Florence's impact: SC couple takes boat to travel from house to highway
Although the sheriff’s office says there are no mandatory evacuations right now in Marion County, SC, multiple roads are blocked because of freshwater flooding.
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Next to Highway 378 in Brittons Neck, multiple homes and buildings were surrounded by or partially submerged in the floodwaters.
Myrtis and her husband Earl Larrimore have lived in their home along Highway 378 as long as they’ve been married—55 years. Though the flooding surrounding their home looks like a large moat or even a lake, it’s actually water from Hurricane Florence.
They say the area around their home used to be farmland where they grew cotton and crops.
Because the water is too deep to walk or drive through, the couple has been using a boat to get to and from their house from the highway. They are living in their home still, although their neighbors left when the water came.
“You hate to just take up and leave it, ya know? You don’t want to leave everything you’ve worked for in your life,” Myrtis said.
Miraculously, the couple still has electricity. They say they feel lucky to have survived he storm.
“Some people can’t say they’re living today, they’re gone. This flood took them,” Myrtis said. “We just don’t know what the lord has in store for us, but we’ll make it.”
As of Tuesday evening, National Guard Troops could be seen assisting in Marion County.
We are still waiting for information from the sheriff’s office regarding the number of buildings impacted and livestock lost.