Photos: Devastating floods continue in SC weeks after Hurricane Florence

September 27, 2018

flooding conway sc 1197flooding conway sc 1197BUCKSPORT, SC - SEPTEMBER 26: An antique car is inundated by floodwaters from the Waccamaw River caused by Hurricane Florence on September 26, 2018 in Bucksport, South Carolina. Nearly two weeks after making landfall in North Carolina, river flooding continues in northeastern South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

On Sunday morning as I prepared my kayak for a photo mission into a neighborhood flooded by the Waccamaw River, just a few miles from Coastal Carolina, a neighbor reminded me to mind my wake. Some homes where inches from taking in water.

Mind your wake. A photojournalists’ mantra, especially when walking or kayaking through neighborhoods inundated with flat water river flooding. If you shift your weight, even a little, you’ll create ripples, obliterating your mirror image. Patience is key.

flooding conway sc 1011flooding conway sc 1011BUCKSPORT, SC - SEPTEMBER 26: Larry Hickman stands in floodwaters from the Waccamaw River caused by Hurricane Florence on September 26, 2018 in Bucksport, South Carolina. Nearly two weeks after making landfall in North Carolina, river flooding continues in northeastern South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

For the past two weeks, I’ve been covering the impacts of Hurricane Florence in the state of South Carolina with the Associated Press and Getty Images. By boat, over land, and in air, here is a sampling of what I saw.

For my complete coverage with Getty Images: 9/12-9/18
For my complete coverage with the Associated Press: 9/18-9/27

A guide to helping victims of Hurricane Florence in SC and NC

Words and photos by Sean Rayford

flooding conway sc 1171flooding conway sc 1171BUCKSPORT, SC - SEPTEMBER 26: Workers uses farm machinery to navigate floodwaters from the Waccamaw River caused by Hurricane Florence on September 26, 2018 in Bucksport, South Carolina. Nearly two weeks after making landfall in North Carolina, river flooding continues in northeastern South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) weather 27812weather 27812DL Glenn finishes sandbagging at door at Thompson Barber Shop as Hurricane Florence slowly moves across the East Coast Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in Florence, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) weather SC US 30136weather SC US 30136LONGS, SC - SEPTEMBER 20: Billy Hardee removes valuables from his home as floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence rises at Aberdeen Country Club on September 20, 2018 in Longs, South Carolina. Floodwaters are expected to rise through the weekend in the area. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) weather 28430weather 28430Yuri Hickey, right, and a worker from the Red Cross point at a weather report inside a storm shelter at Ridge View High School as remnants of Hurricane Florence slowly move across the East Coast Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Columbia, S.C. Hickey lives on a sailboat in Charleston and evacuated to the same shelter at Ridge View High School during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. He has also lost two sailboats during hurricanes in the Florida Keys. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) flooding conway sc 36763flooding conway sc 36763CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: People use a boat to rescue valuables from a home inundated by floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence near the Waccamaw River on September 23, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina. Floodwaters are expected to continue to rise in Conway over the next two days. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

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flooding conway sc 37161-2flooding conway sc 37161-2CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: Jason Johnson, left and homeowner Archie Sanders work to build a temporary levee to hold back floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence near the Waccamaw River on September 23, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina. Floodwaters are expected to continue to rise in Conway over the next two days. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) sc weather 29304sc weather 29304CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 17: Floodwaters inundate a church after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Conway, S.C. Many rivers in the Carolinas are approaching record flood stages and their levels will continue to rise through the week. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Above: Trinity United Methodist Church in Conway, SC after flash flooding on Sept. 17

