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Hudson's on the Docks hit with flooding for third year in a row

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Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks flooded for the third year in a row after Tropical Storm Irma hammered the South Carolina lowcountry with heavy rain Monday. (Credit: Josie Gregory)

Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks flooded for the third year in a row after Tropical Storm Irma hammered the South Carolina Lowcountry with heavy rain Monday.

Andrew and Erin Carmines sometimes pay the price for having a restaurant right on the water, like during the King Tides of October 2015.

"The first one that came in came through the bar and the back dining room, so not that far. The second one, that happened a couple days later, came through the front dining room a little bit," Erin Carmines said.

They had to replace the carpet floors due to the flooding and decided to do a remodel as well.

However, trouble struck again with Hurricane Matthew just a year later.

"The force and the wind that came through, it hit the dock next to us and barreled through the side of the restaurant. The water kind of gushed in in an aggressive fashion, and there was sand and it was up waist high," she said.

The new hardwood floors had to be replaced and a new outdoor deck had to be built.

Then, Tropical Storm Irma hit the restaurant on Monday.

The Carmines said only a few inches of water got into the restaurant this time, but it ruined the 11-month-old hardwood floors.

Crews were busy Wednesday ripping up the floors and drying the restaurant to lay new hardwood flooring. Staff were also scrubbing the restaurant top to bottom.

Carmines said pictures circulating on social media had loyal customers and past visitors upset because the flooding appeared worse than it actually was.

"The one that I had seen, they made it look like an optical illusion, like the entire restaurant was basically underwater, and it wasn't," she said.

She said, luckily, there is no structural damage to the new outdoor deck or building. The Carmines are now thinking about installing a concrete floor in the future.

"If the flooding happens again, we just kind of clean it up, hose it out and get back to business as usual," Carmines said.

The Carmines anticipate reopening Hudson's on the Docks on Sunday night serving the full menu; however, that plan could change.

They are asking customers to check their Facebook page for any updates.