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Dan Kingsmore prepares to drive his truck across Cottonwood Drive in the Rosewood community of Socastee on Monday. His home on Rosewood Drive along the Intracoastal Waterway has already seen flooding.

Dan Kingsmore’s boots sloshed in the water late Sunday afternoon as he got inside his red Ford Ranger on Cottonwood Drive.

By that time, he and his wife’s Rosewood Drive house along on the Intracoastal Waterway had already seen 30 inches of water come up underneath it, inundation seeping in Saturday in some downstairs rooms. This is the fourth time in the past two years, the house has seen flooding, he said.

“We were here for the last storm,” said the resident of the Rosewood community of Socastee referring to Hurricane Matthew. The community sits near the waterway and Socastee High School. “We had 42 inches under the house. This time it’s going to be much more.”

Matthew itself came with less warning that Florence, and caused them to lose everything on the bottom of their two-story house.

“We lost quite a bit,” he said, adding some local volunteers came and helped move furniture of the lower level of their home.

The storm caused Kingsmore couple to evacuate and stay at a friend’s summer home on the South Strand. On Sunday, Kingsmore came home to “see how things looked” and pick some items up.

“It’s going to get worse,” he said. “We’re hoping it doesn't get up to the main level of the house.”

The Intracoastal Waterway in Socastee is expected to crest around 23 feet on Thursday, roughly four feet higher than during Hurricane Matthew, according to information provided by the National Weather Service.

Volunteers from Impact Ministries and Beach Church could be seen helping out residents with things like sandbagging their homes and moving items.

Locals also brought food and water to Rosewood residents and volunteers with the American Red Cross also handed out boxes of food Sunday bought by the nonprofit and prepared by Southern Baptists.

Triton Relief Group also helped some in the community, including elderly residents, get out of their homes and take them to shelter, following up with them to see if they needed anything else.

Phillip Stone has been living for eight years at his house on the 5700 block of Rosewood Drive, where he resides with his wife and son.

A pool of water extended from the rear wheels of a blue truck in his driveway engulfing much of the street.

Stone used paddle boats and kayaks to help neighbors move back and forth from their homes as well as help move items.

He saw 20 inches of flooding in his house due to Matthew causing the family to “lose everything,” he said.

Because of the storm, he and his family have been staying in a Myrtle Beach hotel and may have to live there for a month.

He on Sunday described preparing for what he said was the inevitable flooding, having to elevate items in the family’s home.

“It’s going to [flood],” he said. “It’s imminent. It’s already in my neighbor’s house.”

He said he was expecting the same level of water from Matthew rather than the record that is projected. He remained frustrated at the possibility the flooding would once again come into his residence.

“It sucks to have to go through it again,” he said. It was supposed to be a 100 year flood. ... Hurricane Matthew … was supposed to be the storm of a lifetime so what the hell is next? The storm of a century? A thousand year storm? It gets old.”

He hoped for better infrastructure and drainage in the future as well as rezoning in the area of his home to allow houses to be built on stilts, which he said is only allowed along the waterway.

“You should let people get their homes off the ground,” he said.


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