Conway experiences historic flooding

Conway experiences historic flooding
A home on Danner Driver in Conway, South Carolina is surrounded by water as rising river waters threatened the area on Sunday, September 23, 2018. (Source: Samantha Kummerer, WMBF)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Residents in Conway are calling the flooding throughout their community “unbelievable”.

“I just can’t believe what we are all seeing happen,” said Keith Hendrick, a fourth-generation Conway resident. “It’s unbelievable; it really is.”

People living in neighborhoods that have never flooded are now faced with the possibility of not having a home to come back to.

Rising river waters after Hurricane Florence began to creep into the residential neighborhoods off of Sherwood Drive this past weekend.

“My grandmother has owned this home for 16-plus years and we’ve never seen this. It’s never been this high,” said resident Brandi Clemmons.

Clemmons said on Friday the canal by her house was full but it wasn’t until Sunday when the water started pouring out towards her home on Sherwood Drive.

By Sunday afternoon, Clemmons observed the water was rising inches every few hours.

“Your home is your safe haven. It’s your comfort zone and just the fear of the unknown of if you’re going to have a home to come back to or what it’s going to be when you can come back.” Clemmons said.

City officials said residents of more than 20 homes in the area have decided not to evacuate.

“I have seen people literally in tears and they don’t know what they are going to do and I feel so sorry for them. My heart goes out to them,” Hendrick said.

On Sunday, in a specially-called city council meeting, Conway officials said they had completed door-to-door checks throughout the weekend.

One of the main problems officials said they were running into is people not believing the water will reach their house.

Conway is continuing to urge people to take the threat seriously and evacuate before water reaches them.

The river is expected to crest two additional feet in the upcoming week.

“We are struggling through and I believe the very worst is yet to come,” Conway Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy said.

Over the weekend, the city closed down many roads to prevent boats and cars from causing additional water damage from their wakes.

City officials plan to access water damage and document water levels in the upcoming week.

“This is history in the making, no doubt,” Hendricks said.

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