The Waccamaw River will continue to rise until Oct. 17 or 18, according to a Wednesday afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service.
The river is currently just under 15 feet near Conway, and major flood stage begins at 14 feet. Levels could crest at about 17 feet, half a foot above crest levels in last year’s flood, according to the forecast. Water upstream from North Carolina is feeding into the water system that flows to the Waccamaw, said Richard Neuherz of the NWS in Wilmington, North Carolina.
“Residential flooding will continue to worsen. The Conway Marina will be flooded. Railroad trestles in downtown Conway will flood at 15.9 feet,” according to the forecast.
The Little Pee Dee River near Galivants Ferry reached roughly 17 feet on Tuesday, breaking a record set in 1928 and obliterating levels brought on by Hurricane Floyd by five feet. That river is expected to begin returning to normal levels in the next 24 hours, Neuherz said.
“It looks like it’s at crest right now, so it should begin falling later today,” he said.
Some residents in that area were not notified that floodwaters were coming before they had to leave. Those around the Little Pee Dee in Brittons Neck were also forced to evacuate today as the crest even threatened homes on stilts.
Several roads remain in peril as the Waccamaw continues to rise and the Little Pee dee slowly drains. Horry County officials said today that they would continue to monitor S.C. 9 near the river, and over 100 roads remained closed Wednesday due to flooding.
Checkpoints have been set up along the Waccamaw and Little Pee Dee, Horry Count Police said, in the following locations:
- Bucksville Landing--Landing Rd. Conway, SC
- Cox Ferry Rd.-Conway, SC
- Dead Ridge Road
- Drowning Creek Drive
- Ed Smith Ave.-Myrtle Beach, SC
- Folly Rd.-Myrtle Beach, SC
- Grey Oaks Rd.-Conway SC
- Highway 76 @ Sand Plant Road
- Highway 76 @ Howard Road
- Huggins Landing Road
- Hughes Landing
- Jackson Bluff Rd.-Conway, SC
- Lees Landing Rd. (north end)-Conway SC
- Lees Landing Rd.-Conway SC
- Luck Road (end)
- Old Camp Road
- Pee Dee road near Floyd Page Road
- Pitch Landing Rd.-Conway, SC
- Riverside Dr.-Conway, SC
- River Rd.--Myrtle Beach SC
- Rosewood Dr.-Myrtle Beach, SC
- Savannah Bluff--Waccamaw Dr.-Conway, SC
- Shady Grove
- Smith Blvd.- Myrtle Beach, SC