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Lynches River hit Florence County neighborhood

Residents in flood-prone part of Florence County sticking it out

Florence County home flooded from Lynches River Florence County home flooded from Lynches River

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Lynches River flooded residents all over Florence County. Thankfully, the river is expected to drop out of moderate flood stage Saturday morning.

Friendfield and Old Georgetown road are still covered and residents who live just a couple miles away from Lynches River were determined to stick this one out.

As long as these folks have electricity, they stay inside their homes. Residents like Allen Keefe who have live here for 45 years are used to this, and say it is just a flood prone area.

“It was probably four-foot behind my shop right there… my backyard was three-feet under or more,” Keefe said. “You could take a boat and go anywhere through here.”

Water surrounded his house and came all the way up to his doorstep. He says they will have to wait for months until the moisture dries to see what sort of damage is left behind, and today he could finally mow his front lawn.

They will have to wait until the moisture dries to see what sort of damage was left behind on his property. To help with that, American Red Cross drove through Old Georgetown Road earlier today to check in with the residents.

Tom Frazier, Disaster Assessment Supervisor said, “We’ll be here to help them as long as we can, and we also have been doing follow-up with them later on to make sure everybody is progressing and getting their families taken care of and their homes taken care of.”

Keefe said, “My squash, my cucumber, we were getting fresh products… and we’ve lost it all.” His property stretches for miles and he built it all from scratch.

Keefe continued, “We can take care of ourselves, no problem. Now if it was to take the house, then it would create a problem yeah if we had to move out and everything else in the house… I don’t want to lose my home.”

Residents in that area plan to sign up with FEMA for disaster assistance. SCDOT say Friendfield Road is still close and state troopers have been out monitoring the area and ticketing people who drive through the barricaded roads.

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