People prepare for Waccamaw River flooding

People prepare for Waccamaw River flooding

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The water on the Waccamaw River stretched across parts of the Riverwalk Monday afternoon, something Joe Burroughs said he did not think he'd see when he came to check the water level.

"I expected it to come up later in the week, but it's already higher than I thought it would be at this point," Burroughs said.

He owns the building that houses The Warehouse, which is close to the river.

"I'm a little concerned about how high it's going to get given the Floyd fiasco we had years back," he said.

He has noticed similar conditions as to what happened during Hurricane Floyd, which caused the water to come within one foot of the floor of the building.

"Much like this the ground was soaked," Burroughs said. "Hurricane came through in those soaked conditions and it just kept coming."

WMBF's First Alert Weather team doesn't expect the water level to rise as high as it did from Hurricane Floyd.

However, Brett Wilde has decided to stay on his boat where it's docked at Kingston Pointe Marina to make sure it's safe.

"Just try to keep everything tightened down and watch what happens and let nature take its course," he said.

While boats could be at risk as the river level rises, cars have already been getting damaged due to flooded streets.

"One lady, she didn't actually run into something. She was just turning around and actually didn't realize where the ditch was," said Clint Shelley, manager at Main Street Car Care in Conway. "We've seen some of that. We have seen people that were trying to get out of their house and they had some flooding that went on."

Shelley said repairs for a car that has water damage could range from $500 to $5,000 depending if the engine needs to be replaced.

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