HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The rising water levels along the Intracoastal Water left flooded roads and frustrated neighbors on Tuesday.
The police department said it has increased patrols in the Rosewood area where signs and barriers have been placed to prevent people from driving through the floodwaters. Police warned drivers to not go around barricades placed near flooded roads along the Intracoastal Water.
Police said drivers who go around the barriers could face a ticket for disregarding it. But they said residents who live beyond the barriers are able to come and go as they deem safe.
“However, everyone should be cautious and courteous about their movements – remember, water moves. Limit travel through floodwaters to what is absolutely necessary,” Horry County police said in a Facebook post.
Road closed signs have also been placed on Folly Road where neighbors said water from the river started spilling into the streets on Monday.
“A lot of people are going through a lot of trouble including myself," said Frankie Wood, who lives on the Folly Road. "The water is already up to the front door of the house.”
Wood said he spent Tuesday morning moving belongings to save them from possible damage. Over on Mill Creek Road neighbors have helped each other get their cars to higher ground.
“I hate it for all these people because it’s all over the waterway down here. We’re catching the worst of it," Wood said.
Jerry Kelleher, who stays a few doors down from Wood, said he was supposed to move back into his home Tuesday after rebuilding it from previous storm damage, but was unable to because of the flooding.
“I haven’t been in my house now for three years and four months due to the flooding," Kelleher said.
Both Wood and Kelleher hope this latest flooding event will make state and local leaders realize something needs to be done to help alleviate the ongoing issue.
“There’s ways to resolve the problem and no one wants to spend the money to fix them,” Kelleher said.
“Hopefully we can get some politics in behind it that will actually realize our roads are flooded, people can’t get out and what do we do to fix some of these problems that we have,” Wood said.
The flooding has also altered some Socastee area school bus routes in order to get students home safe Tuesday afternoon.
The flooding is a result of the heavy rain that fell last week over North Carolina, and many of the impacts along the Intracoastal Waterway are from the Great Pee Dee River flooding, causing the Intracoastal Waterway and Waccamaw River to back-up.