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Floods close roads in the Pee Dee

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AYNOR, SC (WMBF)- Heavy rains in Aynor turned front yards and drainage ditches into knee deep ponds.

Homeowners in the area are getting used to the problems like this that occur every time rain exceeds a few inches.

Brenda Alvarez, a concerned homeowner said, "when we get six inches of rain, there is just nowhere for it to go."

Alvarez and her husband Al have lived in Aynor for years and she says in the past several years, there has been nowhere for the rain water to go because of inadequate drainage throughout the neighborhood. Unfortunately for residents, the flooding is not just affecting the roads and yards.

"It's gotten in our homes," Al said. "It's gotten in my garage, my next door neighbor, he's had it washing out the bottom of his house."

The couple said their drainage systems simply can't handle the amount of rain water that comes through the area. The rain falls on highway 319 and then splits two ways. This time, the Alvarez's are better off than some of their other neighbors.

"There are homes on the other side of town that have got water coming. They've got ponds in their homes which are normally green fields," Al Alvarez said.

The flooding isn't the only problem according to Alvarez. He is also worried about the after effects of the poor drainage system throughout the neighborhood.

We've had a couple of manholes that we saw water coming out of, which is not safe and definitely an environmental issue," Alvarez said.

Members of the neighborhood have brought this up to city leaders and, so far, they say they haven't seen the level of assistance that they were hoping for.

"The state has already said that they've offered us 250 thousand dollars," Al Alvarez explained. "But $250,000 is just a drop in the bucket for what's going to have to happen here."

Alvarez and other community members continue to fight for change, but at this point there is not much they can do. They just hope enough people will hear their plea so next time it rains, the town won't be underwater.

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