HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - As Hurricane Dorian makes its way toward the South Carolina coastline, residents in Garden City said their main concern is the potential storm surge.
Residents said the area is flood-prone, and often sees water from the ocean come onto the streets even with high tides and king tides. To prepare for rising waters, businesses along Atlantic Avenue are now boarded up, many with sandbags in front of their doors.
Paul Hoagland, the owner of Garden City Grocery, said his store saw feet of flooding during Hurricane Matthew, that’s why he’s moving his inventory to higher ground before Dorian approaches.
“Yesterday we got all the windows boarded up, today we’re going for the doors and getting everything, trying to get everything three feet off the ground. Last time when Matthew was here, we weren’t the owner then, it was up two feet. So we’re trying to get above that so we don’t lose everything," said Hoagland.
Sam’s Corner was one of few businesses open Wednesday morning, hoping to get their last bit of business from their breakfast crowd before closing up shop. Staff said they’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.
“We’re going to sandbag our doors as good as we can but with the storm surge we’re expecting to get a little bit of water inside. Matthew we definitely flooded enough to have to replace the floor and have to be closed for two months, so I’m hoping it’s nothing like that and it just stays off the coast and goes up," said Emily Baker.
Baker said the restaurant planned to close up shop around noon Wednesday in order to prepare for the storm.