‘We’re neglected’: Residents overwhelmed as rising river levels lead to flooding across area

Residents overwhelmed as rising river levels lead to flooding across area

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Rising river levels continue to lead to flooding across portions of the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee.

Viewer-submitted video shows heavy flooding along Fork Retch Court in Mullins on Sunday. That’s near the Lumber River in the Nichols area.

The Lumber River crested Sunday morning and the Little Pee Dee River just crested late Monday morning. Both rivers are expected to remain in flood stage through the rest of the week.

Across the county line in on Church Landing Road in Horry County, high floodwaters covered some of the roadways.

On Monday, Horry County officials said more than 50 roads are currently closed due to flooding. In Marion County, around 15 roads are flooded as of Monday morning.

For people who live near Sandy Bluff Landing on Church Landing, floodwaters from the Little Pee Dee River overflowed into their yards and reached as far as their front doors.

“This is the first time it’s ever been flooding and not be a named storm,” resident Luther Johnson said.

Johnson has called Church Landing Road his home for more than 30 years. He’s said he used to the flooding after living near the river for so long.

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“This river was here when I was born, the river was here when I moved here. If you live by the river you’re going to have flooding,” he said.

However, Johnson said the flooding is happening more often and impacting more than those who live near the river.

Two houses down from Johnson is Jukeeta Altman.

“We feel like on this end of Horry County that we’re neglected and forgot about,” Altman said holding back tears.

She said local and state officials need to do something to mitigate the flooding in the area.

“We’ve hauled in 50 tons of dirt back here because it had washed it all out and it had gone in the river and we just need it dredged out so we can have a home to come to,” she said.

Altman said she also can’t get help to raise her home. After spending tens of thousands of dollars on repairs from two previous hurricanes, she has nothing left to give.

“I spent all my retirement on Florence and Matthew and was able to come back, but if it hits again, we will not be able to come back,” Altman said.

The Black River in Georgetown also was at high levels, based on viewer-submitted video. The river already crested over the weekend near Kingstree but will remain in moderate flood stage until Tuesday morning.

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