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City of Darlington recovers from storm, faces more flooding

September 18, 2018

DARLINGTON, S.C. – After the wind and rain subsided from Hurricane Florence, residents of the city of Darlington began returning to normal life, but they must prepare for flood waters to continue rising in Swift Creek and Black Creek.

The city closed Williamson Park before the storm.

According to Lisa Rock, the director of Darlington City Development, Williamson Park is partially flooded by water from Swift Creek. There are three trees down from the storm, and wood chips have been washed away.

Rock said the water will crest again on Sunday, which will cause the park to stay flooded. The park will open after the flood waters subside, but there is not an exact time frame for when the park will reopen, according to Rock.

“We really dodged what could’ve been really bad,” Rock said, speaking about the effects of the storm on the City of Darlington.

The Darlington Country Club also saw flooding.

One road, Shoshone Drive, has flooded from the rising water of Black Creek. Two households are affected by the floodwater.

According to Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp, who lives on the corner of Shoshone Drive and Wyandot Street, both families evacuated Sunday from the area but have come back to check on their houses.

Tharp said the members of the police department, Duke Energy and emergency management services have been checking continuously on the area.

“They’re doing, I think, a good job of keeping the situation isolated and making sure people are safe,” Tharp said.

Tharp also said he’s heard from some of his neighbors that this is the highest they’ve seen this area flood.

Darlington Country Club resident Chris Hanburger said the water from Black Creek also flooded the green on the 10th hole of the golf course.

Hanburger only lost power during the storm, as well as cable and internet after the storm, but his yard and his neighbors’ yards flooded with rainwater. Hanburger said the drains under the driveways do not drain properly, causing the flooded yards.

“This is a problem,” Hanburger said. “It always has been.”

Hanburger opened the drains under his driveway and pumped water from his and his neighbor’s yards, moving the water out of the area.

Ronnie Byrd, another country club resident, said he didn’t have any damage to his house or yard.

“I know I am a blessed man, but I feel for those who have lost more than I have,” Byrd said.

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