Waccamaw river has been at major flood levels for 19 days. When will it stop?

The Waccamaw River near Conway is expected to drop below major flood levels on Sunday as water slowly recedes from the area.

Latest projections from the National Weather Service show the river will drop below 14-feet deep, the minimum depth for major flooding. If this prediction rings true, the Waccamaw will have been at major flood levels for 19 days.

Earlier in the week, the Waccamaw fell just below the 17.9-feet record set by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

The river crested at roughly 21 feet Wednesday, Sept. 26 and slowly started to fall, according to the National Weather Service. The latest levels show it around 16.3 feet about noon Thursday.

Longer range data shows the river may take until late next week for the water to drop below the 12-foot moderate flood mark. Minor flood status occurs at 11 feet.

Hurricane Florence dumped record rainfall on the area a few weeks ago, and Conway and parts of Horry County are still feeling the impacts of flooding. Residents are starting to return home after evacuating because of the rising water.

As of Friday, the Little Pee Dee River near Galivants Ferry was at minor flooding levels.

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