Crews perform evacuations as Lynches River rises in Florence County

Crews perform evacuations as Lynches River rises in Florence County

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – While many people in Florence County are upset about what flooding has done in and around their homes, one man, who has pretty much lost everything, said he was just happy to be alive.

"There was no use in wasting no time because when I stepped down in the yard it was a foot deep already," Calvin Law said.

Law's house was completely surrounded by water on Tuesday; he doesn't live on an island, he lives on South Hill Road.

He evacuated on Sunday after noticing more rainfall and hearing an unfamiliar noise coming from across the street.

"I see the water rushing from across the road and I said I believe we need to leave and get out of here now," Law explained.

Law's road was not the only road that was overtaken by water.

The most traveled road in the county, Highway 52, was closed by Emergency Management on Monday night after the Lynches River began claiming it as its own.

When WMBF News crews arrived Tuesday morning, the Lynches River was already re-populating the area and officials said it was filled with at least 13 feet of water.

Emergency crews spent the day removing people from area homes that were located between the barricades.

"Regular vehicles can't get into these areas that's why we are using some of our specialty vehicles the emrap the Humvees… those types of things because they are the only types of vehicles that can get back into these areas and get these people to safety," Major Michael Nunn with Florence County Sheriff's Office said.

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