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Houses still surrounded by water in Lees Landing

Large SUVs and trucks can now drive through Lees Landing (Source: Amy Lipman Large SUVs and trucks can now drive through Lees Landing (Source: Amy Lipman

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Flooding in Lees Landing has gone down significantly and some people said it’s receded faster than they’ve ever seen before. 

Still, they are ready for the water to be completely gone.

It’s still not easy for people to get in and out of the neighborhood. Some are using larger trucks or SUVs now, while others continue to use small boats.

Stephen Stonstrom drove to his house for the first time Wednesday since the Waccamaw River flooded.

He had been taking a boat to check on the house when the flooding was more severe.

Stonstrom lives in Myrtle Beach and bought his house in Lees Landing three months before last October to enjoy life by the river.

He went through the 2015 flooding, but this year the water got into his pool.

“There’s still items in the garage that we didn’t think it was going to get this high, so we lost a trailer full of items last year,” he said. “This year we’ll probably lose about the same. We’ve got stuff up on shelves about five or six feet, but it got over eight feet.”

Stonstrom thinks it will take him several days to clean up his property.

Andres Romero is still taking a kayak to get to his house.

“I had to come out and grab a few items so my son could start back going to school,” he said. “Going to have to get him re-enrolled in a different school.”

Romero had suitcases secured to his kayak Wednesday.

His family is staying in Surfside Beach right now. They are receiving rental assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They evacuated before Hurricane Matthew in anticipation of flooding.

"I was watching the radar on my phone and it wasn’t curving off, so I was like, 'Well let’s go to Lumberton,'" Romero said. "That’s where I have family at. They got hit pretty good there. Took us about two hours to get out of the area."

They stayed at a hotel after getting back, paying $300 a week.

“We know now we can actually be covered on a month for a place to stay instead of trying to go from paycheck to paycheck inside of a hotel room, which was a little more challenging,” Romero said.

He said he doesn’t plan to move back to Lees Landing when the flooding recedes.

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