Lee Manuel’s first-flood condo at Aberdeen Country Club has waist-level lines showing where floodwaters sat for days. The ringing has left mold spores and darkened the walls, reaching almost to the ceiling, with the ceiling fan warped from moisture.
His once-yellow couch is covered in black mold.
Only a few items remain in the condo, which flooded when the Waccamaw River crested. Manuel was able to get out bigger pieces like beds, dressers and tables.
“What isn’t destroyed is full of mold,” Manuel said, holding back tears as she stood in her living room.
Now, Manuel is looking to put her condo on the market and move back to North Carolina.
Residents at the condos said the homeowners association would pay for fixing the walls up to the ceiling and for replacing the dishwasher, stove, refrigerator and air conditioning unit. Home owners are responsible for the washer, dryer, microwave, doors, water heater and ovens.
Down the road, large piles of furniture, doors, carpet and drywall were on the sides of the streets. Mold restoration companies and air conditioning repair vans lined the roads, houses bustling with activity.
Almost a week ago, the roads were covered in water, dead fish lying in the middle of the street and in yards where water receded.
Francis and Joann Bedard, who live on Linksview Drive, were pulling carpet from their home Monday afternoon.
“When I opened the door, I started crying,” said Francis Bedard, who waded in to his home when the water was at its highest point.
Now, couches were tilted over to dry out the bottom, concrete showing where carpet once was placed.
Francis Bedard said there was about 9 inches of water in the house, but they would have to tear out about 4 feet of drywall to stop mold from spreading.
The couple said they had flood insurance for 14 years, but got rid of it when they switched insurance agencies.
“It’s a hard thing, but we’ll get it done,” Francis Bedard said.
Down the road, Terry Barbee was cleaning out his home with the help of members from Full Steam Ahead, a mold restoration company.
Barbee was not phased by the flood, saying, “If you live at the beach, you take what it dishes out.”