CONWAY — With heavy rainfall recorded throughout the area this week, weather forecasters are predicting some minor flooding along the Waccamaw River this Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Drier conditions are expected through the holiday weekend, but the saturated ground and runoff into area streams and rivers has created flooding conditions, according to advisories issued by forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
On Wednesday, flood warnings were issued for the Little Pee Dee River at Galivants Ferry and the Waccamaw River in Conway.
Horry County officials said they were monitoring the rivers, but there were no major issues from the rising floodwaters in the area.
Floodwaters from the Waccamaw River did force officials to close a portion of Red Bluff Road, between S.C. 905 and S.C. 90, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Residents, who declined to be identified, living on each side of the closure said they were not impacted by the closure or floodwaters.
At 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, the Waccamaw River was at 11.2 feet, just above the 11-foot flood stage, according to forecasters. The river is forecast to increase by Saturday to near 12 feet and crest before it begins to fall.
At 12 feet, river waters could impact the city’s riverfront area and communities of Savannah Bluff, Lee’s Landing and Pitch Landing. Some homes on Riverside Drive also could be affected by floodwaters, officials said.
But the flooding is not expected to reach the record set during Hurricane Floyd, when the Waccamaw River in Conway crested at 17.61 feet on Sept. 27, 1999, according to the weather service.
The Little Pee Dee River was at 8.9 feet at 10 p.m. Tuesday and expected to rise above its flood stage of 9 feet on Wednesday, forecasters said. The river is expected to be near 10.7 feet by Saturday. At 11 feet, the Little Pee Dee River will impact the Fork Retch community near Nichols and possibly some homes, according to the advisory. Swampland flooding also is expected.
Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas or highways. Residents living in areas prone to flooding should take precautions.
There is a 20 percent chance of rain for Thursday, according to the forecast. But Thursday night should be dry, however, a 20 percent chance of rain returns for Friday.
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