FIRST ALERT: Drier skies will help river levels fall through the week
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Waccamaw River and Intracoastal Waterway will gradually fall this week across Horry County, but flooding remains a concern in many areas.
Intracoastal Waterway in Socastee
The Waterway in Socastee crested at a record shattering 22 feet on Thursday. The water level has begun to slowly drop with the latest level measured at 20.8 feet on Sunday afternoon. The Waterway will remain near and above the previous record - 19.1 feet set by Hurricane Matthew - through Monday afternoon. This means that widespread flooding will continue in portions of Socastee and Bucksport and southern Horry County. The Waterway should fall below the previous record by early next week and continue a slow drop after that.
Waccamaw River At Conway
The Waccamaw River at Conway reached a historic crest of 22.1 feet on Wednesday. The current stage remains at 19.4 feet as of Friday afternoon. The river will remain near and above the previous record - 19.1 feet set by Hurricane Matthew - through the weekend. This means that widespread flooding will continue in portions of of Conway and central Horry County. The river will fall below the previous record set by Matthew by later Monday, but will likely remain in major flood stage (above 14 feet) for at least the next 10 days.
Waccamaw River At Bucksport
The Waccamaw River at Bucksport reached a historic crest of 27 feet on Friday night and Saturday morning. Widespread flooding will continue near Bucksport, Burgess and Southern Horry County through the first half of the week. The river will likely remain in major flood stage for at least the next 10 days.
Waccamaw River At Pawleys Island
The Waccamaw River crested in Pawleys Island on Friday between 11 and 13 feet. It remains near the old record of 10 feet. The crest at Hagley Landing will be Saturday between 21 and 23 feet. Both of these crests will surpass the levels seen during Hurricane Matthew. The river will recede slowly through the rest of this week,
Lumber River (Lumberton)
The Lumber River continues to recede. The river will drop into minor flood stage (above 13 feet) there through the weekend.
Lynches River (at Effingham)
The Lynches River is now below flood stage and continuing to recede.
Little Pee Dee River (Near Galivants Ferry)
The Little Pee Dee will continue to slowly drop. The river is in moderate flood stage around 11 feet and .
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