Two communities in Marion County are being told to evacuate - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Two communities in Marion County are being told to evacuate

Resident in the Britton Neck area going to salvage his belongings by boat. (Source: Ruby Durham) Resident in the Britton Neck area going to salvage his belongings by boat. (Source: Ruby Durham)

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Residents of Marion County are being urged to evacuate now.

Hurricane Matthew is gone, but the damage is extensive, especially in the Gresham and Britton’s Neck areas of Marion County.

Downed trees and parts of homes are among the debris, but it is the rising rivers now spilling out onto the roads and even up to front doors that have led to telling residents to leave.

Britton’s Neck resident Lorenzo Taylor said he is "praying for the best, anticipating the worst."

The worst still may come. People in Marion County never thought the water would rise so high they’d be told to leave their homes.

"I have my family to think about, so when the teams come I'm out of here," Taylor said.

Taylor's house has no water in sight, but two houses down, water is at the front door of his neighbor’s home. His mom lives down the same street, but got those neighbors out just in time.

"We're glad we got them out because, if we hadn't, they would've been trapped in there right now," Taylor said.

Others are taking the risk by salvaging their belongings by boat since streets have been made unfamiliar by fallen trees and flood waters.

“It goes to show you Mother Nature is in control," Taylor said.

Thanks have been given for surviving, but now the focus is on the evacuation process and how long will it take to recover.

"It's so surreal that it's happening to us," Britton’s Neck resident Derrick David said.

The Marion County Emergency Management team is urging all residents to get out now because conditions will worsen, which means officials will not be able to reach those who decide to stay.

Marion High School is the only place in Marion County that is offering shelter for the people who are being urged to leave their homes.

The shelter is running 24 hours and has cots, blankets, pillows and toiletries for those who wish to come. It is staffed with American Red Cross volunteers who were also affected by the storm. 

The American Red Cross volunteers say they will be assisting people until they can return to their homes.

Volunteers say anyone is welcome to come.

Those who do plan to evacuate to the shelter cannot being pets.

Copyright 2016 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Two communities in Marion County are being told to evacuateMore>>

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Power outages, traffic light defects reported from overnight storms

    Power outages, traffic light defects reported from overnight storms

    Thursday, August 24 2017 1:50 AM EDT2017-08-24 05:50:39 GMT

    Strong storms moving through the Grand Strand and Pee Dee are causing a number of power outages, along with issues on the roads. As of 1:30 a.m. Thursday, 3,273 Duke Energy Progress customers are without power in both North and South Carolina. In our viewing area, Marion County is experiencing the greatest number of outages with 1,094 people without power.

    More >>

    Strong storms moving through the Grand Strand and Pee Dee are causing a number of power outages, along with issues on the roads. As of 1:30 a.m. Thursday, 3,273 Duke Energy Progress customers are without power in both North and South Carolina. In our viewing area, Marion County is experiencing the greatest number of outages with 1,094 people without power.

    More >>
  • Solicitor: Suspect in deadly Conway bank robbery to face two counts of murder, other charges

    Solicitor: Suspect in deadly Conway bank robbery to face two counts of murder, other charges

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-08-24 03:36:44 GMT
    Front: Brandon Council (Source: Conway Police), Background: The scene in Greenville, NC where Council was apprehended. (Source: WITN reporter Lynnette Taylor's Facebook Live)Front: Brandon Council (Source: Conway Police), Background: The scene in Greenville, NC where Council was apprehended. (Source: WITN reporter Lynnette Taylor's Facebook Live)

    The person of interest in the double-murder and bank robbery in Conway on Monday is in custody. Brandon MIchael Council was arrested in Greenville, North Carolina Wednesday, along with two other people, authorities there confirmed.  Brandon Michael Council was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of two CresCom bank employees during a bank robbery at the CresCom Bank in Conway on Monday afternoon.

    More >>

    The person of interest in the double-murder and bank robbery in Conway on Monday is in custody. Brandon MIchael Council was arrested in Greenville, North Carolina Wednesday, along with two other people, authorities there confirmed.  Brandon Michael Council was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of two CresCom bank employees during a bank robbery at the CresCom Bank in Conway on Monday afternoon.

    More >>
  • No one injured in Little River area condo fire caused by lightning strike

    No one injured in Little River area condo fire caused by lightning strike

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 11:35 PM EDT2017-08-24 03:35:32 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    According to a tweet from Horry County Fire Rescue that was posted shortly after 11 p.m., units responded to the 100 block of Greenside Villas Drive for the third-floor condo fire.

    More >>

    According to a tweet from Horry County Fire Rescue that was posted shortly after 11 p.m., units responded to the 100 block of Greenside Villas Drive for the third-floor condo fire.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly