Grier Crossing flooding

Water rises in the streets of the Grier Crossing subdivision near Conway. 

Daniel Smith woke up Thursday to water covering the street in front of his Grier Crossing home.

By 8 a.m., the flash flood was already in his lawn. Smith has lived in this Conway area neighborhood for two years. Some homes there flooded after Hurricane Florence in 2018, but his did not. He was surprised by how quickly the water rose Thursday.

“We’re not really technically in a [high risk] flood zone,” he said.

Grier Crossing, which sits just north of the city limits, was the only neighborhood in unincorporated Horry County to generate any flood complaints as of 3 p.m. Thursday, county spokeswoman Kelly Moore said. As Hurricane Dorian unloaded on the Grand Strand, the county had seen some roads flood, but not subdivisions.

City spokeswoman Taylor Newell said via text that Conway officials had received reports of flash flooding affecting roads in the Jordan Estates community, but that was the lone neighborhood impacted by Dorian’s flooding in the city.

Jimmy Stacey moved to Grier Crossing over nine years ago and said the neighborhood has struggled with drainage as long as he’s been there.

Apart from the flooding during hurricanes, he said hard rains can cause problems for the development.

“The ditches have always been the way they are now,” he said. “Everything out this way dumps into one little channel that’s on the other side of the neighborhood. … It’s kind of like funnel out here.”

On Thursday afternoon, floodwater crept halfway up some mailbox posts. It washed over a stop sign lying in the street.

Before the winds picked up, Smith loaded his wife, Mary Kathryn, into an SUV with her mother. 

He doesn’t expect the water to reach their house — it came just inside the garage during Florence — but with his wife 36 weeks pregnant, Daniel Smith doesn't want her wading anywhere.

However, he’s going to stick around and monitor the developing creek flowing over Grier Crossing Drive.

“I want to make sure nothing happens,” he said.

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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