FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Multiple roads were blocked by high water Monday morning in Florence County.
Flooding was reported along a section of Howe Springs Road and on Silverleaf Road. East Howe Springs Road was closed at Bannockburn and Howe Springs.
High water was also seen along Highway 52, including in the Milestone Lane area.
Karen Brown has been living on Malden Drive since 1993. She said every time torrential rain hits, it floods heavily at her home, making it hard for her to even step out of her front door.
When she needs to go outside, she puts on rainboots to get out both the front and back doors. She said she is frustrated with the city because it is saying Malden Drive is state-owned and not city-owned, so there’s nothing they can do.
“I am very frustrated,” Brown said. “I live supposedly in the city, but the city tells me that they will not do anything to fix this block which to me is absurd.”
The city announced a stormwater capital improvement project in December that will clean and remove debris from approximately 11,000 linear feet of existing storm drain near Malden Drive, Saint Anthony Avenue, Sandhurst Drive, and Waccamaw Drive.
The project costs $7 million and work will be completed over the course of seven to 10 years.
A little more than 3 inches of rain fell in the Florence area in 24 hours, according to News13 Meteorologist Scotty Powell. More rain is possible throughout Monday afternoon.
No additional reports of flooding were immediately available.
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Dennis Bright is a digital producer at News13. Dennis is a West Virginia native and graduate of Marshall University. He has won copyediting and journalism awards in Virginia and Ohio. Follow Dennis on Twitter and read more of his work here.
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Taylor Ford is a digital journalist for News13. She joined the News13 team in January 2023. Taylor is a Florence native and covers the Pee Dee out of News13’s Florence Bureau. Read more of Taylor’s work here.