HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - All area rivers are forecast to rise to major flood stage by Monday and Tuesday as a result of Hurricane Florence.
During Hurricane Matthew, the Waccamaw River hit a record crest of 17.9 feet. It is forecast to break that record during Florence and reach 18.5 feet.
The Lumber River is expected to rise high enough to close Interstate 95.
Heartbreaking. The forecast rainfall amounts of locally 20 inches is leading to a scary river forecast. The Waccamaw is now forecast to rise to near or over the previous record after Hurricane Matthew. pic.twitter.com/VXnlNIvaxt— Jamie Arnold WMBF (@jamiearnoldWMBF) September 14, 2018
The Lumber River will rise rapidly starting Sunday and reach a crest of 24.1 feet by early next week. For a reference, at 24 feet, water covers I-95 between exits 17 and 19. pic.twitter.com/pilpwK2SAk— Jamie Arnold WMBF (@jamiearnoldWMBF) September 14, 2018
According to information from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC, a flood warning for the Lumber River near Lumberton is scheduled to last from Friday evening until further notice.
At 5:42 p.m. Thursday, the stage was 6.63 feet. The flood stage is 13.0 feet and major flooding is forecast. The Lumber is forecast to rise above flood stage by Friday evening and continue to rise to near 24.1 feet by early Monday morning.
At 24.0 feet, Interstate 95 is flooded where it crosses the river between exit 17 and exit 19, according to the NWS.
A flood Warning for the Little Pee Dee River at Galivants Ferry is scheduled from late Saturday night until further notice. At 11 p.m. Thursday, the stage was 2.96 feet. The Flood stage is 9 feet, according to the NWS.
The Little Pee Dee is forecast to rise above flood stage by early Sunday morning and continue to rise to near 15.8 feet by Tuesday evening. Additional rises are possible thereafter.
Approximately 30 to 40 homes at Fort Retch, which is located near Nichols at the confluence of the Lumber and Little Pee Dee rivers, are subject to flooding.
The NWS in Wilmington NC has issued a flood warning for the Waccamaw River at Conway from Saturday afternoon until further notice.
At 11:15 p.m. Thursday, the stage was 8.01 feet. Flood stage is 11.0 feet.
The Waccamaw is forecast to rise above the flood stage by Saturday afternoon and continue to rise to near 18.5 feet by Tuesday evening. Additional rises are possible thereafter.
Flooding will worsen in residential areas while flooding also occurs in the basement of the government building at 4th Avenue and Kingston, according to the NWS. The Conway Marina is flooded and railroad trestles will flood at 15.9 feet.
A flood warning for the Great Pee Dee River at the Pee Dee from Saturday afternoon until further notice.
At 11 p.m. Thursday, the stage was 11.14 feet and the flood stage is 19.0 feet. The NWS forecasts the river will rise above flood stage by Saturday afternoon and continue to rise to near 28.9 feet by early Tuesday morning.
At 28.0 feet, there will be extensive flooding of timber land and farm land along the river. Access roads may be damaged by the flood waters and operations at industrial plants along the river will be affected, according to the NWS.
Regarding the Black Creek at Quinby, a flood warning will be in effect from Saturday morning until further notice.
According to the NWS, at 11 p.m. Thursday, the stage was 3.79 feet. The flood stage is 10.0 feet.
The river is forecast to rise above flood stage by late Saturday morning and continue to rise to near 18.4 feet by early Monday afternoon.
At 18.0 feet, water several feet deep will be in numerous homes on Creekside Drive, East Black Creek Road, and Crooked Creek Drive.
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