Homeowners living in ‘flood-free zone’ prep for rising waters

Backyards submerged as ICWW nears crest

Homeowners living in ‘flood-free zone’ prep for rising waters

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Residents along Guinevere Lane in Myrtle Beach say they were told their homes would be safe in the event of a flood. However, with the nearby Intracoastal Waterway approaching flood stages, their backyards are already submerged.

“My agent said we didn’t really need because we didn’t live in a flood zone, so we didn’t bother,” said homewoner Wesley Wigfield, who has lived in the home since early 2017. “But that’s going to be rethought."

Five homes along the backside of Guinevere Lane are severely impacted by the rising waters while the surrounding neighborhood shows no real signs of damage.

“Never in my life would I have expected the water to be this high," said resident Robinson Govoy. “I prepared everything. Plastic with sandbags and even plywood but still water is coming in through the screen door.”

A resident submitted a video to WMBF News of an alligator in the water behind the homes.

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Residents say a strong smell is beginning to form near the water and they fear trees are rotting from sitting in the newly-soaked areas.

“I hope the water stays where it is now,” said homeowner Natalie Landis. “But tomorrow it’s supposed to crest down at the Intracoastal Waterway so I’m sure we’ll get another few feet.”

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