HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Horry County police have established access control points in some neighborhoods due to rising floodwaters.
Officers were seen Thursday patrolling the Rosewood neighborhood in Socastee.
“I just moved out here about 4 months ago roughly,” said Kyle Guilibault, one of the neighborhood residents.
It’s Guilbault’s first flood - but he already hopes it’s his last.
“I wasn’t really expecting this, but then when the water came up there was nothing we could really do about it,” he said while wading through floodwaters Thursday.
Guilbault said once he saw the water creep into his home, he knew he wanted out of his lease.
“The water came up and I had to pack all my stuff up and get it all out,” he said.
In a news conference, Horry County officials, including Emergency Managment Director Randy Webster said they know this isn’t easy.
“We’ve been through this many times unfortunately and we know this is a slow and agonizing disaster,” said Webster.
The county is now operating in OPCON 2 and they’re taking more action during this flooding event.
With the police access checkpoints, residents will need to show a form of ID or a utlitiy bill in order to prove they live in the neighborhood to get into their home. It’s the first time the county has done this for a major rain event, rather than flooding from a hurricane.
County officials said it’s in an effort to keep the public safe and not driving through floodwaters, but also to prevent creating a wake that will only further damage already flooded homes.
Leaders also said they don’t expect any help from FEMA as a result of this flood. While the flooding is significant, the statewide monetary total for uninsured damages will not be enough to prompt federal help.
Brian Brown has lived in his Rosewood home since 1994. But now he said flooding just keeps getting worse.
“The last five years has just been flood after flood after flood,” he said.
He said now he’s just wondering what it’ll take, to get the county to take long term action.
“What if it was your house? Then they would have to deal with it and maybe something would get done,” he said.
County officials are also stressing that they’re working on long-term projects. In the latest meeting of the Horry County Council Subcommittee on Flooding, the county revealed new flood maps, that showed FEMA’s weren’t completely accurate.
The new maps show more of Horry County is at risk.
In the meantime, Brown said he just wanted to thank the officers who are stationed at the front of his neighborhood.
“I’d like to thank the police officers who are sitting up at the front of the road and stopping people from coming down. They’re who’d I like to thank, they’re doing their job well and I appreciate them,” he said.
On the water, HCPD, the Coast Guard, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources are all patrolling the waterways.
The no wake zone is still in effect.
According to HCPD, officers have been assigned to static posts and roving positions throughout the precincts.
If you experience a life-threatening emergency related to flooding, call 911.
For all other requests for public safety personnel, call 843-248-1520.
You can view current road closures in Horry County here.