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Florence Would Have Made I-73 An Impossible Return Route To Myrtle Beach

I-73 PROPOSED ROUTE ENTIRELY FLOODED – Would be impassable in days

If the $2.4 billion proposed route of I-73 existed today,  it would soon be facing major flood issues like areas along Highway 501 at Gallivants Ferry are expecting this coming week.  Areas of I-95 and I-20 have experienced flood issues already.  The land that comprises the newly proposed areas of the I-73 route are completely flooded as of today.  Completed areas of highway 22 are not experiencing flood issues and will not.

Horry County Council voted just recently to set aside $20 million annually to help fund this interstate locally.  Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune,  Rep. Alan Clemmons, Rep. Heather Ammons Crawford, and Rep. Russel Frye then made a joint trip to D.C. in the past few weeks asking for matching Federal funding based on Horry County’s vote.

Engineers we spoke with this morning stated that to plan and build the Horry County section of an interstate that would be appropriately elevated to avoid Hurricane related flooding could cost over $6 billion.

Bumper to Bumper I-20 traffic headed back home to the coast 1 p.m. today.

State and local officials currently have their eyes on the Lumber, Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee, Catawba and Waccamaw rivers as there will be flooding over the next 5 days.

THIS FROM HORRY COUNTY COUNCILMAN AL ALLEN TODAY:

Al Allen Horry County Councilman
URGENT ! Horry County residents along the Little Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers prepare for record flooding over the next few days. If you flooded during Matthew it will be worse! Horry County may be cut off by road access from the rest of the state when bridges at Hwy 9, 917, 501 (Galivants Ferry) and 378 are overrun by flood waters within the next few days and this will affect ALL of Horry County !  Please prepare for 5-10 days of challenges from the flood waters created by Florence. I can assure you that our staff is working hard and plans are in place to deal with this unprecedented Flood event ! Don’t be a victim, Be Prepared, Be Safe ! Godspeed #TeamHorry, #TeamSC, #TeamAmerica
Little Pee Dee Bridge
Little Pee Dee Bridge Highway 501 during Matthew. SCDOT Photo

Expected Pee Dee Flood waters over the next days

WILL THE 501 BRIDGE HOLD?

Other officials are hoping the Gallivants Ferry Bridge on 501 holds.   While it has in the past, Allen says this flood will be worse than Hurricane Matthew which set the record at 17.1 feet.  The bridge barely held during that flood.

The State newspaper put this footage up of flooding along the Pee Dee During Hurricane Matthew.

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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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