Houses flooded in Bridge Creek neighborhood in Socastee

Houses flooded in Bridge Creek neighborhood in Socastee

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) – Some people living in Bridge Creek are seeing flood water in their homes from the Intracoastal Waterway when they say they never have before.

"Thirty years I've stayed here, this never happened," said Vili Schwenke, who lives on Shem Creek Circle.

Schwenke said the water started seeping in Sunday night. He had already raised the furniture.

"Paint cans," he said, as he pointed underneath furniture. "Anything you can put your hand on to try to raise up the best you can. That's all you can do. Some of the stuff, you can't save it."

The water is paired with a terrible smell from what Schwenke and his neighbors said is sewage in the water. He is staying with his brother-in-law for now.

If the flooding gets worse, he'll have to get help moving out the appliances to try to save them.

Schwenke helped his next-door neighbors get their own furniture out of their house Monday. They've had water in their home for two days and it continues to rise, outpacing their ability to keep the furniture out of reach.

"We just thought it would stop somewhere and we just kept blocking and blocking," Chad Davis said. "Now, we're at the point where we've got to get it out because I have no more blocks."

Davis hopes to save half of the furniture. He said the house is already damaged. A white carpet in the living room is now stained and appears tan due to the murky water.

"She's a total loss," he said. "We'll have to gut her and start over."

Both Davis and Schwenke said they don't have flood insurance.

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