SCDNR works to make rescues on Waccamaw River


HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has been patrolling areas experiencing significant flooding, including the Waccamaw River, ready to make rescues.

“Officers are stationed throughout the low state,” said SCDNR Officer Joe Cartee. “We have over 100 officers and we’ve made many rescues.”

The homes along Red Bluff Road are mostly surrounded by water and the popular boat landing and swimming area are quickly filling with water.

The parking lot of the boat ramp is flooded, and water is now touching the bottom of the bridge. For some, the Waccamaw River is the only way out.

“To the east, the only way to get in here is by boat,” said Cartee.

SCDNR says it’s best to avoid this area as flood waters creep up, but if you need to get home for an emergency reason they’re standing by to help.

“We’re out patrolling the Waccamaw River and we’re trying to assist homeowners, landowners if they need our help getting in and out we’re available,” Cartee said.

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