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Horry County Monitors Tropical Depression #9

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Emergency Management will continue to monitor Tropical Depression (TD) #9 throughout the weekend and keep the public aware of any changes in the forecast.
 
The current forecast has TD #9 moving along or near the Southeast U.S. coast after crossing northern Florida as at Tropical Storm. The track of the storm did shift slightly to the west, which will result in an increase in rain and wind for Horry County. The storm is forecast to make its closest approach to our coast late Friday afternoon and early evening. Winds and rainfall amounts are forecast to begin increasing Friday morning and decrease by late Friday evening. Maximum wind gusts along our coast could range from 50-53 mph and about 40 mph inland on Friday. Rainfall amounts along the coast of Horry County are estimated at 5-7 inches and 3-5 inches inland. 
 
TD #9 has the potential to have significant marine impact as the bulk of the storm is expected to remain offshore. There will continue to be a high potential for rip currents along our beaches throughout the weekend. Beachgoers are encouraged to follow the below ocean safety checklist:
 
Ocean Safety Checklist

  • Be honest about your swimming ability. The ocean is not a swimming pool.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean. Being hit by a wave while you’re not watching can cause serious injury. 
  • Never take your eye off children in the water, no matter how calm the ocean.
  • If you need help, shout “HELP” (and not a family member’s name) or wave an arm to get attention.
  • A current can pull you away in waist high water.
  • If you get caught in a current, do not struggle against it. Rip currents are usually narrow, so calmly swim perpendicular to the current direction to get out of it. 
  • Too many rules to remember? Then remember just one…..SWIM IN FRONT OF LIFE GUARDS!

 
On Friday, motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling as roads will be slick and ponding could occur. 
 
Additional driving tips include:

  • First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.
  • 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.
  • Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you.
  • 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. 

Coastal residents and property owners are especially encouraged to begin securing outdoor furniture, garbage cans, etc. as winds will start increasing on Friday. 
 
Citizens should stay tuned to local media for updates.  It is also a good time to review family hurricane plans, including items that may be needed such as water, batteries, flashlights, etch.  Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s official website.

 



Swimmers Are Encouraged to Follow Ocean Safety Checklist

Conway, South Carolina – The beaches along the Coast of Horry County are unique and beautiful, but sometimes the ocean can be unpredictable. Ocean conditions can rapidly change and are greatly influenced by season, location, tides and weather. Rip currents along our coast will increase this week due to tropical systems like Gaston and Tropical Depression 8.
 
The overall risk associated with swimming in the ocean is low, but local safety officials recommend visitors follow the below precautions:
 
Ocean Safety Checklist

  • Be honest about your swimming ability. The ocean is not a swimming pool.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean. Being hit by a wave while you’re not watching can cause serious injury.
  •  Never take your eye off children in the water, no matter how calm the ocean.
  •  If you need help, shout “HELP” (and not a family member’s name) or wave an arm to get attention.
  • A current can pull you away in waist high water.
  •  If you get caught in a current, do not struggle against it. Rip currents are usually narrow, so calmly swim perpendicular to the current direction to get out of it.
  • Too many rules to remember? Then remember just one…..SWIM IN FRONT OF LIFE GUARDS!


Horry County Government Weekly Update for August 29 - September 2, 2016

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, releases, mosquito spraying and road construction for the week of August 29-September 2, 2016.



Third Annual Horry County Community Cleanup Day

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Council, in conjunction with Keep Horry County Beautiful and numerous partners, will host a countywide, volunteer litter cleanup event Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event will feature 10-locations around the county where volunteers can choose to participate. Sign-in at each location will begin at 8:30 a.m. with roadside pickup to begin at 9 am to noon.   

Volunteers are invited to a post celebration party at the Horry County Solid Waste Authority in Conway (1886 Highway 90) from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.  The litter collected at the various locations around the county will be transported to the landfill.  There will be food, prizes, entertainment, tours of the landfill, and much more!

Pre-registration is highly encouraged and available on the Horry County website.  Volunteers may follow the link to pre-register online or may download the preregistration form and mail it to Nancy Tindall, Horry County Planning & Zoning, 1301 2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526.  The public is invited to participate as well as church groups, civic organizations, community associations, local businesses, etc. Come out and show your support for a cleaner Horry County!

Volunteers should also download a waiver form to bring to the registration table on the day of the event. One form will be required per individual. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLEANUP EVENT WITHOUT A SIGNED WAIVER FORM!   Please note that participants who are at least 16 years of age, but under 18 years of age, must have a parent or other legal custodian sign the waiver form.  NO PARTICIPANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 YEARS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT PRESENCE OF A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.

Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes to participate and are encouraged to wear long sleeves, long pants, leather shoes or boots, and eye protection.  Trash bags, gloves, a wristband, and a brightly colored t-shirt will be provided the day of the event.

For more information on the 3rd Annual Horry County Community Cleanup Day, contact Nancy Tindall with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340 or by email

 

 

 



Horry County Begins Work on International Drive

Conway, South Carolina – After lengthy discussions with county staff and legal counsel, Horry County began construction on International Drive. County construction crews began clearing trees and vegetation along the right-of-way corridor of International Drive in order to get the road passable for construction vehicles in the interim. This work is estimated to take approximately 40 days. Horry County will contract the construction and paving operations of International Drive by a request for proposal that is estimated to be publicized around the first of October. Once a contract is awarded the paving operations are estimated to take 8-12 months, but a final date will not be known until a contract is awarded.

“There are always risks, but this is certainly an acceptable risk we are willing take,” stated Horry County Chairman Mark Lazarus. “Now that the judge ruled in favor of SC DHEC Sec 401 (water quality) permit, this allowed the US Army Corps to issue their Sec 404 (wetland fill) permit to us on July 22, 2016. We now have all the permits in our possession that allows us to begin construction on this road. There is the potential that a federal court action could be filed to stop us from paving the road, but again we are willing to take that risk. We have the money in the bank and all the required permits for this project, and we are going to get this road built.”

“We can’t thank our citizens enough for their continued support of this project and standing by us to fight the good fight,” commented Horry County Councilman Johnny Vaught. “We have an obligation to our citizens to fulfill the RIDE 2 referendum that was voted on in 2006, and we are prepared to continue our efforts until cars are driving on International Drive. That will be one glorious day!”

International Drive was the last project to break ground under the RIDE 2 1% sales tax initiative for roads that was passed by a referendum vote in 2006.  Two other large road projects under that initiative will be completed late 2017 early 2018, which includes the widening of SC 707 from Enterprise Road to the Georgetown County line and the widening of Glenn’s Bay Road and a grade-separated interchange at the intersection of Glenn’s Bay Road and US Highway 17-Bypass.

 

 

 



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