River residents hold out hope their homes will be spared from rising waters in Florence County

River residents hold out hope their homes will be spared from rising waters in Florence County

Heading into Tuesday morning, two rivers in Florence County will hit their peak as waters rise above flood stage.

For the Great Pee Dee river, it will rise higher than the levels we saw during heavy rains in October. But for the Lynches River, it won't be nearly as high as that devastating flooding. For people living along it though, cleaning up the damage done to their homes just a few months ago, the frustration is still there.

People living along Roundtree Road say they've never seen it the Lynches River flood as many times as it has this year.

"It's caused havoc out here in this area," Roundtree Road resident Brad Lee said.

People who live in the Effingham and New Hope areas say they've had no rest from the rain over the past three months.

"This year it's had me scared on several different occasions," Lee said.

Starting with the devastating flooding the area saw in October, residents say Roundtree Road has been underwater three more times since then.

Public Safety crews worked Monday night to block off flooded roads ahead of the river's peak Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, authorities continue to monitor the rising waters.

They're keeping an eye on the Great Pee Dee river as well, flooding timber and farm lands across Florence County.

The water has become a painful reminder of what's been lost.

"When you lay in your bed at night, we don't do that," Roundtree Road resident Jack Thompson said. "You can't live in your house with all of the damage from the flood but eventually we will get back in."

After the Great Pee Dee River hits its peak by Tuesday morning it will begin to fall, and the Lynches River will remain under a flood warning until Friday morning.

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