Georgetown County monitoring flooding on Santee River

Georgetown County monitoring flooding on Santee River

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Emergency responders were notified of flooding at Crow Hill Drive on the Santee River, on December 3. Responders went door to door and offered assistance to any residents in the 13 homes in that area, who wanted to evacuate.

The Santee River is estimated to have reached 22.3 feet in the Crow Hill Drive area. All residents chose not to evacuate, but were advised that assistance would be available if they later decided they felt threatened by floodwaters and wanted to leave.

The river is expected to reach about 23 feet, with cresting to happen about five days from today. Georgetown County Emergency Services will continue to carefully monitor flooding in the area of Crow Hill Drive as well as other flood prone areas of the county throughout the week.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington currently forecasts light rain, which should have a low impact on flooding.

Anyone who feels they may be in danger due to flooding and would like to be evacuated to a safer location should call 911 for assistance. A limited number of sandbags are available to residents in flooded areas by calling (843) 545-3273.

Georgetown County Emergency Management offers the following flood safety tips for residents and motorists in flooded areas:

• Motorists should not attempt to cross flowing water on roadways. As little as six inches of water may cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle. Two feet of water will carry most cars away. If you come to a flooded roadway, "turn around, don't drown."

• Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

• Never move or drive around road barricades. They are in place for your safety.

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