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Garden City prepares for potential flooding from Tropical Storm Ana

GARDEN CITY, (WMBF) - As the tropical storm approaches, local residents of Garden City are preparing for whatever it may bring.

There's no doubt people in Garden City know what to do when coastal flooding is in the forecast, and it starts with realizing the forecast can quickly change.

"You can't fool with Mother Nature," Linda Diane explained.

Linda Diane won't be taking any chances when it comes to Tropical Storm Ana, and no matter what happens, she has a plan.

"If there's going to be more wind damage I would probably secure myself on the lower level, take anything I could to block the window, take pillows, blankets, with my cats in their cage, if it floods, I'm going up," Diane said.

Chief Norman Knight with Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Rescue is calling this weekend's storm a rain event.

He says right now both Horry and Georgetown counties are operating at OPCON 4, meaning there is a possibility of an emergency or disaster situation.

No matter what the storm may bring, locals know what the threat of tropical weather means.

"When it's really bad.... it's like a ghost town, they run everybody off because it does flood here very bad," Tommy Phipps said.

Phipps has been working at Sam's Corner in Garden City for more than 38 years, and has seen many storms and hurricanes come and go.

Some of the areas Chief Knight says flood the most, Dogwood Drive, Cypress Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, and North and South Waccamaw Drive.

Locals say the water simply takes over. "The whole road, sometimes you can't even see the road," Phipps explained.

Knight advises both visitors and locals to avoid driving through deep water and locals agree it doesn't take much for the area to flood.

"We're lower than sea level, all of Garden City is lower than sea level, so you get a little rain, and the inlet and the ocean, collide, it's going to flood," Phipps said.

Now the Red Cross is also on standby this weekend. The agency said if it gets the call from emergency management, there will be no hesitation to open a shelter in the worst hit area.

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