City of Conway assessing damage after days of flooding

City of Conway assessing damage after days of flooding

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The flooding and the damage literally hits home for many people who live in Conway. Streets are blocked off and many people have no way to access their homes.

Long Avenue is one road in Conway that is closed to drivers. Some people who live in the homes on and around the area, say they left before the storm hit.

"It's only happened three times in my lifetime," homeowner Denise Applewhite said. "I understand this is the worst water we've had in quite a number of years."

Although Applewhite left her home a few days ago, she came to assess the damage, from a distance. While it will take a few days to return home, she said she's glad Long Avenue is closed.

"Every time someone comes through driving a big truck, taking a motorboat through, it creates waves and when it creates waves, then it laps back like the ocean into the homes," she said. "They're destroying our homes when they do that."

While Denise was able to get out before the storm hit, others in the area decided to stay put and ride out the storm, like Barbara Whitley.

"It really happened so quickly that I really didn't have a lot of fear until I looked out and saw that the water had come out so high," Whitley said.

She also made the decision to close her business, Crady's on Main, for safety reasons; this is obeying the recommendation by police to stay off the roads.

"For safety reasons, we should just go ahead and be closed, because everyone is saying, if you're home don't leave."

The people of Conway are trying to stay positive, and put everything in perspective.

"Things can be replaced, people can't be replaced, so I feel very grateful," Applewhite said.

Conway leaders spent the day, Monday, doing a pre-damage assessment of the city.

The Planning Director for the City of Conway, Adam Emrick, said there is property damage in some houses, but many are built elevated, so he does not believe they're in flood zones.

The city is taking a special interest to watch out for are those in low-lying areas, or next to a swamp, which will remain a focus for the next few days.

"We're driving every street, we're looking at every house to make sure there's not water damage and if there is, were noting those houses that have the damage and that will all be reported both internally to the state or government if FEMA comes in for FEMA assistance," Emrick said.

A main and continued focus is making sure nobody needs to be evacuated from homes and that everyone is safe.

Right now, Emrick said, we're at a wait and see, especially with a bit more rain expected Monday night and the rising of the Waccamaw River.

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