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Ashley River flows into Mateeba Estates neighborhood causing damage

Source: WCSC Source: WCSC
SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

Dorchester County officials have been assessing damage since Wednesday morning.

Thursday eight to ten teams were were traveling across the county to different neighborhoods to see what kind of damage homeowners are dealing with.

The Mateeba Estates neighborhood off Highway 61 is substantial flooding due to the Ashley River

It's caused several families to voluntarily evacuate from their homes.

Pam McGrady has lived off Dogwood Ridge Road for 15 years.

She and her husband evacuated early this morning because they couldn't keep running their business from home.

"It was too dangerous," McGrady said.

Water is everywhere. It covers their front yard, driveway, and a portion of their front steps.

McGrady said the 13-foot pond on their land has turned into a river that now flows across their driveway.

Fortunately a lot of the damage was contained to their garage and lower level rooms, it didn't reach the second floor.

McGrady said in the years they've lived there, they've never seen flooding this bad.

She decided and they needed to get out as soon as possible.

"Between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. we used our little dingy, pulled it behind one of the vehicles and basically floated it out," McGrady said. "We dingyed back on the boat, got the next one and floated it out. By the grace of God we were able to rescue our cars
and trucks."

Water levels could be seen the several palms trees on the land.

Around noontime Thursday the water level was roughly half a foot less than what the McGrady's saw yesterday.

However with high tide, some of the roads could wash out because of the rushing water.

As for McGrady's neighbors, a majority of their cars are completely submerged.

They are also dealing with flooded yards.

The Ashley River isn't expected to see horrible flooding as compared to the Santee and Edisto Rivers.

Minor to moderate flooding of the Ashley River is possible through Friday or Saturday.

Summerville homeowners will see a majority of that flooding as the Ashley River gets wider as it gets closer to the Air Force Base.

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