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Hurricane Matthew’s Second Wave – Thousands Flee


Hurricane Matthew’s Second wave


Hurricane Matthew’s second wave has thousands of locals, who have never experienced a flood, fleeing their homes as waters engulf area towns.  The entire town of Nichols, S.C. is completely underwater.  These are the very towns tourists drive through to reach the beaches of Myrtle Beach, S.C.   Many of these homeowners work in tourist related industries making just over $20,000 annually.  Few of these workers have ever asked for any type of federal or state assistance,  including unemployment.

Most had only a few hours to flee their homes. Two hundred were recently evacuated by helicopter. Thousands of area homes, like those shown in the video above, are now under water. Many of these families will not qualify for federal assistance if they do ask. They do not have flood insurance.

Gallivants Ferry
Gallivants Ferry Current Water Levels

Flooding in low lying areas are the main concern in most Hurricanes.  Matthew’s second wave even puts the Gallivants Ferry bridge at Highway 501 at risk.  This is certainly not our last hurricane.  It is time that Horry County stepped up and worked to build a higher bridge at that location.  Georgetown, Mt. Pleasant and Charleston all have great bridges that are well above flood stage.  The Gallivants Ferry Bridge is proving that it is not safe when the next Hurricane arrives.  Should the bridges at 917, Highway 9 and Highway 378 all go out at once,  there will be no direct route from the west into Horry County.

When we reached out to leaders at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, we got no reply.  However, ongoing promotions by MBACC for the need to build I-73 continue.

Towns that include Socastee, Bucksport, Mullins, Nichols, and Brittons Neck all have residents forced to flee their homes. Most residents left with only the things they could quickly gather together ahead of rushing floods.   “These flood victims are the kinds of people who can make a 2004 Chevy truck last another 100,000 miles with a lifted hood and just few stops at NAPA. These are the kind of people who stop to assist when they see someone stranded by the side of the road. They will certainly be great stewards of what we give them.” Local Karon Mitchell said

Flooded NIchols
Town of Nichols Entirely Underwater








About David Hucks

Born in 1961, David is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

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