Flooding predicted for rivers, creeks in the Pee Dee area
WILMINGTON, N.C. — As predicted, heavy rains hit the Pee Dee on Thursday as a strong low-pressure system formed over the Deep South.
The storm was forecast to continue into Friday before passing out of the area Friday night, leaving sunny skies in its wake.
The rain on already-saturated ground, swollen rivers and full swamps is expected to push three Florence County streams even higher.
The Great Pee Dee River, which has been running high and fast since the September and October hurricanes, is forecast to crest at 25.1 feet Saturday afternoon at Pee Dee, well into moderate flood stage.
The Lynches River is forecast to crest at 15.9 feet Friday afternoon — right on the line between minor and moderate flood stage — in Effingham before falling quickly through the weekend.
The Lumber River near Nichols is expected to reach minor flood stage and remain there throughout the week ahead.
Black Creek at Quinby is forecast to rise quickly throughout the day Friday and crest sometime Saturday afternoon at 14.2 feet.
While the Lynches River is forecast to return to its banks fairly quickly next week, Black Creek is forecast to remain at minor flood stage heading toward Thursday, when more rain is forecast to hit the Pee Dee.