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Abandoned patrol car near Highway 9 and 57 near North Myrtle Beach (Source: Jonathan Dick) Abandoned patrol car near Highway 9 and 57 near North Myrtle Beach (Source: Jonathan Dick)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The flood warning has been extended until 1:30 a.m. for Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Williamsburg, Florence, Darlington, Georgetown, Robeson, Scotland and Horry counties, according to the NWS. 

Horry County has moved to OPCON 3 due to flooding issues, according to a news release from Horry County Government. "OPCON 3 means that the storm continues to pose a significant threat to Horry County." 

At 12 a.m. Horry County temporarily suspended the Emergency Operations Center (EOC); it could reopen throughout the weekend as needed. 

The American Red Cross will be opening a shelter at 10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach located at 200 Highway 17 S, according to Nanci Conley, executive director.

A release from the Red Cross states he shelter will be in the Family Life Center located behind the church and will provide residents a safe, dry place to sleep, meals, and other services. 

Horry County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Brian VanAernem confirms an earthen dam/levee break in Heather Lakes neighborhood in Little River along Highway 17 near Pavilion Drive. He says the fire department closed Highway 17, Pavilion Drive and Highway 179. So far, crews have performed 13 rescues from homes in several neighborhoods in the Little River area.

Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach is closed, according to authorities in NMB.

The following roads are reported closed per Lisa Bourcier with Horry County:

  • Highway 57
  • Highway 9
  • roads at the border of NC 17

The South Carolina Highway Patrol PublicCAD is reporting roadway flooding at the following locations in Horry County:

  • Highway 57 at Highway 9
  • Highway 90 at Robert Edge Connector
  • Highway 9 at the Candy Factory
  • 9600 Kings Road in Myrtle Beach
  • Highway 17 northbound
  • Lake Arrowhead Road 
  • Highway 17 in front of the CVS in Little River
  • Highway 90 at Sandridge Road
  • Calabash Road between Highway 17 and Highway 57
  • Highway 111 at Lafayette Subdivision
  • 4046 Fairway Drive off Highway 17 in Little River
  • Highway 179 (all roads coming from North Carolina) 
  • Highway 9 at Lakes at Plantation Pines in Longs

NWS reports the road closed on Highway 17 near Baldwin Avenue in Little River.

Widespread rain continues with 1-3 inches likely over the next several hours. So far there are no reports of flooding outside of Horry County. 

Some areas near North Myrtle Beach have seen 5-8 inches since this morning. Another 1 to 3 is likely the next few hours. 

Mobile users, tap here to view a slideshow of scene of flooding around the area: http://www.wmbfnews.com/slideshow?widgetid=170657&clienttype=generic

At 4:03 p.m., Doppler radar indicated a widespread area of moderate to heavy rain capable of producing flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

“Rainfall amounts from this activity will range from 1 to 3 inches...with isolated higher amounts possible. All of this will occur across already-saturated grounds from rains that occurred last night.  “

According to NWS, some locations that will experience flooding include:

Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach Whiteville Sunset Beach, North Myrtle Beach Airport, Springmaid Pier, Little River, Myrtle Beach Airport, Iredell, Carolina Shores, Tabor City, Loris, Chadbourn, Calabash, Bethel Lake Waccamaw, Fair Bluff Boardman Allsbrook and Williams.

This includes the following highways: US Route 74 between mile markers 376 and 403. US Route 17 in Brunswick County between mile markers 1 and 6. SC highway 31 between mile markers 6 and 24. SC highway 22 between mile markers 12 and 26.

The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety wants to remind drivers to avoid driving around barriers that warn you that the road is flooded. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters. Only 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult; it takes only 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car and 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. Any location where water flows across the road may result in a scour or complete wash-out. The dangers of flooding are even greater at night becuase the hazards become harder to recognize.

The NWS has issued a flood advisory until 8 p.m. for urban areas and small streams in the following South and North Carolina locations:

Bladen County in southeastern North Carolina, Robeson County in southeastern North Carolina, northwestern Horry County in northeastern South Carolina, northeastern Marion County in northeastern South Carolina, Dillon County in northeastern South Carolina and Marlboro County in northeastern South Carolina.

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