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Pee Dee community still facing major road wash out following Hurricane Matthew

(Source: Ken Baker) (Source: Ken Baker)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - It’s been nearly six months since Hurricane Matthew, and one Pee Dee community is still staring at hundreds of thousands of dollars in the face every day.

There is a massive road wash out on Byrnes Boulevard in the Country Club of South Carolina.

During Hurricane Matthew, the dam near Lake Bennet gave way which caused the lake to overflow, ultimately wreaking havoc on nearby infrastructure.

People living on the lake said they expected FEMA to step in and help, but no aid came from the federal government.

Due to confusion over who is responsible for the lake, homeowners have decided to pitch in to get everything back up and running.

“We were all hopeful that FEMA would…you hear about all these disaster relief things that are out there, but as we learned is that FEMA does not do anything for private homeowners. They will help government do their part, but they will not help the private homeowners. This dam is owned by the either the Country Club of South Carolina or the homeowners,” Kevin Barth, member of the Lake Bennet Home Owners Association said.

Fixing the dam is coming at a cost of $400,000.                                                 

Barth said fixing the issue should be a concern for the entire Florence area because if the dam, road and water lines go unrepaired it could impact the entire community.

Barth said at current state, homes along the lake have lost up to 30 percent of their values.

“If every property out there petitions to have their property re-assessed then the county is going to lose a fair bit of money because every house out there is affected...which in turn affects the county and the city, because the city owns the water lines.”

The homeowners hope to have the dam rebuilt by Labor Day, the city and county are expected to repair infrastructure once the dam is fixed.

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