Gov. Nikki Haley says the recovery focus post-Hurricane Matthew is now on South Carolina’s inland areas susceptible to flooding, particularly in the Pee Dee and Lowcountry regions.
“What we are finding out now is not only did we just deal with a hurricane, but we are now dealing with a flood,” Haley told reporters in a Tuesday noon briefing, noting that parts of Marion County are under four feet of water. “Expect those things to continue over the next 1-2 weeks.”
Flood monitoring continues at several locations, including the Great Pee Dee River at I-95 northeast of Florence and the Little Pee Dee River at Galivants Ferry. Department of Natural Resources Director Alvin Taylor said flooding on those rivers will likely crest in the next two days, but he said the slower-moving Waccamaw River will not crest for another 7-10 days.
“Right now, we’re mainly concerned and our efforts are being focused on first the Little Pee Dee River from the Nichols area all the way down to the Great Pee Dee,” Taylor told reporters. “Once you leave Nichols, there are a number of small communities along that river basin. We have officers in the river now… we’re going door-to-door, making sure who’s there, who’s not there.” [Read more…]