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Saluda River Threatens To Flood Pickens County Homes

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The threat of more rain has people worried about the already swollen rivers across the upstate.

The river is slowly receding from this week's heavy downpours and you can now see the damage the river left in its wake.

A raging, overflowing Saluda River left a giant hole in Leroy Berreth's backyard. A threat he can face again if the rain continues.

"We've lost 3 or 4 trees along the bank," Berreth said.

Sunday, Pickens County Emergency Management came to Berreth's neighborhood warning about potential dangerous flooding.

"We want to be proactive in that particular area because a lot of times the water level changes dramatically," Robert Porter with Pickens County Emergency Management said.

While no one chose to use the shelter over the weekend Porter says staying in your home during a flood risk is dangerous. Porter encourages everyone to have a flood plan. 

"Take a moment to secure loose things in your yard, make sure you have your medications with you. And make sure you let someone know where your going if you're not coming to our shelter so someone knows you're not in that dangerous situation anymore," Porter said.

Porter also warns stay away from the river.

Swimming in an engorged river can be deadly especially since its filled with floating debris.

"It creates new suctions and create debris for things to get trapped in," Porter said.

As the chance for rain lingers Leroy Berreth says he'll keep a watchful eye on the river.

"It would take a major event for the water to get up to our house," Berreth said.

An event emergency management says anyone who lives on the water needs to be prepared for.

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