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FIRST ALERT: River levels rising, flooding worsens along Waccamaw, Intracoastal

Updated: Feb. 22, 2021 at 11:45 AM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The long stretch of rainy weather has sent local rivers rising with several forecast to crest this week.

Here's a look at the recent river levels.
Here's a look at the recent river levels.(WMBF)

LUMBER RIVER AT LUMBERTON - The Flood Warning continues for the Lumber River at Lumberton. The river is currently at 19.61 feet and crested at 21.0 feet Saturday but remains above major flood stage. At 19 feet, extensive flooding occurs along the river. Over 50 dwellings will be inundated or isolated due to the flood waters and several roads will be closed especially in the Pines area and Coxs Pond area. Carthage Road may be completely covered with water. The River should remain above major flood stage through Tuesday morning.

LUMBER RIVER AT NICHOLS - The Flood Warning continues for the Lumber River at Nichols. At Noon Monday, the river crested at 22.25 feet. Flood stage is 20.0 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. Nearly all of Nichols will be flooded. Water levels in Nichols and on the Horry County side of the river will be similar to those observed after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018. The river will continue to be in minor flood stage but fall through the week.

WACCAMAW RIVER AT CONWAY - The Flood Warning continues for the Waccamaw River at Conway. At Noon Monday, the stage was 14.54 feet. Flood stage is 11.0 feet. The river is forecast to crest near 14.7 feet on Saturday. At 14 feet, flood waters affect several residential properties and roads at Riverfront South, Lees Landing, Savannah Bluff, Pitch Landing, Jackson Bluff and Bucksville. At 15 feet, residential flooding would continue to worsen and the Conway Marina would flood. Railroad trestles in downtown Conway flood at 15.9 feet. Major flooding should continue through this entire week. We will keep an eye to see when we get a drop in river levels.

GREAT PEE DEE RIVER - The Flood Warning continues for the Great Pee Dee River At Pee Dee. At Noon Monday, the stage was 26.29 feet. Flood stage is 19.0 feet. Moderate flooding is occurring and and will continue this week. The river has crested at 26.41 feet overnight Sunday. The level should remain steady at 26.4 feet through the week. At 26.0 feet, flood waters will continue to affect logging operations upstream and downstream from Pee Dee. Flooding of farmlands adjacent to the river will worsen.

LITTLE PEE DEE RIVER - At Noon Monday, the stage was 12.92 feet. Flood stage is 9.0 feet. Major flooding is occurring and the river just crested this morning. This is about four feet below Hurricane Matthew’s crest in 2016. At 12 feet, flood waters will affect 30 to 40 homes in the Fork Retch community near Nichols. Major flooding should continue through Thursday.

BLACK CREEK AT QUINBY - The Flood Warning continues for the Black Creek At Quinby. At Noon Monday, the stage was 13.89 feet. Flood stage is 10.0 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast. Water several feet deep in numerous homes on Creekside Drive, East Black Creek Road, and Crooked Creek Drive. Floodwaters enter numerous homes on Creekside Drive, East Black Creek Road and Crooked Creek Drive. Floodwaters surround the majority of homes on East Black Creek Road, Creekside Drive and Crooked Creek Drive and all residents are isolated due to the floodwaters. Water is lapping at the foundations of all ground level homes in these areas. The water is expected to drop through the rest of the week.

INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY AT SOCASTEE - At Noon Monday, the river level was at 16.16 feet. The forecast calls for the waterway to reach 18 feet by Saturday. It’s important to note that there are no official forecast or flood stages for the Intracoastal. We just know flooding is happening and will continue until the water drops below 15 feet.

LYNCHES RIVER AT EFFINGHAM - The Flood Warning continues for the Lynches River. At Noon Monday, the stage was at 17.01 feet. Flood stage is 14 feet. The crest happened Sunday morning, reaching the 17.95 feet. The forecast for the river shows a falling trend through the middle of the week. The river is expected to stay in moderate flood stage until Thursday morning. At 16 feet, flood waters will affect several homes along the river and isolate residents without boats.

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