Horry County preps for possible severe flooding

Rivers rising in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Tuesday marks nearly two weeks since the heavy and continuous rain began. On Tuesday evening, Waccamaw River was put under a flood warning along with several other rivers in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. Horry County Spokeswoman, Lisa Bourcier, said as of Tuesday the Waccamaw River was at its capacity. Bourcier said the county's public safety officials are working around the clock to ensure severe flooding doesn't become a problem. Bourcier said if the rain tapers in the next few days, excess flooding likely won't happen.

"Our storm water sheds, our canals, our swamps our retention ponds, our catch basins are all pretty much at capacity at this point," Bourcier said.

Bourcier said although the storm water drains are nearly all full, the sporadic rain has helped prevent severe flooding.

"The only thing that's kind of spared us is it's not an overall rain event that's happened county-wide for these last several days. It's kind of been hit and miss. We might get six inches here in Little River and three inches in Conway so it's been kind of sporadic throughout these last couple of weeks," Bourcier said.

Bourcier said the county has received dozens of calls for service in the past week. Bourcier said the county welcomes these calls so that it knows where repair service is needed.

"We've received probably over 70 calls within the last week. Various complaints with issues and that's something we still need to hear. If we have one side of the road that is draining properly and the other side that's not it could be that that pipe is too small and it needs to be replaced or upgraded or that something is clogged," Bourcier said.

Anyone who has a road or drainage issue in the unincorporated areas of Horry County can call this number to report an issue: 843-381-8000.

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