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Garden City trying to keep afloat while high tide and rain hits the area

GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) - An area that's no stranger to flooding is Garden City, and it’s getting hit for the second time this week.

Garden City experienced high tide, Friday afternoon, which led to streets covered with water, which several people described as some of worst flooding in the roads they've seen.

"We get a couple of pretty high tides a year but this has been the highest we've seen in about a two-year time frame,” local Jay Campbell said.

From cars cruising through water, even golf carts literally being pushed along, it seems all of Garden City was just trying to stay afloat.

"It does hurt business but there's nothing you can do about it,” owner of the bar Margaret Lambert said.

Earlier this week, Lambert’s business was flooded, which cleared out just in time for another weather event. Even using sandbags, it seems she can’t win the battle with the high tide and the rain.

"Since Sunday, when the tide started getting so high,” Lambert said. “We've been fighting the water, trying to get in and out which is impossible at high tide because it was so deep that you couldn't get in."

Flooding is a safety issue for everyone, especially those on the roads.

"What concerns me the most is more the wakes that some of the cars put as they go through,” Campbell said. “A lot of people have property that is actually on the ground level and I know they like to get out and joy ride but it does damage their car and it does damage property."

Since majority of the roads in Garden City are manned by SCDOT, and it's a flood-prone area, crews will be keeping a close eye on it.

Shannon Welch with Horry County SCDOT said all crews are working Friday, which adds up to about 60 people. They'll be bringing in an overnight crew and will assess the roads and plans as the days progress.

SCDOT has been monitoring low lying and flood prone areas, making sure catch basins are clear, the ends of pipes are open and free from debris.

Even with these efforts, the recommendation is you stay off the roads because it’s extremely dangerous to drive through moving water. If conditions worsen, SCDOT crews may start to close off certain areas.

"Of course we work with law enforcement,” Welch said. “We'll work together and if we need to put some signs out on a road or barricade it, we can do that."

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