Marion County, SC (WMBF) - Marion County is once again dealing with flooding damage. One neighborhood off Knife Island Court is hurting from the high water levels. Water stretches for two miles down before hitting the Little Pee Dee River.
Emergency crews have been working on the road for the past two days. The gravel road off Davis Landing Court is the only road people can use to drive to their homes, and its seen the most damage.
Public Works roads and bridges crews were out repairing the roads. Today, they are back at it only to find an area where a draining pipe has washed away. That pipe allows water to flow underneath the road, and without it the road will cave in. Jerry Williams, Director of Marian Emergency Management says, fixing them may take longer than people think.
"Right now they are temporarily fixing this stuff. Until the water goes down they can't repair the roads permanently, until water is at levels we had at the summer time. That way, they can go in with new tile and new pipes, and go down deeper and then the water will flow, and we won't have to worry about the water getting up on the roads," says Williams.
Louise Cartrett is one homeowner who lives right along the Little Pee Dee River. As she drove through the flooded water on the way to her home today, she passed by flooded front yards and water that went up to other homes front doorsteps. She says the water didn't even come up this high during the floods in October. "It's hard to tell the road from the swamp... "I just said a little prayer and asked God to look after and take care of our home. We have been blessed that the water hadn't been in our home," said Cartrett.
Cartrett and her husband made sure the outside structure of the home they lived in for more than fifteen years was okay. She says living right by the river makes her nervous, but it's all worth it.
"You worry about it, but the enjoyment and people down here it's a nice close knit neighborhood, everybody loves everybody and we can enjoy it… a vacation away from home, Cartrett said.
Jerry Williams with Marion County Emergency Management says they will do their part to repair the roads leading up to this neighborhood and keep the people safe. "We want to make sure people can get in and out of their houses as well as public safety officials that's police, that's fire, EMS so they can get their vehicles out in case of an emergency, said Williams.
"I'm just thankful the Lord is looking out for us," Cartrett said.
Emergency Management encourages everyone to please not move cones or road closed signs if you see a flooded road, and do not drive through deep waters, if possible.