Residents along the Little Pee Dee River near Brittons Neck were trying to get out of their flooded houses Wednesday, and are in need of help.
Lavenia Jones of Brittons Neck was trying remove whatever belongings she could from her house. She knew it would flood, but didn’t know the river would flood as high as it has.
The Little Pee Dee River crested Wednesday at 17 feet, breaking a record that had stood since 1928.
I guess it was just God’s work.
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“Whenever we moved in the home, they told us our house was way up in the air, on stilts,” she said. “They told us if the water ever came in this house it would cross (U.S. Route) 378. It met flood guidelines, so we had no idea it was going to come this high.”
She said U.S. 378 is not yet under water.
The water started coming into Jones’ house yesterday, and it hasn’t gone down. They were trying to move items onto a friend’s boat, but they have no place to stay.
We’re trying to get the memories, the pictures, the safe, the guns, stuff like that because we can’t move the furniture.
“I’ve been out of work for two weeks and my mama has no income,” she said. “Right now, we’re just trying to get the small stuff that we can get out on the boat. We’re trying to get the memories, the pictures, the safe, the guns, stuff like that because we can’t move the furniture.”
She didn’t know where they would put their belongings when they got out.
“We’re gonna pile them up on the truck,” she said. “We don’t know where they’re going to put them.”
Jones said the sheriff’s department warned them of flooding but didn’t tell them the water would be in the house. The Department of Natural Resources had not.
“Basically, we didn’t know it was going to get this high,” she said. “I guess it was just God’s work.”
Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian
Photographyer Jason Lee contributed to this report