Waves from Irene flood Edisto Island streets

EDISTO ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Hurricane Irene brought heavy rain to many areas in the Lowcountry and Edisto Island is one of them. Water rushed into the streets of Edisto Beach, taking over Palmetto Boulevard. After the storm, residents are trying to clean up the mess.

"We're trying to get it back looking like a parking lot again," said Kathy Gonzalez.

Gonzalez says she has seen Edisto Beach flood before, but not like this.

"Saturday morning when we came over here it was all over there too," she said. "You didn't know where to park or where not to park at."

Even 170 miles off the coast, Hurricane Irene still tried to redecorate Edisto Beach with 30 mph winds and 10-foot waves.

There are sea shells everywhere, but that's not the problem. The problem is the high tide that brought up so much sand, making the town look like a sandbox. The tide went all the way back to Palmetto Boulevard and was knee deep.

Tyler Crowe watched the storm come in Friday night in awe.

"A lot of wind and a lot of water, but it was pretty amazing that the water can be that powerful to wash all this away so quickly - and push everybody back as fast as it did," Crowe said.

Crowe says the people standing in the parking lot underestimated Irene's power.

"It was about 8-foot waves over here and knocked a bunch of people down," he said.

And where the people were knocked down, residents are trying to build back up, happy that Irene didn't cause more damage.

"To not be hurt by anything and still see Mother Nature's power - it was pretty cool," one resident said.

Sand washed all the way up to the gas station on Palmetto Boulevard. That is the furthest some people on the island say they have ever seen it reach.

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