.
Watson said she hasn't had this much flooding on her property since Hurricane Floyd.
"When Floyd came through in 1999, it dumped, like, 17 or 19 inches of rain like in one day," she said, "but this has taken a while to come up, so that's the difference."
The other side of the river is experiencing problems as well. Flooding is so bad near the Conway Riverwalk that the park is closed.
Horry County emergency management officials say those living near the river are familiar with how to handle high waters, but they'll be on standby until the rising slows.
"The big impact will be is if the water rises enough to start getting into people's houses," Randy Webster with Horry County Emergency Management said. "We may see a little bit of that if this continues to happen over the next few days. Then it becomes a whole different scenario."
That includes knowing when the situation is bad enough to leave.
"If you have medical conditions or find yourself in situations that may cause you to need a first responder to come to your home, then you need to make some considerations on that and decide if you really want to be able to stay there or not," Watson said.