Rain brings flooding to coastal area

This photo was submitted by Miles Jordan, who says he took the photo while driving through Murrells Inlet.

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WCIV) -- A photo shared with our newsroom tells the story.

Areas in Georgetown County experienced flooding Wednesday night. Officials with the Georgetown Police Department said all crews were responding to flooding just after 8 p.m. The worst areas, they said, were the "normal areas prone to flooding."

Just after 8 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Georgetown County expected to last until 10 p.m. NWS radar indicated about two to three inches of rain fell in the areas of Lambert and Andrews outside of Georgetown between 7 and 8 p.m.

The NWS issued a flood warning for the area expected to last until 11:30 p.m. The NWS reported at least another three inches would be possible.

As of 8:30 p.m. Fraser Street in Georgetown was closed near the Maryville Bridge. Officials with the Georgetown Police Department said flood waters had receded by 10 p.m. The road was reopened shortly after.

According to a report by ABC affiliate WPDE, there were several reports of cars in ditches, including the one pictured with this story on Highway 17 in Murrells Inlet.

WPDE reported flooding was reported throughout Murrells Inlet, including on Highway 17 in front of Waccamaw Community Hospital, in the restaurant row area near the Lazy Gator and near SBB Four Corners, where many of the Harley riders travel.

According to the WPDE report, retention ponds were overflowing, and there was heavy ponding on roads.

Lake Swamp Road in Horry County was closed due to flooding between Galivants Ferry and Green Sea.

A county away from Georgetown, in the Jamestown area of Berkeley, NWS radar indicated as much as four to six inches of rainfall.

If you spot flooding in the Georgetown area you are asked to call the NWS office toll free at 877-633-6772.