Waccamaw Drive residents packing up and leaving

Waccamaw River homeowners continue to battle the floods

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - With the Waccamaw River flooding to near historic levels, neighborhoods all around Conway are in disarray.

One neighborhood hit especially hard is off Waccamaw Drive. Neighbors say only five families remain because of flooding.

"This is the last load, said Billy Baker as he packed up and left. The rest of it, it's going to have to stay."

Baker lives on Waccamaw Drive as well. Unlike many of his neighbors, this is his first flood.

He describes the past few days as a nightmare.

"I never believed it was going to get that high, Baker said. Everyone told me it may crest Wednesday or Thursday, but we got a call at 5 AM Monday that we had to get out."

He says the scariest thing about this dramatic flooding is knowing his home is at a total loss.

Now, the only things left to his name are what he could take out on his boat.

"Starting over is pretty much where I'm at," He said.  

While many spent the day going back and forth to their homes getting their belongings, some had cars they still needed to get out of the neighborhood.

"It may be dark before we get out here, when we start pulling more people out, said Nick Hill as he towed cars out in his massive military-grade truck.

One by one, he hitched up different cars, and towed them through the waist deep water.

"I've been actually just been enjoying helping people, He said. I've been in bad situations too."

For hours, Hill drove back and forth. With the river still rising, he says he'll probably make more trips on Wednesday.

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