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Nichols residents forced to evacuate after rising river levels

Rising river levels led to severe flooding in Nichols. (Source: WMBF News) Rising river levels led to severe flooding in Nichols. (Source: WMBF News)
People in Marion County were rescued by boat. (Source: Ken Baker) People in Marion County were rescued by boat. (Source: Ken Baker)
Flooding led to evacuation of over 100 people in Marion County. (Source Matthew Carfora) Flooding led to evacuation of over 100 people in Marion County. (Source Matthew Carfora)

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – One formerly vacant plot of land in Nichols is not a river, but rising river water has claimed it as its own.

Mailboxes, cars and lawn equipment are all submerged in river water. Some homes have water covering the roofs, while others built on stilts have flooding up to their doorways

Those rising waters, a result of Hurricane Matthew, led to the evacuation of an estimated 125 people, according to Marion County officials

Todd Bryant grew up in one of the flooded communities. In fact, his childhood home his father still lives in is submerged in water.

"We don't know what's going to happen,” Bryant said. “We just had a dam burst a couple of hours ago in Lumberton, so that's going to bring more water down. We are concerned about that. I've known three generations of families down here and it is real sad that a lot of people won't even know how bad the damage is until you actually see with your own eyes."

Bryant and other members of his family said they have never seen flooding like this in their community. Rumors are it was consumed by water in 1920.

While most people left the area after people like Bryant’s family and emergency responders boated them to safety, officials said some folks opted to stay and try to brave the quickly-rising river.

Bryant added the community is going to be in dire need once flood waters rescind.

"No doubt the people down here - from the beginning of the neighborhood to the end - is going to need some help,” he said.

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