Grand Strand res­i­dents wake to sig­nif­i­cant flood­ing overnight

The Sun News (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY DAVID WETZEL Pho­tos cour­tesy of Ray­mond Den­nis

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.

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