Homes along Highway 378 still flooded in Brittons Neck

Marion Flooding - Nia Watson

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The flood waters of Hurricane Florence continue to hold some communities in the Pee Dee hostage.

Some in Marion County are still unable to get back in their homes more than a week after the storm ravaged the area.

Several homes and buildings like the Piney Grove Baptist Church along highway 378 are still submerged in water.

Marion County officials say the flooding started Monday last week. Around 200 people had to evacuate, many of them still not back in their homes Tuesday.

The town's surrounded by both the Big Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee rivers. With the amount water Florence dumped on the area both waterways have overflowed into the community, something residents say hasn't happened in decades.

"You know it’s really something that we’re not used to and nobody else is using too and we’ve got a lot of people in the community wanting to leave,” county councilman Thomas Shaw said.

Erin Perritt said her childhood home and new home were taken over by the merciless flood waters. Perritt said she and her family evacuated the night ahead of the rising water levels. All kinds of thoughts ran through her mind.

"Panic, rush, not knowing if my baby was going to have a home to go back to," Perritt said.

Days later, that's her reality. With the water levels higher than Hurricane Matthew at six and a half feet, Perritt said her family was forced to retreat to living in campers.

"It's devastating knowing that you've lived here your whole life and you see your community going down underwater and you have nowhere to go," Perritt said.

Shaw said this is the case for many people in this small rural town.

"My daughter, it got her house,” Shaw said. “My sister in law, it got her house."

Just like Perritt, Shaw said the from Florence is worse than Matthew.

"Where I live at, I've seen the water come 200 yards from my house. Never… never have I seen it come up to my house," Shaw said.

However, while the flood waters have separated many from their homes, Perritt said it's what brought the community closer together.

"You see people who don't speak to each other coming together, being a family and we all know each other, hoping this will pull people back together," Perritt said.

With a little bit of faith, Shaw believes it's what will get them through.

“Whether you understand the troubles or not, you got to hold on because God will not give you more than you can bear,” Shaw said.

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