Coward farm ‘thankful’ recent flooding didn’t bring hard times

COWARD, SC (WBTW) – People in the Pee Dee are still dealing with flooding.

In Florence County, the Lynches River is down almost a foot from Tuesday, just over 15 feet as of Wednesday.

Several roads in the county along the river have been closed because water is crossing them, for example, E. Friendfield Road in Coward.

Yvonne Waugh is the owner of Hard Times Stables, which sits off of E. Friendfield Rd. A pool of water from the roads has drifted onto the ranch and for her horses Wednesday was a pool day of sorts.

“They were out in the water this morning playing a little bit. They were out towards the road out here,” she said.

Hard Times is not just a name, but life for the past few months.

“We had such a hard time in October, the entire farm was flooded and when it started rising up against the road and it was halfway across the pasture. It really makes you a little bit nervous,” Waugh said as she let out a heavy sigh.

She is still in the process of repairing and replacing what was lost in October’s flood.

“In these stalls during the flood the last time we had to come and dig them out. The second board on the wall, the water was halfway up to the second board. We lost our hay, we lost our feed and probably around $1,000 out of our pockets so far,” Waugh explained.

Luckily, the ranch which is home to rescues and older animals, for the most part stayed on drier land.

“Thank the Lord we haven’t had to go anywhere because we have enough land still left. We’re going to get back on our feet; it’s just going to take a while. If the creek don’t rise again,” Waugh stated.

The National Weather Service expects it to dip below flood stage Saturday morning. Black Creek on the other hand will stay in minor flood stage through early next week.

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