Angela Larrimore didn’t see her flooded property near Brittons Neck until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, when she got back from her daughter’s doctor’s appointment in Columbia.
The record flooding on the Little Pee Dee River had almost made it into her house.
“We’ve been down there ever since,” said Larrimore, who goes by Angie. “We knew the water was coming up but not as bad as it is now.”
Larrimore, a single parent, was sitting in a boat with her two children, Blake Tyler, 16, and Kaylie Larimore, 9, as she and her friends and family made one last run to the house to salvage whatever they could.
I have a lot of pictures and different other piece of history that my grandma gave me.
“There’s not a whole lot I can save,” said Angie Larrimore. “Just making sure I get my animals out, which we’ve got them, and some clothes to change in and stuff like that. I have a lot of pictures and different other pieces of history that my grandma gave me.”
Kaylie Larrimore, who goes to Whittemore Park Middle School in Conway, said she was “surprised” to see the flood. There was one item she had to retrieve from the house when she had the chance.
It was pretty and we got it and it’s very special to me and my mom and I want her to have it all her life.
Kaylie Larrimore on the Mother’s Day gift she rescued
“My mom’s Mother’s Day gift I gave to her,” she said, clutching a small glass bottle with colored sand and some sea shells inside.
“It was pretty and we got it and it’s very special to me and my mom and I want her to have it all her life,” she said.
“I love the gift,” said Angie Larrimore. “It’s very sentimental. It means the world to me. She knows what I love and what she does for me will always be kept as memories. It means a lot because I know she still wants me to have it. Because I have a lot of things that are on my mind, and with me trying to focus on everything, that was one thing she made sure she got for me.”
Kaylie Larrimore also said she grabbed her mother’s birthday gift: a collection of Shirley Temple movies in a red tin box.
“I love Shirley Temple,” said Angie Larrimore.
It means a lot because I know she still wants me to have it. Because I have a lot of things that are on my mind, and with me trying to focus on everything, that was one thing she made sure she got for me.
Tyler, who goes to Conway High School, said he was “shocked” to see the house.
The first things he grabbed were his bags of clothes and his baby pictures. Especially, he said, the remote-control boat which he drove around the flooded yard before the family started boating back to shore one last time before taking all their belongings to Angie Larrimore’s mother’s house.
The boat was loaded with a propane tank, chain saw, a bag of rice, and a Mountain Dew.
Friends and family had helped them bring their belongings out of the house, but they couldn’t save everything.
I’m a single parent, and I have two children, and that’s all we have.
They couldn’t save the 52-inch flatscreen TV. They couldn’t save the furniture in the kids’ rooms or the living room. They couldn’t save the refrigerator or the microwave or Angie Larrimore’s bedroom set.
“It’s heartbreaking, because I work; everything that I’ve got is paid for,” she said. “I’m a single parent, and I have two children, and that’s all we have.”
Wednesday night, Larrimore and her children were staying with her mother.
It’s heartbreaking, because I work, everything that I’ve got is paid for.
“Whenever the water recedes we’re going to go back to the house and see what all is damaged and maybe try to get someone to help us, because we didn’t have insurance on our home and we couldn’t afford the flood insurance.”
Larrimore described the situation as being “between a rock and a hard place.”
She planned to continue staying with her mother for the foreseeable future, and was grateful for the help of her friends and family.
“I appreciate everybody’s help from the bottom of my heart,” she said.
The Little Pee Dee River crested at a record-breaking 17 feet near Galivants Ferry on Tuesday and Wednesday, eight feet above flood level. According to the National Weather Service, the next highest crest on record was 16 feet set in 1928.
Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian