MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As Tropical Depression Florence leaves the area, the storm is leaving behind catastrophic flooding.
A breakdown of impacts from each river:
Lumber River (Lumberton)
Timing: The Lumber River will crest today at 24.4 feet. This is at the level we were following Hurricane Matthew. The river is currently higher than the gauge can measure.
Impacts: When the water rises above 20 feet, floodwaters come within 40 feet of the Pepsi plant on Chippewa Street. Flooding deepens in the Pines Area, Coxs Pond, along River Road and between the Pepsi plant and the river. Portions of Cox Road will become impassable. Flood waters affect areas along Planetarium Road including the Robeson County schools facility. West Carthage Road will be impassable near McMillan's Beach Road. Kenric Drive will be flooded. Areas along Hester Drive off West 5th Street will experience minor flooding. Water will be crossing parts of I95.
Waccamaw River (Conway)
Timing: The Waccamaw is in moderate flood stage and will rise to major flood by tomorrow. It is expected to reach levels higher than Hurricane Matthew and Floyd by Sept. 27th at 19ft.
Impacts: Above 15 feet: Residential flooding will continue to worsen. The Conway Marina will be flooded. Railroad trestles in downtown Conway will flood at 15.9 feet. At 14 feet, Flood waters will worsen and affect several residential properties and roads at Riverfront South, Lees Landing, Savannah Bluff, Pitch Landing, Jackson Bluff and Bucksville. At 13 feet: Flooding will occur in residential areas off Business 501, Highway 905 and Highway 90.
Little Pee Dee River (Galivants Ferry):
Timing: The Little Pee Dee River is currently at 8.5 feet as of Monday morning. It is projected to reach Moderate Flood stage (12 feet) by Tuesday morning, followed by Major Flood Stage (14 feet) Tuesday evening. It will gradually rise through the rest of the week to 14.7 feet by Friday afternoon, well into Major Flood. This will be similar to what was experienced after Hurricane Matthew.
Impacts: Above 12 feet: Flood waters will affect 30 to 40 homes in the Fork Retch community near Nichols. Above 11 feet: Flood waters will continue to rise in the Fork Retch community located near Nichols. Flood waters will begin to affect some homes at Fork Retch. Swampland flooding will increase.
Pee Dee River (at Pee Dee)
Timing: The Pee Dee river at Pee Dee stands at 17.66 feet, and reach minor flood stage today. It is projected to continue to rise to Moderate Flood Stage (23 feet) by Monday evening. It will likely stay in moderate flood stage through next week. A second crest may occur again Sunday September 21st at major flood stage (28.4ft).
Impacts: At 28 feet: There will be extensive flooding of timber land and farmland along the river. Access roads may be damaged by the flood waters and operations at industrial plants along the river will be affected. At 25 feet: Flood waters will continue to affect logging operations upstream and downstream from Pee Dee. Flooding of farmlands adjacent to the river will worsen.
Black Creek (Near Quinby)
Timing: The Black Creek is at 12.18ft. It is expected to rise to moderate flood by tonight and stay in moderate flood near 16.7ft through the rest of the week. This will eclipse the record of 16.8 feet.
Impacts: At 18 feet: Water several feet deep in numerous homes on Creekside Drive, East Black Creek Road, and Crooked Creek Drive. The record is 16.8 feet. Above 16 feet: Floodwaters deepen on Creekside Drive, East Black Creek Road, and Crooked Creek Drive. Flood waters spread onto Cyprus Bend Road into the Country Club of South Carolina. Above 15 feet: Floodwaters enter numerous homes on Creekside Drive, East Black Creek Road and Crooked Creek Drive. Above 14 feet: Flood waters surround the majority of homes on East Black Creek Road, Creekside Drive and Crooked Creek Drive and all residents are isolated due to the floodwaters. Water is lapping at the foundations of all ground level homes in these areas.