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Horry County Monitors Strong Cold Front

Conway, South Carolina –The Horry County Emergency Management Department continues to monitor weather conditions as the National Weather Service is expecting a strong cold front to push towards South Carolina today. Rainfall total is expected to reach 1.5 to 2.5 inches by tomorrow evening. This amount of rainfall could create saturated soils and ponding in low lying areas or even minor flooding. General river flooding could be expected in the coming days should widespread rainfall amounts be on the higher side. 

Citizens are encouraged to drive safely during heavy rain conditions that likely could occur this evening. 

  • First and foremost: slow down! 
  • Stay toward the middle lanes - water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
  • Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather.
  • Don't follow large trucks or busses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing them as well; if you must pass, do so quickly and safely.
  • Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions. Watch out for brake lights in front of you.

For more information on current weather conditions, please visit your local media or the National Weather Service.

Applications Being Sought for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Conway, South Carolina – As a result of the federal disaster declaration and flooding event that impacted Horry County on October 5, 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made available grant opportunities under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

This particular grant program is a 75/25 cost share program. This type of cost share program gives selected, eligible projects 75% funding for the project cost from FEMA and the remaining 25% would be the applicant’s responsibility. Examples of eligible projects include elevation of flood prone structures, soil stabilization, safe room construction, dry flood proofing of non-residential structures etc.

 If you are interested in completing a pre-application for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, please contact Ashley Carroll in the Horry County Emergency Management Department at (843) 915-6925. 

Horry County Government Weekly Update for February 1-5, 2016

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, releases and road construction for the week of February 1-5, 2016.

Keep Horry County Beautiful to Conduct Annual Litter Index

Conway, South Carolina – The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will conduct the Annual Litter Index February 23, 2016.  Community volunteers are needed to assist with the project.

Keep Horry County Beautiful (KHCB) is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and PalmettoPride.  One of the requirements of all Keep America Beautiful affiliates is to conduct a Community Appearance Index (aka Litter Index). 

Litter Indexes have been conducted annually since 2011, when KHCB was certified as an affiliate.  KHCB members, staff, and volunteers conduct a windshield survey of 113 locations.  The locations include sections of roadway, boat landings, and parks.  Participants use the following grading system developed by Keep America Beautiful:

  • A location with minimal or no litter scores a 1.
  • A location with slight litter scores a 2.
  • A location that is littered scores a 3.
  • A location with extreme litter scores a 4. 

As part of the Litter Index, KHCB also surveys illegal signs.  A similar scoring system is used:

  • A location with no illegal signs scores a 1.
  • A location with slight sign cluttering scores a 2.
  • A location with sign cluttering scores a 3.
  • A location with extreme sign cluttering scores a 4.

A score is given to each location based on the amount of litter the participants see.  At the end of the day, all the scores are totaled and divided by eight, which is the number of litter districts in Horry County, to get the Litter Index score for KAB. 

There will be four groups of volunteers conducting the windshield survey in the morning and four groups in the afternoon.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Nancy Tindall at 843-915-7893 or email .    

Horry County Legislative Delegation Seeking Applicants for Boards & Commissions

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Legislative Delegation is currently seeking applicants for the following boards/commissions that have vacancies, expired terms, or terms that expire in the near future:

  • Horry County Disabilities & Special Needs Board
  • Horry County Higher Education Commission
  • Horry County Board of Social Services
  • Horry County Transportation Committee
  • Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Advisory Board
  • South Carolina Foster Care Review Board
  • Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Horry County
  • Waccamaw Center for Mental Health Governing Board
  • Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments
  • Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority

Individuals interested in serving should call the Horry County Legislative Delegation office at (843) 915-5130 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or email to request an application.  The deadline for receiving applications is Friday, February 12, 2016.