S. Carolina town worries plan to save road will flood homes

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Some residents and officials in Conway, South Carolina, worry homes will flood because the state wants to save the main highway into Myrtle Beach instead.

On Monday, the Waccamaw River was already flooded and hadn’t yet crested.

State officials say they must keep the road open, or hundreds of thousands of people would be isolated. Tourist-destination Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas are more densely populated.

So the state is building a higher wall in its last stand on U.S. Highway 501.

Officials say the nearly 1,000 homes that will likely flood would be in harm’s way no matter what. They say the plan causes no additional damage.

Joe Holmes fears his home will flood after close calls in other storms. He says officials can’t know what will happen until the water rises.

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