NWS issues flood warning for Northern Georgetown County

The Georgetown Times parking lot was inundated in river water at high tide Monday morning. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the northern section of Georgetown County as river levels continue to rise after Hurricane Matthew. (Max Hrenda/South Strand News)

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Northern Georgetown County as excess water from Hurricane Matthew continues its trek to the coast.

The warning — which means flooding has been reported or is imminent — began Monday, Oct. 17, and was placed into effect until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The NWS station in Wilmington, North Carolina, issued a release saying area river levels were “extremely high” and that water was flowing “well outside” its normal channels. NWS singled out Northeastern South Carolina and Southeastern North Carolina, saying flooding could be “of a magnitude not seen in years.”

Many roads have been rendered impassable in wake of the flooding. According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, five roads remained closed in Georgetown County because of flooding and hurricane-related effects. Those closure include parts of: Exodus Drive, Gapway Road, Old Pee Dee Road, Plantersville Drive and Rosehill Road.

NWS encourages all residents in Northern Georgetown County to heed any evacuation orders that may be given. County officials had reported that no evacuation orders were expected to be issued. On Monday, County Public Information Officer Jackie Broach said the county had still not issued any evacuation orders.