Below: Trinity United Methodist Church in Conway, SC during a second wave of floods, from the Waccamaw River on Sept. 26

flooding conway sc 610flooding conway sc 610CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 26: Trinity United Methodist Church is inundated by floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence near the Crabtree Swamp on September 26, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina. Nearly two weeks after making landfall in North Carolina, river flooding continues in northeastern South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) weather 28052weather 28052Eric Edwards Jr., left, and Elliott Farmer Jr. look at their phones from an air mattress in a storm shelter at Washington Street United Methodist Church as Hurricane Florence slowly moves across the East Coast Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) weather SC US 29909weather SC US 29909LONGS, SC - SEPTEMBER 20: James Spencer helps a friend remove valuables from their home as floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence rise at Aberdeen Country Club on September 20, 2018 in Longs, South Carolina. Floodwaters are expected to rise through the weekend in the area. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) flooding conway sc 36798flooding conway sc 36798CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: People navigate floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence near the Waccamaw River on September 23, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina. Floodwaters are expected to continue to rise in Conway over the next two days. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) sc weather 29367sc weather 29367CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 17: A man rides a bike near a flooded street after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Dillon, South Carolina. Many rivers in the Carolinas are approaching record flood stages and their levels will continue to rise through the week. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) sc weather 29204sc weather 29204WALLACE, SC - SEPTEMBER 17: South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, right, and National Guard Lt. Col. Jay McElveen gives two thumbs up to rescue workers after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, near Wallace, South Carolina. United States. A fire rescue team saved two people stuck on the roof of a vehicle in floodwaters caused by the storm. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) weather SC US 31368weather SC US 31368LONGS, SC - SEPTEMBER 20: Todd Parrish walks through floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence on September 20, 2018 in Longs, South Carolina. Floodwaters are expected to rise through the weekend in the area. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) weather SC US 31889weather SC US 31889CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 21: People prepare sand bags as floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence rise near the Crabtree Swamp on September 21, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina. The floodwaters are expected to rise through the weekend and into the early part of next week. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) flooding conway sc 161flooding conway sc 161CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 26: A home is inundated by floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence near the Crabtree Swamp on September 26, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina. Nearly two weeks after making landfall in North Carolina, river flooding continues in northeastern South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) sc weather 29148sc weather 29148CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 17: An official looks out a Blackhawk Helicopter at inundated homes after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Conway, South Carolina. Many rivers in the Carolinas are approaching record flood stages and their levels will continue to rise through the week. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) weather 26452weather 26452Emergency workers enter and exit the South Carolina National Guard Readiness Center as Hurricane Florence prepares for landfall on the East Coast Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in West Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) flooding conway sc 36362flooding conway sc 36362CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: A woman walks through floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence near the Waccamaw River on September 23, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina. Floodwaters are expected to continue to rise in Conway over the next two days. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) flooding conway sc 36519flooding conway sc 36519CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: People use boats to rescue valuables from a home inundated by floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence near the Waccamaw River on September 23, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina. Floodwaters are expected to continue to rise in Conway over the next two days. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) weather SC US 29702weather SC US 29702LONGS, SC - SEPTEMBER 20: A car is inundated with floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence at an apartment complex at Aberdeen Country Club on September 20, 2018 in Longs, South Carolina. Floodwaters are expected to rise through the weekend in the area. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) weather 28693weather 28693Stephen Mims, left, and David Lloyd wait for the storm to pass in a shelter at Washington Street United Methodist Church as remnants of Hurricane Florence slowly move across the East Coast Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) weather SC US 30383weather SC US 30383LONGS, SC - SEPTEMBER 20: Richard Brown, left, and Janet Hardee walk down a flooded street caused by Hurricane Florence at Aberdeen Country Club on September 20, 2018 in Longs, South Carolina. Floodwaters are expected to rise through the weekend in the area. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) weather SC US 30694weather SC US 30694LONGS, SC - SEPTEMBER 20: A couple bails out their flooded home on September 20, 2018 in Longs, South Carolina. Floodwaters are expected to rise through the weekend in the area. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) weather SC US 32282weather SC US 32282CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 21: Coast Guard Chief Lorenzo Ladaga, left, and Chris Blanchette survey rising floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence rise near the Crabtree Swamp on September 21, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina. The Coast Guard has deployed 57 members with five boats to the Conway area as floodwaters are expected to rise through the weekend and into the early part of next week. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) sc weather 29245sc weather 29245WALLACE, SC - SEPTEMBER 17: A truck drives through floodwaters after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas on September 17, 2018 near Conway, South Carollina. United States. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

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