CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of homes near Sherwood Avenue in Conway are facing feet of flood water in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
"This is going to be historic,” said Kent Hendrick, “Most of these people never knew they would ever flood.”
"This areas never flooded before. It should never flood,” said Conway City Administrator Adam Emrick.
City officials went out in the community today to take a look at the damage in the early stages hoping to figure out where to eventually start the recovery process.
"When the storm is over, when the water recedes when the flooding is away, what sort of impact is that going to have on this community, how much are they going to be facing, how much damage are they going to have how much money are they going to have to put back into their homes,” said Emrick.
The damage assessment was only possible with the help of Hendrick and his local business Waccamaw Outfitters. "We're a community, we're a family and we try to help. We try to give back,” said Hendrick.
Hendrick and his team are just one of many to come together to help this neighborhood recover from what they've lost.
“We had hundreds of people from this neighborhood just three days ago who don't live here who don't know people and they were just an outpouring of support,” said Emrick.
The city is doing what they can while they wait for the water to recede, and then the real clean up begins.
"I don't think we're going to fully understand how much damage we have until the water is fully out of these neighborhoods and that could take weeks,” said Emrick.
"There are a lot of people here who have lost everything they've ever had. How do you replace a scrapbook of family memories? You can't,” said Hendrick.