Areas of Georgetown County flood as Santee River rises

Areas of Georgetown County flood as Santee River rises
Published: Jan. 5, 2016 at 10:06 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2016 at 10:16 PM EST
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Source: WCSC (Crow Hill Drive flooding)
Source: WCSC (Crow Hill Drive flooding)
Source: WCSC (Backyard of a Crow Hill Dr. home)
Source: WCSC (Backyard of a Crow Hill Dr. home)

NORTH SANTEE, SC (WCSC) - A major concern for some people in Georgetown County.

Roads near the Santee River are starting to flood, as the river gets ready to crest Saturday at 23 feet.

Tuesday Santee Cooper leaders said they reduced the amount of water spilling through the Dam to 60,000 cubic feet per second.

Monday afternoon it was spilling at 97,000 cubic feet per second – approximately 725,000 gallons of water per second.

The river appeared just as high, if not higher, than what was seen in October during the historic flood.

Georgetown County officials are watching the river closely to make sure homeowners remain safe.

"I did see the fire chief, down here and somebody else," said Reid McElveen, who grew up at a home on Crow Hill Drive. "I didn't talk to them, but they were down here."

On Sunday emergency responders stopped at homes on Crow Hill Drive in North Santee to see if anyone wanted to evacuate.

Everyone said they wanted to stay.

"Yeah, it's never been to a point where we've had to leave before," McElveen said.

In October travel along Crow Hill Drive was possible, however Tuesday there were orange cones.

The road was completely covered with water.

"We knew it was going to rise," McElveen said. "We started pulling all the boats out from under the shed, and people started parking their cars down . In a period of 12 hours it went from no water across the road to pretty much what you see now."

McElveen added this is the highest he's seen the water in a while, which includes October's flooding.

He said the home he grew up in has weathered the floods based upon a very specific factor.

"A majority of the houses here are either up on a hill or built on stilts, so it's something we're accustomed to," he said.

He also added he appreciates the County's concern this week, especially given October's significant flood.

Tuesday afternoon a spokesperson with the county said officials will continue to monitor the situation as the river continues to rise.

Assistance will be available at any time if any of the homeowners want to evacuate.

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