Rainy weather unlikely to affect Pee Dee rivers
FLORENCE, S.C. -- A forecast of five-days of rain for the Pee Dee may make things damp but won’t have much of an impact on flooding in the region.
“Five-day rainfall should not worsen river flooding but may slow crest recession slightly,” Reid Hawkins with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, N.C., wrote in a release on the forecast.
Most of the Pee Dee could see up to 1.5 inches of rain from the forecast while the western counties -- Darlington and Marlboro -- could see up to two inches, according to a graphic included with the release.
“A cold front will move into the Appalachians and stall. This will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms through Sunday,” Hawkins wrote in the release. “A second clod front will sweep south of the area late Sunday and bring dry weather early next week.”
Florence’s forecast calls for a 40-60 percent chance of rain starting tonight and running through Saturday before things clear up Saturday night into Sunday.
Pee Dee rivers are either receding back to their banks or have already done so following rains both in the area and upstream from Hurricane Florence.
The Waccamaw River at Conway is forecast to hold its current crest through Thursday before it starts to slowly recede, but remain above record flood levels through at least Monday.
As the crest of the floods rolls toward the coast Georgetown is bracing for major flooding from the Great Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers which empty out into Winyah Bay near the US 17 bridges over them at Georgetown.
SCDOT crews are working to erect barriers to keep the bridges open as long as possible while a National Guard unit is on hand to provide emergency river crossing services if needed, according to the agency’s Facebook page.