Georgetown flood prep: US-17 over Waccamaw River down to 1 lane

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GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCBD) – Highway 17 over the Waccamaw River is down to one lane as Georgetown prepares for flooding post Florence.

102 Soldiers from the South Carolina Army National Guard’s 125th Multi-role Bridge Company are in Georgetown working on a secondary plan of action as the county anticipates possible flooding where the Highway 17 “Ocean Highway” bridges converge at Waccamaw and Great Pee Dee Rivers in Winyah Bay.

The Army National Guard is currently working on the backup plan while another agency has a primary plan in place for traffic management if the flood levels rise in that area. 

“We are setting up to ferry personnel and equipment across the rivers if their need is of critical nature,” said Capt. Joseph Varin, commander of the 125th MRBC, and lead engineer on the project. “We would take them from the south end of the bridge on Ocean Highway to the north end, and from north to south.”

The latest update on expected flood levels in the area is 10 to 12 feet when the water is expected to be at its highest.

National Guard teams offloaded large rafts from the Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex in Georgetown Sunday morning. The rafts were joined together to make a larger raft with room to fit a commercial truck, and then ferried by boat to the other side of the river. 

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