MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Rivers all across our area remain at or above flood stage as waters continue to rise in some areas.
For the Waccamaw River at Conway, major flooding continues and the river is still rising. According to the National Weather Service, at 3:15 PM Tuesday the current stage was 15.6 feet. Flood stage is 11.0 feet. The river will continue rising to near 16.1 feet by early Thursday morning then begin slowly falling. At the current forecast, residential flooding will continue to worsen. Flooding also occurs in the basement of the government building at 4th Avenue and Kingston. The Conway Marina will be flooded. Railroad trestles in downtown Conway will flood at 15.9 feet. This will be the third highest crest on record for the Waccamaw River but not quite to the levels of Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Flooding also continue for the Lynches River near Effingham in Florence County. At 10:00 AM Tuesday the stage was 19.7 feet. Flood stage is 14.0 feet. The river will continue rising to near 19.8 feet by this afternoon then begin slowly falling. This is a near record crest for the Lynches River with widespread flooding ongoing. All four lanes of Highway 52 between Florence and Lake City are flooded.
Severe flooding also continues along the Black River At Kingstree. At 10:00 AM Tuesday the stage was a record breaking 22.2 feet. Flood stage is 12.0 feet. The river will continue rising to near 22.3 feet by this afternoon then begin falling. Widespread flooding continues near the river.
For the Little Pee Dee At Galivants Ferry, the stage was 7.3 feet late Tuesday morning. Flood stage is 9.0 feet. The river is forecast to rise above flood stage by early Friday afternoon and continue to
rise to near 9.2 feet by early Saturday afternoon. Additional rises are possible thereafter. Flood waters will begin to affect residential yards in the Fork Retch community upstream of Galivants Ferry near the town of Nichols. Swampland flooding becomes noticeable and natural boat landings will be flooded.
Flooding also continues along the Great Pee Dee River. At 10:00 AM Tuesday the stage was 21.1 feet. Flood stage is 19.0 feet.
The river will continue rising to near 23.0 feet by Thursday morning then begin falling. Flooding will affect swamp and timberlands while also
disrupting logging operations. Operations will likely cease and equipment not previously moved will remain trapped. Some farmland will have minor flooding especially around Britton Neck.