CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Several residents near Longs say they want Horry County to help prevent their neighborhood from flooding.
Aaron Asbury lives in the Polo Farms development off South Carolina Highway 905. He says floodwater from Hurricane Florence was about four feet high in his driveway. About a foot of it got into his home, where he and his family have lived for about 13 years.
Asbury says he and his neighbors are still worried, keeping a close eye on the weather every day.
“Every time it rains here, all the homeowners get nervous,” said Asbury. “They get stressed out.”
Asbury says Florence’s floods destroyed almost every home.
“I think we lost about 150 homes,” he said. “There might have been about 10 to 12 homes that weren’t lost in here.”
Asbury and several other Polo Farms residents asked Horry County Council on Tuesday to help with their flood fears. Asbury says one necessary project is to dredge Simpson Creek.
The canal runs right next to Polo Farms and Asbury says it has filled up with sand.
“Whenever they dredge it, it reduces the amount of water that this community takes on,” he said.
County administrator Chris Eldridge mentioned at Tuesday’s council meeting that $2.36 million may be available to dredge four watersheds: Simpson Creek, Buck Creek, Crabtree Swamp and Gapway Swamp. Eldridge says Simpson Creek could get the largest portion of that money.
Council member Harold Worley, who represents North Myrtle Beach, says dredging Simpson Creek is worth looking into, but wouldn’t have helped during Florence.
“We can clean out, ditch and do whatever we can do, but at the end of the day, the waters were running out from the Waccamaw (River), back in,” said Worley.
Asbury agrees, but says dredging the creek would prevent Polo Farms from flooding during smaller, more frequent storms.
He also says there’s another issue underground.
“We’re having sinkholes in the roads and the roads are needing to be repaired, sinkholes in the yards, where we just had a girl fall in the sinkhole and broke her arm,” said Asbury.
County council is expected to get an update on Simpson Creek and Polo Farms at its next meeting on April 2.