Downtown Conway businesses brace for flooding as river levels rise

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    CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Rising river levels are causing concern in Conway, where the Waccamaw River is spilling over its banks.

    Water is slowly beginning to cover parts of the Conway Riverwalk, as the Waccamaw River is now in major flood stage. Hurricane Florence is out of the area, but it’s left behind catastrophic flooding that is already making its mark on Downtown Conway.

    Right now, Tidewater Grill IS almost entirely surrounded by floodwaters and barriers are blocking parts of the road that are now submerged.

    Coopers Restaurant sits just down the road from the Riverwalk. One manager there said they’re already feeling the impacts from that flooding.

    “It certainly affects us because we did see a slowdown in foot traffic due to the congestion and rerouting of traffic. It’s definitely had a huge impact on our business last week and this week,” said Derrick Jackson.

    Jackson said flooding like this is something he’s seen before, particularly during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. However, he knows this time around it could end up being worse.

    β€œIt typically doesn’t come into our building but this could be the one time it does because there’s potential for it to be so high,” he said.

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