Flood waters force residents to evacuate for the first time in 25 years

Rising rivers force evacuations
Updated: Sep. 24, 2018 at 5:39 AM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Neighbors are helping neighbors. From Socastee to Longs, everyone is leaning on each other during this difficult time.

As river levels continue to rise forcing many out of their homes, some are unsure as they evacuate for the first time ever.

"It's tragic to get this much rain affecting so many thousands of people," said Beth Baker.

Baker has lived in Socastee for nearly three years. Her house like many is at risk of flooding for the first time ever, but despite the uncertainty they continue to lean on each other for support.

"We've all just banded together and we are Socastee-strong, I love it," said Baker.

Residents in Socastee said the scene is all too familiar, many forced out in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew.

However in Longs, residents who have been there for 25 years said they've never had to deal with flooding until now.

Some homes are sitting under water, others only accessible by boat.

"I didn't think it would happen. I thought a little water around in the creeks, in the ditches, but nothing near like this. It was a total absolute surprise," said June Emer.

June recalled hurricanes like Floyd and Matthew leaving little to no water in their yards. Now homes sit in 4 to 5 feet of water.

Alice Kegel said she felt very uncertain and worried that water was already coming into her home.

Like most being impacted by flood waters for the first time, Kegel doesn't have flood insurance.

"They told me this was not a flood zone, so I don't know anyone who is going to help us out here," said Alice.

Though residents aren't sure what they'll be coming home to, they have plenty of love and support from neighbors and even strangers to get them through this difficult time.

"We're all leaning on each other. I absolutely 110 percent have the best neighbors in the world," said Alice.

Homeowners in the CODE RED area are encouraged to evacuate their homes before conditions worsen.

On Friday, Horry County Chairman Mark Lazarus encouraged residents to err on the side of caution and if an evacuation order was made to take it seriously.

Copyright 2018 WMBF News. All rights reserved.