Homeowners react to ongoing flooding from Florence in Conway


CONWAY, SC (WSPA) – It’s been a week and a half since Hurricane Florence made landfall on the Carolina coast and some cities are still underwater.

Flooding is hitting new records and the water is expected to stick around for week.

All people can do is boat their way through their neighborhoods.

First responders from across the state and the country are helping people in the Pee Dee, and donations are flooding in for people affected by the floods.

“I’ve lived in this house for about 24 years and have never seen the water this high,” Davis Inabnit said. 

Inabnit said he watches every day as the water level rises around his Lakeland Drive home.

“Last night, at around 11:30, I came out here and the water had just covered this bottom step,” he said. 

Fearful that the water will seep into the first floor, Inabnit said, “the only thing you can do is just try to save your personal property.”

And while Inabnit’s yard is completely flooded, it’s not even close to the hardest hit properties in his neighborhood.

Some neighbors were seen pulling boats out to paddle down their driveways.

7News was told that at least 150 of the homes in the Snow Hill area of Conway have been swallowed by record flooding coming from the Waccamaw River.

But the flooding is not just happening in this one community.

Water levels are rising across the region as Florence stormwater drains into already flooded rivers and is carried toward the coast.

“We’re still sort of in shock, all of us,” Jim Shelley, Conway resident, said. 

Former County Council Chairwoman Liz Gilland told us, “it’s like watching a tragedy in slow motion. And there’s not a thing you can do about it.”

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office has been collecting donations for people here in Conway.

We’re told that will be driven over tomorrow and given to people who very much need it.

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