SCDOT aims to protect ‘lifeline’ U.S. 17 in Georgetown County

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GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCBD) – As waters continue to rise around Conway, so does the tension in Georgetown.

“We need to stretch this message here, it’s very important that life comes first,” said Mayor Brendon Barber.

“This is an unprecedented event for South Carolina, especially in this region,” said Christy Hall, Secretary of Transportation, SCDOT. 

Most have been preparing for the expected flooding for days, including the officials whose job it is to keep citizens safe.

“So we’ve got two lifelines we’re working on here in the Georgetown area, the first one, as the secretary mentioned is U.S. 17 over the Waccamaw River,” said LeLand Colvin, Deputy Secretary of Engineering, SCDOT.

They’re using aquadams to help protect the highway. It’s a series of long, water-filled tubes that fit together like Chinese finger traps, adding a height barrier.

“We’re working as fast as we can to get ready and prepare ourselves, just like we’re asking for the citizens in this area to prepare as well,” Hall said.

Once the water does enter the area, several roads are expected to flood and be shut down. You will be ticketed if you attempt to drive around barriers. 

Georgetown’s mayor asks that you pay attention to what’s going on and do what you can to make sure you’re as safe as possible. 


“Pay attention to our SCDOT, the Emergency Operations Center, all of those in authority, heed their directions because your life comes first,” Barber said. 

SCDOT officials say they’re still anticipating the water to move into the area sometime Wednesday, likely Wednesday evening.

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