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Nearly half of SC town's residents rescued from floodwaters

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Nichols, SC underwater on Monday. (Source: Middle East Region, Civil Air Patrol) Nichols, SC underwater on Monday. (Source: Middle East Region, Civil Air Patrol)
Little Pee Dee River flooding. (Source: Middle East Region, Civil Air Patrol) Little Pee Dee River flooding. (Source: Middle East Region, Civil Air Patrol)

MARION COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Nearly half of the population of the small town of Nichols, South Carolina had to be rescued after floodwaters forced them to take refuge in town hall.

Days after Hurricane Matthew pushed through South Carolina, floodwaters are continuing to rise in swollen rivers, lakes and ponds. 

On Monday, state rescue crews had to rescue 150 people from Nichols Town Hall, a town of 357 people in Marion County.

The town is just west of the Lumber River, which has been rising due to the torrential rainfall Matthew brought to the Pee Dee region of the state.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said several of the rivers in the northeast part of the state aren't even close to cresting yet.

RAW VIDEO: Aerial video of flooding in Nichols, SC

A dozen residents on or near the Little Pee Dee River have been rescued by boat.

Teams of law enforcement have started river patrols during daylight and nighttime hours to prevent looting in those areas.

Of particular concern are the Little Pee Dee, Lumber and Waccamaw Rivers.

SLED director Mark Keel is urging people to stay away from those rivers. 

"Sightseers need to stay out of the river," Keel said. "Boats going by are doing nothing more than causing additional damage to the rivers."

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