Country Club of South Carolina community again struck by overflowing Black Creek

September 19, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – After the Lake Robinson and Sonoco dams released water into Black Creek, residents of the Country Club of South Carolina who live on Cypress Bend Road were facing rising flood waters Tuesday.

The water had blocked several residents from leaving their homes.

Country Club of South Carolina director of golf Steve Prueter said flooding from Black Creek was worse than it was when Hurricane Matthew hit in 2016.

“I don’t think we are to the end,” Prueter said.

As of Tuesday, the water had not gotten inside the homes, said George Haliscak, who lives just at the edge of the flooding on Cypress Bend Road. At some homes at the lowest parts of the road, the flooding had gotten close.

“Right now, everybody seems to be OK,” Haliscak said. “There are a few people who haven’t gotten out, but everyone seems to be OK.”

Haliscak said he had checked on his neighbors, and none of them were stuck in their homes.

The flooding is crossing over Cypress Bend Road and onto the golf course at the 11th fairway, according to Haliscak.

Haliscak said other than the flooding on the road, he has had no other damage from the storm.

“We just kind of keep an eye on where the water is,” Haliscak said. “Our only concern right now is any water coming from the dams up in Hartsville.”

On the other side of the Country Club of South Carolina by the dam, some residents have found that the water from Hurricane Florence has helped them refill Lake Kennedy.

Two years ago during Hurricane Matthew, the dam at the country club broke, flooding part of the golf course and draining the lake. A group of country club residents formed a committee to raise money to rebuild the dam.

Country club resident John resident said the dam was finished a month ago.

“It was a little scary at first, because they just finished the dam and had started filling the lake from the creek,” Hinson said. “It seems to have passed its first test.”

Hinson said other than some trees and pine straw in his yard, he was unscathed by the storm.

“We were very lucky I think,” Hinson said.

Another resident, Judy Voss, who has a lake-front home, said the lake filled up in two days. Voss said the part of the lake near the dam had water, but the part near her house had been empty before the storm.

During the storm, Voss had a tree fall on her house above her kitchen, tearing a hole in her roof. She and her husband, Gwyn, tried to stuff the hole to prevent water from coming into her home. They also put coolers down to catch the water.

The next day Voss’ daughter, Robin, set up a rig that caught the water and hosed it out of the house.

“People have been very nice,” Voss said, speaking of the help she and her husband received to prevent flooding in her home.

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