Andrews flood victim: ‘We’ll be back, as long as the heart beats’

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – Flooding in Georgetown County has destroyed homes, businesses and vehicles, but for some in the county, the situation is getting worse.

Emergency officials are asking those near the Black River in Andrews to leave if they don’t feel safe. As the river continues to rise, community members are worried as the river continues to inch its way into town even more homes may be destroyed.

An unwelcomed guest continues to arrive for several in Andrews. On Thursday, more people decided to leave their homes as the water grew closer.

“I thought maybe it would slow down here, but it’s just gotten so much worse. That’s what I can’t understand,” says Wayne Watford who lives near the Black River.

The Black River hasn’t crested, and that’s caused gallons of water to make its way to Watford’s home.

“Behind my house is really just Black River swamp, and it just goes for miles and miles,” explains Watford.

Rising water hasn’t just caused problems from home owners, it’s also an issue for emergency responders. Shelters in Andrews have had to be relocated due to the creeping flood waters.

At 82-years-old, you can see the wear on Louis Ward’s hands and the hear the strain the flooding has put on her emotions.

“I went back to look out the door and see. I said ‘lord have mercy, I can’t go nowhere.’ So they had to come and get me out of there with a boat,” recalls Ward.

People who have lost so much, are finding different ways to cope. Whether it’s with a laugh, or turning to a higher power.

“If I can keep my wife calmed down, I’ll be just fine,” says Watford.

“I’m hoping by the good Lord’s help, it won’t be too long before I get back to my home,” hopes Ward.

But one thing is clear, the people who live in Georgetown County communities aren’t going to let rising water get them down.

“We’ll be back, as long as the heart beats and the good Lord ain’t going no where. As long as he’s there, we’re going to be here,” proclaims Watford.

Federal help is coming to those affected by the flood in Georgetown County. County officials say FEMA plans to open a shop where people can go and apply for help.

Until then, officials are asking residents to be smart, and if necessary, leave their homes.

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