Mike Riddle waded through knee-deep water to help his parents load distilled bottled water and their belongings into a Hummer backed up close to their house.
“I never thought I’d be glad to see a Clemson man,” said Randy Riddle, as he greeted Mike’s friend Danner Thompson.
Thompson brought his Hummer and backed up as close as possible to the nearly-flooded house, but the Riddles still needed to wade through the water and climb over a fallen pine tree to get into the vehicle.
“Danner’s got his Hummer backed up as far as he can get,” Mike Riddle told his father. “Danner’s got his Hummer backed up right to the tree, so we can walk to the tree.”
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The water was up to the house’s porch, and was still rising as the Riddles carried bags and suitcases to the vehicle.
We’ve been here for Hugo and also Floyd. And this is worse than Floyd, and we were out of our house for six weeks then. The water in this area of Conway was not near as bad as it is now, and it has come up quickly.
“Obviously we’re not having services this morning,” said Randy Riddle, a pastor as Westminster Presbyterian Church in Conway. “Thankfully we have our son. The immediate plan was to save as many of the irreplaceable things as possible. The unknown is how high the water is going to get. I would hate to lose the vehicles.”
Randy Riddle said he’s never seen flooding this bad in his neighborhood.
“We’ve been here for Hugo and also Floyd,” he said. “And this is worse than Floyd, and we were out of our house for six weeks then. The water in this area of Conway was not near as bad as it is now, and it has come up quickly.”
He said there was no flooding Saturday night, but at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, he looked out the window and saw reflections.
“It’s risen I’d say probably three to four inches since 6:30 a.m.” he said.
Danner Thompson also woke up to a flooded yard, but was helping out anyway.
“It’s what it is,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting it. It’s actually not in the house, my yard’s higher than these.”
Thompson said one thing people could do to make it easier on those evacuating was to keep their vehicles out of the water.
“It creates wakes and puts more water in people’s houses,” Thompson said. “Everybody’s out being curious, driving down into it. Unless you’re helping somebody, don’t be driving in. If people don’t know where the road’s at, they’re going to end up in somebody’s yard.”