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People evacuate homes on Long Avenue in Conway

Man travels to house on kayak (Soure: Drew Hansen) Man travels to house on kayak (Soure: Drew Hansen)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The National Guard and Conway Fire Department knocked on doors and evacuated people in the Sherwood Drive and Long Avenue area earlier Sunday knocking on doors and evacuating homes.

A National Guard soldier said soldiers checked on about 40 homes, of which many were already empty and about eight evacuated.

Crab Tree Swamp is the reason for the water on Long Avenue and Sherwood Drive.

Jim Fisher II said when his parents moved into their house on Long Avenue in 1969, it wasn’t a flood zone. His family was one that chose to evacuate Sunday.

He said the water came into the house so fast this morning, he didn’t have time to get furniture off the floor.

“Even the refrigerator that was downstairs had lifted up off the water and everything is just tumbled all over the place,” he said. “I don’t know what in the world I can salvage of anything, if anything.”

He said the house completely flooded during Hurricane Floyd, but this is worse. It’s also more severe than it was last October because the water only reached the front step at that time.

“The water is a good three inches in the house right now,” Fisher II said.

The National Guard helped get his elderly mom out of the house Sunday morning, but Fisher II said his mom likely won’t return as the house’s resident.

“I don’t think we’re going to move back in,” he said.

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