Heavy flooding around Grand Strand

Heavy flooding around Grand Strand
68th Ave. N. Source: Jack Rhodes
68th Ave. N. Source: Jack Rhodes
Springlake in Carolina Forest (Source: Andy Thaxton)
Springlake in Carolina Forest (Source: Andy Thaxton)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - As the record rain came down around the Carolinas Sunday, each location had its own challenges.

"It's just been a rough day for a lot of folks, said Shane Roach, who lives next to the Waccamaw River.

For some families in the Wampee community, the Waccamaw River kept creeping too close for comfort.

The families front yards are now more than knee deep. They spent all of Sunday filling and laying out sand bags around their front door.

"Oh it's been treacherous, said Beverly Clowser. It's a lot of work to empty a big house in a small amount of time."

The families say flooding this bad rarely happens, but the last time it did was more than 15 years ago.

That September storm, was better known as Hurricane Floyd.

"We'll remodel and start all over again like we always do, with a smile on our face, giggled Clowser.

In other parts of the Grand Strand, it was too late for sandbags or barriers.

In Calabash, folks waded through knee deep water, and near Georgetown, Highway 17 was near unrecognizable.

Even in Myrtle Beach, the streets were drowning.

"It didn't take long with that big deluge, said a city worker while unclogging a storm drain.

Just up the highway in Carolina Forest, some homeowners saw a nearby retention pond flood everything.

With no other choices, some stocked up and stayed home. The majority though, found some way to get out, and find a safer, drier home for the next few days.

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