'That's river life:' Lee’s Landing gets back on its feet one yea - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

'That's river life:' Lee’s Landing gets back on its feet one year after Hurricane Matthew

Water levels at Lee's Landing rose to 15 feet after Hurricane Matthew. Now, the levels are lower. (Source: Patrick Lloyd) Water levels at Lee's Landing rose to 15 feet after Hurricane Matthew. Now, the levels are lower. (Source: Patrick Lloyd)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – People who live in the Lee’s Landing area of Horry County are still recovering one year after Hurricane Matthew.

The storm caused major flooding in the area in October 2016. Water levels reached as high as 15 feet.

People who live nearby say the flooding from Hurricane Matthew hit them even harder than it normally would have because they already went through flooding in October 2015 as well.

While flooding is devastating, neighbors say they know that’s the risk they take when moving to a house near a river.

“That’s river life,” Julie Herndon said. “You either embrace it or you leave.”

For Herndon, her choice is to leave. She says she’s lived near Lee’s Landing for 17 years, but after the last two Octobers, she’s had enough.

“I’m ready to go to higher ground,” she said.

Not everyone in the area feels that way, though. Herndon’s next-door neighbor, Pam Thompson, said the benefits of living by the water outweigh the costs.

A lot of neighbors enjoy living on the river for the scenery and the lack of noise.

A year after Hurricane Matthew, people near Lee’s Landing are beginning to feel normal again.

“We are starting to enjoy living here again, I think,” Herndon said. “But I have to say it’s been very depressing.”

Neighbors also say even though Hurricane Matthew took so much from them, they feel the storm brought the community together.

“We’re so lucky to have the people that we have,” Thompson said. “Everybody helps everybody.”

Frankie Gurano agrees.

“All the neighbors pull in and help each other,” he said. “A lot of the neighbors up the road where it wasn’t flooded let us use their yards to store stuff.”

Copyright 2017 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • 'That's river life:' Lee’s Landing gets back on its feet one year after Hurricane MatthewMore>>

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Fatal accident reported near Pawleys Island

    Fatal accident reported near Pawleys Island

    Sunday, January 21 2018 9:14 PM EST2018-01-22 02:14:37 GMT
    (Source: Midway Fire Rescue)(Source: Midway Fire Rescue)

    South Carolina Highway Patrol has reported a fatal accident near Pawleys Island, according to their website. Midway Fire Rescue tweeted a photo of the accident, saying it occurred on Ocean Highway near the Island Bar and Grill. 

    More >>

    South Carolina Highway Patrol has reported a fatal accident near Pawleys Island, according to their website. Midway Fire Rescue tweeted a photo of the accident, saying it occurred on Ocean Highway near the Island Bar and Grill. 

    More >>
  • Two people shot at Darlington home Sunday night

    Two people shot at Darlington home Sunday night

    Sunday, January 21 2018 7:17 PM EST2018-01-22 00:17:55 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Two people were shot Sunday night in Darlington, according to Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Robert  Kilgo. Deputies were called to a home on Larry’s Drive in Darlington around 6:00 Sunday night. Upon arrival, they found two people with gunshot wounds. 

    More >>

    Two people were shot Sunday night in Darlington, according to Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Robert  Kilgo. Deputies were called to a home on Larry’s Drive in Darlington around 6:00 Sunday night. Upon arrival, they found two people with gunshot wounds. 

    More >>
  • breaking

    Victim in critical condition after being shot in head in Atlantic Beach

    Victim in critical condition after being shot in head in Atlantic Beach

    Sunday, January 21 2018 11:32 AM EST2018-01-21 16:32:35 GMT
    Source: Raycom MediaSource: Raycom Media

    One person was shot Saturday night in Atlantic Beach, confirms Atlantic Beach Police Chief Quentin Robinson.  The shooting occurred on 31st South shortly before 10:00 p.m.  

    More >>

    One person was shot Saturday night in Atlantic Beach, confirms Atlantic Beach Police Chief Quentin Robinson.  The shooting occurred on 31st South shortly before 10:00 p.m.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly