GEORGETOWN, S. C. – Hurricane Florence water should reach their last peak for the direction of the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, and are not as high as once feared in parts of South Carolina.
The Waccamaw River would crest at a record level on Saturday, but well below the destructive predictions from earlier in the week, Georgetown County Emergency Management, said in a Facebook post Friday.
The river is influenced by tides, currents, so it will give way at low tide to reach the record high water, officials said.
Officials feared flooding that would top the highway bridges, and flows through areas that have never flooded since Georgetown was founded before the Revolutionary War, but that is yet to come. Still, water is expected to end in hundreds of buildings, officials said.
Stream in Conway, the Waccamaw River was finally starting to drop after a rise of more than a week. Friday but the river remained nearly 2.5 feet (0.8 meters) above the previous record of 17.9 feet (5.5 meters) set in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and will likely not fall below that level until Tuesday.
Most of the nearly 1,000 homes and businesses flooded and in the vicinity of the town of 23,000 that will continue until next week, the officials said.
“We are still encouraging people to be patient. We know that life on its head,” Horry County Emergency Management Director Randy said Webster.
On Monday, road crews will begin tearing down the concrete walls, plastic and sand, which successfully kept the water from topping two bridges in the U.S. Highway 501, the main route to Myrtle Beach — across the river, the South Carolina Department of Transportation said Friday.
In North Carolina, residents of a flooded Pender County near with the help of a nearby football field as a staging area for donations, and a half-dozen families slept in campers or tents.
Sarah Robles, who is staying nearby with her father after her home flooded, she said, helps to run the football operation to distribute donated items, and hot meals on the football field of the families, there is a shift of the Cross Creek neighborhood.
“We have large storage bins and things of that nature,” she said. “We have a tent that things and everyone comes to their belongings such as Clorox, cleaning products, health and beauty, you know, deodorant, new toothbrush, snacks, ice cream, drinks.”
She said that the six in 10 families sleeping on the field, along with her neighbors, have struggled to find temporary or transitional housing. She said that with space are the increase of the prices.
“None of us can find housing, and when the people have houses, they stretch to the rent prices,” she said.