North Myrtle Beach homeowners clean up after flooding

North Myrtle Beach homeowners clean up after flooding

CHERRY GROVE, SC (WMBF) - Last week we spoke with Cherry Grove homeowners about flooding from the king tides. North Myrtle Beach was hit pretty bad, accumulating more than 15 inches of rain in the last couple of days.

Many of the people I spoke with said they these homes are vacation homes or homes they rent out. But as soon as they got an all clear from Myrtle Beach Police they came in to access the damage. Wayne Mack lives on 53rd street, he says based on the water line they had about 12 to 14 inches of water that went into the bottom of the house.

"We had about 12 to 14 inches of water, it went in the bottom part of our house, said Mack. "We're having to dry, I've got a Wet Dry Vac, vacuuming that, a heater, fans and what not to dry the floors out."

Mack said they suffered about a couple hundred dollars in damage, hard labor more than anything, but it will be the long term effects that will get costly.

"We did elevate it per code by 2 by 4s and then we put silicon all around the base of it," said Art Dietrich, another homeowner in Cherry Grove.  "It might have helped some, but with an inch and a half, two inches of water, it still came in. Not too bad, we are very fortunate, not too bad."

North Myrtle Beach's strict flood zone regulation saved many people in Cherry Grove a lot of money in damages.

"We felt very relieved, said Dietrich. "As my son said, 'praise the Lord' because it could've been bad. We expected the worse and hoped for the best."

If you own a vacation home or rental home in the areas that have experienced flooding, it’s imperative that you visit your property to access the damage. After the area has dried out, including wood beams, insulation, drywall, etc., use a good disinfectant to get rid of any bacteria that might have come up through sewers, toilets, etc. Disinfect all areas affected by the flood waters including walls and wood and non-upholstered furniture that sat in flood water. After you’ve disinfected it’s best to apply a mold control like Concrobium.

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