Waccamaw River in South Carolina finally dips under flood stage


    S.C. Highway 22 is flooded between SC-90 and SC-905 on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Conway, S.C. An officer with the South Carolina State Highway Patrol marks the water level to compare against previous days. The blocked road has traffic snarled around Conway and the Waccamaw River continues to rise past record levels. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

    The Waccamaw River near the South Carolina coast has finally gone back into its banks after 29 days of flooding following Hurricane Florence.

    The National Weather Service says the river level at Conway dipped below the flood stage of 11 feet (3.4 meters) just after midnight Sunday.

    Shawn Lowrimore, Pastor Willie Lowrimore of The Fellowship With Jesus Ministries', son, wades into water near the church in Yauhannah, S.C., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The church is on the bank of the Waccamaw River which has already risen above its record crest and is expected to keep rising for several days, forcing thousands of evacuations in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. (AP Photo/Jeffrey S. Collins)

    That Waccamaw River gauge has been over that level since early Sept. 16, two days after Florence made landfall in North Carolina, dumping more than 2 feet (61 centimeters) of rain in areas upstream.

    The river set a record at nearly 21.2 feet (6.5 meters) on Sept. 26, breaking the old record set two years ago from heavy rains after Hurricane Matthew by 3.3 feet (1 meter).

    The river flooded nearly 1,000 homes around Conway.

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