Pawleys Island residents prep for rising flood water

Monday is last day to receive free sandbags in Georgetown County

Pawleys Island residents prep for rising flood water

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) - A line wraps through the Pawleys Island street as residents make last-minute preparations in anticipation of rising flood waters. Monday was the last day to receive free sandbags from the director of public services.

“Today we estimate there have been around 10,000 bags have been distributed thus far and folks are still coming in,” said Ray Funnye, director of public services for Georgetown County.

Volunteers from Waccamaw Middle School helped load sandbags into the line of cars, 10 bags at a time. Many of the residents in line were familiar faces.

“It’s awesome,” said Travis Klatka, vice principal at Waccamaw Middle School. “It just shows you that community spirit we have. A lot of the football team is out here and that’s how you build a community and a program. We have people out here helping each other and doing whatever they can."

WMBF First Alert meteorologists expect the nearby Waccamaw River to crest sometime late Tuesday night or overnight through Wednesday morning.

In the meantime, some are hunkering down and preparing to ride out the storm.

“We’re sticking in town,” said Don Williams, physical education coach at Waccamaw Middle. “We left for the hurricane but we think we can beat this one.”

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