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HCFR turns rescue efforts to river flood victims

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Fire Rescue had to shift its focus Tuesday from the neighborhoods with flash flooding to communities next to the rising Waccamaw River, HCFR Assistant Chief Justin Gibbins said.

Just in the few hours crews were out on Riverside Drive, they watched the water rise at least half a foot.

Crews covered the area from Riverside Drive through Lees Landing to Old Reaves Ferry Road, Gibbins said.

HCFR is working with the Department of Natural Resources cataloging homes, so crews went house to house to see if anyone was there and whether or not the residents want to stay or evacuate.

Gibbins said many people in the Riverside Drive area are choosing to stay because they are more accustom to flooding than those in the neighborhoods where rescues were going on earlier in the week.

"We want people to know we're here to help them if they need help," he said.

The Paglia family made the decision to leave their home on Riverside Drive, but they're new to flooding. They bought the house in July.

"We left New York for the bad weather and we are now here in bad weather," said Stephanie Paglia.

Flood water has covered their front and back yards. It's now starting to get into the house.

"Right now, it's a bit devastating," Paglia said. "We put a lot of time and effort into making our home beautiful."

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