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Aerial Mosquito Spraying for Monday, August 10, 2020

Horry County Government will conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes Monday, August 10, 2020, (inclement weather alternate date is Wednesday, August 12, 2020), between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and dusk, weather permitting in the following locations:

  • Loris area: Westgate Pl/ Hwy 66/ Rosario Pl/ Bluebird Rd

The Horry County Stormwater Department operates the mosquito control program and offers regular service to residents in the unincorporated area of Horry County. Anyone in the unincorporated areas can request mosquito spraying by calling the Road and Drainage Hotline at (843) 381-8000 or by using the free HCConnect App on their smartphone. To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies or fill out a no-spray zone form on our website.

The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals. Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying. In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating.



Green Sea Library Closed Due to Power Outage

The Green Sea Library branch of the Horry County Memorial Library System will be closed today, Tuesday, August 4, 2020, due to a power outage. 

Library patrons are encouraged to visit one of the other branches located throughout Horry County. Locations, hours, and COVID-19 limitations can be found on the Horry County Memeorial Library System's website



Horry County Emergency Operations Center Closes; County Returns to OPCON 3

As of 2 a.m. on August 4, 2020, the Horry County Emergency Operations Center will close following Hurricane Isaias and the county will return to OPCON 3, normal daily operations. The emergency phone bank will close at 2 a.m. today as well. 

Horry County Government offices will resume normal operations at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, August 4, 2020. 

Horry County operates on three OPCON levels: 

OPCON THREE- Normal Daily Operations

Agencies plan, train, coordinate and exercise as needed. Incidents are monitored by the county warning point and county emergency management. 

OPCON TWO - Enhanced Awareness

A disaster or emergency is likely to affect the county. Emergency operations plans are implemented. The County Emergency Operations Center is partially activated if necessary. 

OPCON ONE - Full Alert 

A disaster or emergency is imminent or occurring. The County Emergency Operations Center is fully activated. Emergency response personnel are activated. 

 



Horry County Council Declares Local State of Emergency; County Moves to OPCON 2 Ahead of Hurricane Isaias

Horry County Council has declared a localized state of emergency to adopt emergency ordinances to meet public emergencies affecting life, health, safety or the property of the people in our area. The declaration will remain in effect for sixty (60) days unless sooner terminated by resolution by County Council. 

Click here to review the ordinance.

In conjunction, the Horry County Emergency Management Department has moved to OPCON 2 (Level 2 Operation Condition) meaning the county is now operating in a heightened state of awareness with emergency plans beginning to be implemented. County officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, coastal communities including local municipalities, and will continue to monitor the situation closely. 

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is not currently activated, however, Horry County Emergency Management will continue to keep the public aware of changes in the forecast and appropriate action will be taken as necessary. Should the Emergency Operations Center activate, the Emergency Phone Bank will also activate at that time.

In anticipation of possible effects on Horry County from the tropical system, Horry Emergency Management wants to remind all citizens that waiting for a watch or warning is waiting too long! Begin preparation now by:

  • Surveying your property to mitigate potential flooding, such as making sure storm drains and gutters are clear of debris. 
  • Having family hurricane plans in place.
  • Ensuring family emergency/hurricane kits are ready; including items like water, batteries, flashlights, etc. 
  • Continually monitoring reputable weather information sources such as local media or the National Hurricane Center for the most up to date hurricane information.
  • Keeping vehicles fueled up and serviced. 
  • Being sure that you Know Your Zone! Go to Horry County’s website at http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/EmergencyManagement/Hurricanes/KnowYourZone to find your zone.
  • Knowing where you will evacuate if asked to.
  • Making plans for pets.

Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s website at www.horrycounty.org.

Horry County Emergency Management Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/horrycountyemergencymanagementdepartment

Horry County Emergency Management Twitter: https://twitter.com/HorryEMD

 



Upcoming Meetings for August 3-7, 2020

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

 

Imagine 2040 Steering Committee

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 2 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Planning Commission

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Please Note: The T. Craig Campbell boat landing located in North Myrtle Beach will be closed starting Monday, August 3, 2020, for asphalt repair. The landing is expected to remain closed for five (5) days, weather permitting. Boaters are urged to visit one of the other landings located throughout Horry County. A listing of all of the landings and their locations can be found here.

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Juror selection will resume for the term beginning the week of August 10, 2020, with precautions in place.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court is open as well as is the Central Jury Court. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.

Preliminary hearings have been canceled until further notice.

 



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