'It’s frustrating’: Rising river levels lead to flooding, headaches in Socastee area

Updated: Feb. 17, 2020 at 7:21 PM EST
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Residents in Socastee saw flooding in their yards on Monday, as the Waccamaw River is in flood stage, leading some water to back up along the southern stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway.

“It’s frustrating to say the least,” said Keith Moore, a resident of Star Creek Circle, which is still rebuilding from damage done by Hurricane Florence. “I’d really like the state or the county to do something to alleviate the flooding or help with the mitigation."

Several viewers contacted WMBF News about water coming into homes on Rosewood Drive and Starcreek Circle in Socastee.

The Rosewood community suffered devastating flooding following Hurricane Florence in 2018, with some homes forced to be demolished while others were abandoned.

“This will be the fifth time in six years we’ve flooded,” began Linda Fraboni, standing in calf-deep water in her front yard. “And we had four more before that.”

When asked about the idea of wiping their hands clean and selling the homes along the Intracoastal Waterway, neighbors seemed resigned to the difficult situation.

“We can’t sell it because nobody wants to buy a house that’s been flooded twice,” said Diane Burilo, who’s lived in Lawson Landing since 2015.

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The Waccamaw River in Conway remains in minor flood stage and will crest late Tuesday and into early Wednesday morning.

FLOODING: Neighborhoods along the Intracoastal in Socastee are frustrated after inland rain showers has caused flooding into their yards and homes.

Posted by Aaron K. Ladd KSHB on Monday, February 17, 2020
Waccamaw River Flooding

This is Reaves Ferry Landing along the Waccamaw River, just upstream from Conway. Still expecting water levels to increase another 10” or so.

Posted by Meteorologist Robert Whitehurst WMBF on Sunday, February 16, 2020

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