Family worries flood waters will reach their home in Pickens County

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EASLEY, S.C. (WSPA) – As rain swept across the Upstate, it left creeks full and streets flooding.

When it rains, Matthew Bennett and his family have to keep a close eye on a local creek.

“It has made it close to our front door. In February, our house completely flooded. This is the second time. It didn’t make it into the house today, but it was very close,” homeowner Matthew Bennett said.

The homeowner said he’s trying to find a resolution, and county officials said they’re working too.

“The county has actually utilized a third-party engineer to look at some of the county roads and look at the county pipes,” Pickens County Emergency Management Pierce Womack said.

Officials said there are a lot of factors to think about.

“Someone adding a swimming pool to their backyard or building a garage or outbuilding or something like that, and all those things affect the water drainage,” Womack said.

Many families told 7 News they do what they can to make sure the flood waters do not come up to their back doors.

County officials said they are willing to work with the homeowners associations and even directly with home owners to resolve the issue.

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