Floodwaters reach homes in Socastee as Intracoastal Waterway rises – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-02-23 19:13:27 –

Socastee, South Carolina (WBTW) — As river levels in coastal waterways continue to rise, residents of Socastee’s Starcreek Circle handle a few inches to a few feet of water in their gardens and homes.

According to News13’s Stormtracker 13 meteorologist, the Intracoastal Waterway is still rising and is expected to peak near 18 feet later in the week. It reached 19.2 feet during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

The Star Creek Circle homes are flooded four times a year, causing residents to complain.

“It’s nerve-wracking. It was devastating for the first time,” said resident Mario Gutierrez. “They say every time it gets easier, not because you have to deal with the same evacuation struggle, because you have to go to your family, your money, you have to go elsewhere. Your savings will be exhausted.

Gutierrez and his family moved in March last year when floods were said to rarely get worse.

“When I bought this house from an individual who sold it to me, he told me it would be a flood of 100 or 200 years,” Gutierrez said.

Others who have lived here for years are still recovering from previous floods and hurricanes.

“I said we were in a stream before Florence, then we were in a stream, and now we are up the stream,” said resident Keith Moore. It was.

The Intracoastal Waterway reached 21.8 feet during Hurricane Florence in September 2018.

Moore said, “We are still rebuilding and still recovering. There is no flooring throughout the house. There are no kitchen cabinets yet.”

In the story of the buyout program, some residents say they take it and move.

“We already know what we have to do. We had to go. I can’t let my family go through this anymore,” Gutierrez said.

“Hear many people say why they still live there? Why don’t they just move? People have mortgages, they have the costs, money associated with it Have, where are they going to move? “

For the latest information on floods in the Grand Strand, Pee and North Carolina border belts, see News13.

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