Livingston Landing resident Alan Inabinet has lived on the banks of the Edisto River for the past 30 years and has seen rain storms.

He most remembers September 1989 when Hurricane Hugo rolled through the area. Water was about 14 inches deep in his yard.

"We were out in the canoe in the front yard here," Inabinet said Friday. "All this was flooded but we did not evacuate. We had plenty of supplies. We were prepared."

Inabinet said despite forecasts of record-setting rainfall over the weekend from Hurricane Joaquin and a low-pressure system, he is not very concerned.

Forecasts are calling for rainfall totals up to 12 inches in some cases.

The Edisto River is forecast to reach 9.3 feet on Wednesday. The flood stage is 8 feet.

Inabinet and his family are planning to ride out the storm at their home. The family is really not even preparing for the storm.

"I am not worried about it," he said. "I got a boat in the backyard and all I have to do is get in and go up the road."

Inabinet says there is often a lot of excitement about a storm before it hits.

"I don't think we are going to get that much to be truthful with you," he said. "I really am not even concerned about it."

Neighbor Arnold Croft says he has been on Livingston Landing for about eight years and has never had any flooding problems.

Croft said before a portion of the road was paved, it would frequently wash out during flooding rains. Since the road was paved about a year ago, there have been no problems.

But Croft said there has been very little rain since that time.

"I don't know how it will do," he said. "It will be a good time to check it."

Croft said the street does receive a lot of water because it is low, but he says it has never flooded his residence or his work shed.

"I am little bit worried," he said. "But I’ve got a boat where I can go out. I can do that. I also have a four-wheel drive big truck. I think we will be fine."

He doesn’t foresee anything bad happening.

"I don't foresee it being real bad," he said. "They said we are going to be one of the main areas. We will have to play it out and hope for the best."

Croft said he has all that could be moved by water anchored down or picked up.

"I might have a different story Monday when it is all over with," he said.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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