Flood waters strand hundreds for days in Myrtle Beach

Courtesy: Karen Browne

Many people in the area didn’t lose power and didn’t lose their homes, but they can’t leave their homes either.

A case in point is Cameron Village off Highway 707 near Socastee where hundreds of residents have been stuck in their homes since Saturday.

“Yeah were stranded, were stranded. Thank god we have enough food,” said Karen Browne, who recently relocated to Myrtle Beach for retirement.

“We were very distraught and very worried with the water going up to the garage,” said Browne.

Both entrances to her home on Bonita Loop were cut off by flood waters, and she got few answers on how long that would last, “basically they just said wait it out.”

Waters got 3 feet deep in spots, stalling out cars trying to get through, and forcing people living in the community to stay in their homes.

Browne’s neighbors, like Richard McElwain, found themselves in the same situation, “my house was basically an island.”

People who live in the area blame poor drainage for the flood problems.  Many joined together on Facebook to share not only their frustrations, but resources they could no longer venture out and get for themselves.

For McElwain, however, it’s a sight more common than for most, as he is a subcontractor to FEMA, doing damage assessment for such disasters as Hurricane Sandy.

McElwain expects to be called upon to assist other flooding victims in South Carolina, once he can get out his driveway.

“Hopefully we can get out of the house in the next few days; so should I get called at least I can get over to the airport and to where I’m needed,” he said.

Until then, all everyone living in Cameron Village can do is wait til the waters subside.

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