LITTLE RIVER, SC (WBTW) – As historic flood waters recede in some areas, Horry County officials say they are more concerned with shoring up washed out roads, than clearing them. Their resources remain focused on assisting areas impacted by flood water, and where things are dry, emergency maintenance is often required.
Four truckloads of material were needed to fill in just the portion of washed asphualt eaten up by the sinkhole at a home on Copenhagen Drive. The hole reached from the street right up to the front walkway, the lawn completely washed out beneath standing concrete.
The street saw four feet of water at points and homes nearby were still flooded on Monday, but by Tuesday it was nearly gone; and people who were forced from their homes days before, took their first real look at the damage and the cleanup in front of them.
“It’s going to be awhile, it’s going to be a long time. We’re just going to have to do the best we can,” said William Bellamy, who lives in the neighborhood.
Bellamy spent the day helping relatives, including in-laws, who saw some of the worst flooding, and did not live where the sinkhole formed. He and others came together to clear out the house of furniture, clothes and other belongings ruined by the waters.
They tore up the carpet, and removed soaking portions bit by bit, “they’re ripping everything out and we’re trying to get cleared out as much as we can,” he said.
It was the first steps, on the first days of cleaning up and taking back; before rebuilding can begin.
An even larger sinkhole formed at Eagles Nest Condominiums early Saturday morning, seen in the picture below.