Grand Strand residents wake to significant flooding overnight
As Raymond Dennis attempted to return home from getting a hair cut Saturday morning he was greeted by what he estimated to be a foot of water.
Dennis lives off 29th Avenue North in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach, where overnight and morning rainfall left streets flooded.
He posted a series of videos on Facebook that documented the flooding and storms as he was unable to return home because of impassable roads.
“I cannot even get down the street. … It is totally flooded,” he said in one video. “This street’s fine, but the next street over is where I live and that’s completely flooded, so my BMW will not be able to get back in there. I wish I still had my jeep.”
Unable to get home, Dennis headed to his workplace off Sea Mountain Highway in Little River to wait out the storm. “Bored. Stuck outside of the store no keys. Thunder and lightning coming,” he posted on Facebook.
Dennis shared photos of his flooded street with The Sun News, and one shows a truck sitting in a pool of water aside
his house that extends well into the background.
“That’s the end where the marsh meets our house,” he said.
Aside from inconveniencing Grand Strand residents like Dennis, the flooded streets kept authorities busy Saturday morning.
North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue reported via Twitter “significant flooding” along U.S. 17, Ocean Boulevard and Main Street and urged folks to avoid driving through flooded roads on Saturday morning.
The fire department also reported that 48th Avenue South had been closed as crews dealt with utility issues and tidal flooding.
“Crews are working several areas around City impacted,” a tweet posted at 7:14 a.m. said.
Farther south in Pawleys Island, police reported closed roads a little after 6 a.m. before saying just before 9 a.m. that roads were once again passable.
“Lunar tides & the wind are causing very high water again this morning,” police cautioned early morning via Twitter.
The Pawleys Island Police Department also reported beach erosion from the storms and urged drivers to stay away from Springs Avenue, which suffered heavy flooding and took on a “good amount of sand.”
“Overwash from ocean across Springs Ave,” a PIPD tweet read. “Please do not drive through this mess. It’ll ruin your car.”
Police later posted a tweet with a photo showing that part of the roadway near 738 Springs Avenue had “washed away.”
The forecast chance of rain along the Grand Strand decreased greatly Saturday afternoon and was to remain minimal throughout Sunday, according to weather.com.
The streets are flooded along 29th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday morning following overnight and morning rainfall.
North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue reported “significant flooding” and urged folks to avoid driving through flooded roads Saturday.