Williamsburg County residents still stunned by week-long flooding

Anthony Johnson
Anthony Johnson walks over the floodwaters in downtown Kingstree, S.C., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Rivers rose and dams bulged Wednesday as South Carolina faced another anxious day of waiting for the floodwaters to recede. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

KINGSTREE, SC (WBTW) – On Wednesday, Williamsburg County officials spent a vast majority of the day evacuating residents living near the Black River.

Orange cones still line the road near the Lamar Nathaniel Johnson Bridge in Kingstree Thursday morning.

However, the town’s week long attraction, along with its biggest headache, has become a place to reflect for many that have stopped by the Lamar Nathaniel Johnson Bridge.

For local photographer Anthony McFadden, it has been hard to picture the neighborhood he grew up in now that it’s underwater.

“I feel kind of bad. Growing up as young man, I had to leave over here at the age of 9, and coming back it’s kind of touching,” said McFadden, as he scrolled through his pictures.

The Black River Swamp is at its highest at 20 feet.

Lisa Britton and her husband Jody live along the Black River in their two story house. Their home was invaded by several feet of water.

“It was very fast. We were actually at the beach at the time. Our son, who is still staying at the house, he said ‘mom it’s not even in the yard yet’, and by 9:00 p.m. we called him and it was under the house, which is a huge rise.  He was trying to get out what he could and we were trying to get home,” Britton said.

By Thursday, the roof of their house, where the words “In God We Trust” had been written, had made it on CBS News.

“It’s a hurry up and wait game,” said Jody Britton. “There’s not much we can do except wait for the water to go down,” mentioned his wife Lisa.

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