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Local photographer uses drone to document historic flooding

Drone images capture the flooding in certain Horry County neighborhoods. (Source: Robbie Bischoff) Drone images capture the flooding in certain Horry County neighborhoods. (Source: Robbie Bischoff)
Robbie Bischoff, a Myrtle Beach photographer, used his drone to capture images of flooded neighborhoods. (Source: WMBF News) Robbie Bischoff, a Myrtle Beach photographer, used his drone to capture images of flooded neighborhoods. (Source: WMBF News)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Ever since Hurricane Matthew impacted the area over a week ago, many in the community have been doing whatever they can to help those still affected by the storm. 

One of them is a Myrtle Beach photographer who is using his drone to help give people who can't get to their flooded homes some peace of mind.

Recreational photographer Robbie Bischoff's drone has been capturing images and videos of flooded areas, which he posts to his professional Facebook page. 

However, he said the response has been something he never would have expected.

"It is an incredibly sad situation, and when you are shooting it you are moved by it," he said. "But at the same time you have to tell yourself, 'Somebody has to capture these images.'"  

Bischoff said what initially started out as a photographer with a curious eye eventually changed.

"As soon as the storm was over with, I just wanted to get out there and capture the aftermath," he said. "Some of these people have been evacuated, they can't see their houses, they need to know what's going on. That's kind of been the main motivation for me to help people."

Bischoff has flown the drone above some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods. He said people began messaging him with requests for him to use his drone to check out other areas where evacuated homes were located. 

"These people need help," he said. "I need to get out here and get the footage and get it up so they can look at their house and at least have that peace of mind to say, 'The house is OK,' or, 'The water is up to the backyard.' That made a big difference to me.". 

Bischoff's drone images got the attention of volunteers with the Waccamaw Riverkeepr Program. Volunteers are watching the Waccamaw River and the effects of the historic river flooding on the environment. 

According to Bischoff, he was asked to kayak the river to tour the damage and also use his drone equipment to capture aerial footage that could help with research when it comes to the environment and the safety of the community. 

He added the sincere gratitude from people that can't check on their homes has been overwhelming and he is glad he could do his part to help. 

"People have been sending messages to my personal inbox saying, 'Thanks so much for posting that video. We live in New York, Pennsylvania, we have a house down there. My daughter lives down there.' It’s been really surreal to experience that," he said.

To see the drone images, check out Robbie Bischoff's Facebook page.

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