Homeowners along the Waccamaw River would like sightseers to steer clear from the area so they do not cause more damage to their water-damaged houses.
According to the Sun News of Myrtle Beach, residents said that sightseers are common when the river floods. But they said Hurricane Matthew has brought speeding boaters who are producing wake that slam into the already flooded homes.
Resident Wayne Cooper told the newspaper that boaters created waves strong enough to cause some of his possessions to fall in the floodwater, including his lawnmower.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said it has patrol boats on the river for security, rescue assistance and to warn all boaters to slow down.
Horry County Emergency Management officials said the river could reach 16.9 feet this upcoming weekend, which would be the river’s second-highest crest on record.
Forecasters said the Little Pee Dee River has crested further inland. The river’s high floods spilled into several Marion County communities — most notably the town of Nichols. DNR and state Army National Guard troops said they used boats and high-water vehicles to rescue approximately 150 people who fled to the Nichols Town Hall as the water level rose. More than 200 rescues have been performed in the region, according to DNR.