Record flooding continued swamping entire neighborhoods in Horry County on Tuesday, but forecasters say river levels are finally starting to drop.
Horry County Emergency Management Director Randy Webster told the county council Tuesday that more than 3,000 homes were inside the flood zones, although the actual number of affected homes are in the hundreds. Flooding along the Waccamaw and Little Pee Dee rivers is combining with unuusally high tides to flood the Intracoastal Waterway.
The Intracoastal had levels of 19.09 feet over flood stage reported Monday, while the Waccamaw River recorded 17.9 feet above flood level. That Waccamaw River level broke an 88-year-old record, according to the National Weather Service.
Some of the most notable flooding has occurred in the Socastee community in the Myrtle Beach suburbs and in the Bucksport community ten miles west that is flanked on each side by the Little Pee Dee and Waccamaw.
No storm-related deaths have been reported in Horry County, but the damage is expected to be extensive. Horry County is not yet included among the 15 counties in South Carolina that are eligible for individual assistance from FEMA. Members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation expect that to change soon, although they question why it’s taking so long.