The Waccamaw River outside of Conway is set to exceed Hurricane Matthew and Flyod flood levels by several feet early next week, according to the latest projections available Friday morning.
Flood waters are not expected to reach their peak until about Sept. 25 or Sept. 26, according to the latest National Weather Service information. The river is expected to peak at about 22 feet, which would beat the record of 17.9 feet.
The river is in major flood stage, and it’s projected to smash Matthew’s record by Friday, Sept. 21, forecasters say.
The river is already in major flood stage.
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The Waccamaw River at Freeland crested Wednesday night at about 22.5 feet, which is about 3.5 feet higher than Hurricane Matthew, forecasters said. The Waccamaw at Longs is expected to crest at 21 feet on about Sept. 22 into Sept. 23. The river is projected to crest at around 27 or 28 feet about Sept. 28 in the Bucksport area, forecasters said.
Some areas of Conway already face flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which made landfall Friday as a Category 1 storm. Floods and standing water made several roads impassable as some residents started to flee for dry land. Emergency responders performed dozens of water rescues this week.
Officials told locals that if their home flooded during Hurricane Matthew, they should expect the same in Hurricane Florence’s aftermath.
The National Weather Service says residential flooding will worsen and the Conway Marina will be flooded. Areas near the Riverfront South, Lees Landing, Savannah Bluff, Pitch Landing, Jackson Bluff and Bucksville should expect issues. The areas around U.S. Highway 501 Business, S.C. Highway 905 and Highway 90 should also see flood impacts.
“Flood waters will surround homes in the Lees Landing, Pitch Landing and Riverfront South communities,” forecasters say in their latest projections.
Swamp areas will also be heavily flooded.
Forecasters say the Intracoastal Waterway near Socastee is projected to crest between 22 and 24 feet on about Sept. 26 or Sept. 27.
The Little Pee Dee River in Galivants Ferry rose to major flood status Wednesday morning at more than 13 feet. That river is expected to crest about the same level as Matthew Friday, Sept. 21, according to forecasters.
Flood waters will impact homes in the Fork Retch and Nichols areas, according to forecasters. Swampland flooding will also increase.
President Trump visited the storm-wrecked North Carolina and South Carolina Wednesday.