Flooding impacts locals as rivers rise

Parts of Pee Dee flooded after last week’s rains

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Flood waters are impacting drivers and property owners following recent rain fall. On Monday, the Waccamaw River crested at 11.6 feet, but flood stage is at 11 feet.

The National Weather Service said the river will begin to fall throughout the week, but people who live in the area still feeling the impacts from that high water.

Eddie Richardson, lives on the Waccamaw and was looking for a good place to hunt on Monday.

"I was looking for a place to hunt and I see that it's not a good place today," Richardson said.

The National Weather Service said the Waccmaw along with the Black, Lumber and Little Pee Dee Rivers along with Black Creek crested Monday.

Richardson said for now it looks like he won't be hunting anytime soon.

"Well It means my duck hunting is ruined for the rest of the year. It looks like it ends in January and I don't see no way the water will be gone by that length of time," Richardson said.

The Santee, Lynches and Pee Dee River are not expected to crest until a little later this week.

Richardson said people need to remember to be considerate to those who live along local rivers and remember that boating during times like we are experience now can cause damage to property.

"Well if the water is up high enough a couple inches can go up into your house and the wake on a boat can be 12 to 15 inches high and it will just blow water right into your house," Richardson said.

Horry County Emergency Management continues to monitor the river levels along the Little Pee Dee River, Waccamaw River and the Intracoastal Waterway due to the recent rain.  Low lying areas around some of the local boat landings have prompted the following roads to close temporarily due to flooding:

Lucas Bay Road (closed near the Pee Dee Hwy. end)

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