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Tillman residents evacuate after rain causes flooding

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JASPER CO., SC (WTOC) -

The Savannah River is over flowing and causing many folks in the Tillman section of Jasper County to evacuate, according to emergency management officials.

The river has risen to 18.37 feet, according to the director of Jasper County Emergency Management, Wilbur Daley. On Wednesday night it received three more inches. This is the highest the river has been since 1993.

"There's a possibility that it will get higher," said Daley.

The flooding is due to all the recent rain that the area has received.

Daley and other emergency officials went door to door Thursday trying to convince those who haven't evacuated yet to do so.

"It's over the banks now on the South Carolina side. It is affecting 15 houses in this area," he said.

Families living in 14 of those houses did evacuate, but one homeowner didn't want to leave.

Tom Goethe Road, Sand Hill Road, and Clyo Road are the only areas affected by the flooding at this time. As the river continues to rise, officials say more areas may flood.

Jasper County is working with South Carolina's Department of Natural Resources, and the Army Corps of Engineers in Savannah. 

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