Post-Florence Flooding continues

Water levels in Georgetown are increasing as record-high river waters travel south following Hurricane Florence. Reports are estimating up to 10 feet of flooding.

Located where the Waccamaw, Pee Dee and Sampit river meet to create Winyah Bay, Georgetown, is the area's largest port and one of the oldest cities in South Carolina.

Georgetown Office of Emergency Management Director Sam Hodge said the water from North Carolina and Horry County is now arriving in Georgetown.

The county activated its emergency operation center and opened two shelters at Waccamaw Middle School and Georgetown High School for flood evacuees, with 270 police officers from other areas also on hand in Georgetown to help operations.

The Army National Guard and Army Corps of Engineers are continuing to deploy flood defenses, creating a barricade with HESCO Flood units to protect a drinking-water station in Pawleys Island from potential flooding.

Pawleys Island is located 70 miles north of Charleston and 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach. The concern for the community is if the flood waters reach the pump station. Reports are saying that this could impact the distribution of drinking water into homes.

Georgetown County Emergency Management are posting regular updates, reports and rumor control on their twitter.

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Image: Army National Guard members work to protect a water pump station from potential flooding near Pawley’s Island.

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