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NWS surveys Waccamaw River levels

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The National Weather Service is in town from Wilmington to find out exactly how much the Waccamaw River has really grown.

"Just to really understand how the river is behaving, who it's impacting, and that way if it happens again, and it will, but when it does, we're ready to handle that," said Steven Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist for NWS.

National Weather Service representatives spent Wednesday marking the longitude and latitude of the Waccamaw River's outer edges mainly in the Red Bluff and Longs areas. They were able to do that on foot and by car, Pfaff said.

On Thursday, NWS teamed up with SCDNR to take a boat down the Waccamaw to measure the river's depth with a 25-foot-long gauge.
That information will all be stored for future reference.

"Ten, 20, 30 years down the road from now, if another heavy rainfall event threatens the area and we've got a strong database in place, that can help the decision makers with where assets are going to be needed," Pfaff said.

Pfaff and his team will go to other flooded areas, such as the Lynches and Black Rivers as well.

Pfaff expects the river to stay at major flood stage through the beginning of next week.

"The swamp holds a lot of water up and it takes a very long time to get it from point A to point B, point B being the coastal areas and out into the ocean, so it's just how the Waccamaw River has been created," he said.

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