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Horry County goes to OPCON 3 and temporarily suspends Emergency Operations Center

Horry County has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 3 due to flooding issues regarding Hurricane Joaquin. OPCON 3 means that the storm continues to pose a significant threat to Horry County. Horry County has temporarily suspended the Emergency Operations Center at midnight, but could reopen throughout the weekend as needed.

Due to flooding issues in the Little River/North Myrtle Beach area, numerous residents have been evacuated from their homes and a shelter opened at 10 p.m. this evening at the First Baptist Church North Myrtle Beach, located at 200 Highway 17 South. 

The biggest threats to our area continue to be flash floods and dangerous maritime conditions. All low lying areas, areas prone to flooding, and communities along the Waccamaw River should use extra caution and prepare for potential flooding. An increasing easterly swell and easterly winds will combine with heavy rain to enhance coastal flooding potential. The combination of increasing wave action and water runoff may lead to beach erosion and rip currents will also become elevated beginning this afternoon.

Citizens are highly encouraged to stay off the roads throughout the night. The dangers of driving at night poses a higher risk as the hazards become harder to recognize. Please drive with extreme caution!

Citizens should stay tuned to local media for updates throughout the weekend.  It is also a good time to review family emergency plans, including items that may be needed such as water, batteries, flashlights, etch.  Additional flooding information can be found on Horry County’s official website at http://www.horrycounty.org or to review FEMA flood maps at http://www.horrycounty.org/OnlineServices/FEMAFloodMaps.

Flood Safety Tips

During a flood, water levels and the rate the water is flowing can quickly change. Remain aware and monitor your local media outlets. Avoid flood waters at all costs!

Stay Informed
Monitor local your local media outlets (including NOAA Weather Radio), internet, and social media for information and updates.

Get to Higher Ground
Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground. Move personal belongings that may flood.

Obey Warning and Road Closure Signs
Do not drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn around! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards (i.e. ditches, sharp objects and debris, washed out roads, electrical wires, etc.). A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve-inches of water can float a car or small SUV and 18-inches of water can carry away large vehicles.

Drive with Caution
Flooding will make driving difficult as run-off collects across intersection and low spots. In addition, some small creeks and ditches may quickly get out of their banks and sill across the roadway. The dangers of driving at night poses a higher risk as the hazards become harder to recognize. Please drive with extreme caution!

Avoid Flood Waters
Do not walk through flood waters. It only takes six-inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. Watch out for your pets and bring them inside. 

Practice Electrical Safety
Don’t go into any room if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises – get out! 



Horry County Closes Emergency Operations Center

January 29, 2014
Update: 9:00 a.m.

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County has closed the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and will remain at Operating Condition Level 3 (OPCON 3) as Horry County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation over the next 24 hours. Once Horry County offices open at noon today, Horry County will move to Operating Condition Level 5 (OPCON 5), which puts Horry County on normal operating conditions. 

 

Horry County Public Works will continue to address road issues on county-maintained roads as needed. However, motorists are encouraged to stay off of the roads if at all possible and use extreme caution if travel is necessary.

In addition, all Horry County Parks & Recreation activities and centers are closed today, January 29, 2014 as well as Family & Clerk of Court and the Horry County Treasurer's Offices.




Horry County Moves to OPCON 3

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 3 (OPCON 3) in preparation of wintry weather over the next couple of days. OPCON 3 level means an emergency situation is likely or imminent. In preparation of the winter storm, Horry County Emergency Management will open the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on a partial basis beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, until further notice. Emergency Support Functions that will report to the EOC are transportation, public works, fire/rescue, procurement, mass care, law enforcement, communications, airport and utilities. Once the EOC opens, Horry County will move to Operating Condition Level 1 (OPCON 1). OPCON 1 level means an emergency situation is in effect.

Also, all Horry County offices and facilities will be closed on Tuesday, January 28, except essential personnel who should report to duty as directed.  Other county cancellations for Tuesday, January 28, include:

  • All Horry County public meetings scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, are cancelled, which includes the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee meeting.
  • The scheduled vaccination clinic for tomorrow at the Horry County Animal Care Center has been cancelled.
  • All family, circuit, magistrate, and magistrate jury courts will be cancelled for Tuesday, January 28.

 

Horry County will begin to experience a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet beginning at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, with conditions deteriorating throughout the day and evening to include sustained winds of 20 MPH. Snow may begin around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, and last throughout the day on Wednesday, January 29. Western parts of Horry County could see 2-4 inches of sleet/snow and ice levels on local roads could reach 1/3 to ½ inch throughout the winter storm event, which could create dangerous driving conditions and potential power outages from knocked down tree limbs.

 

Horry County Public Works will begin treating heavily travelled, county-maintained roads and bridges with sand as needed and will be prepared to remove any debris that may fall in the roadways.

 

Horry County Emergency Management urges everyone to continue proper precautions such as:

·         Citizens unaccustomed to dealing with life-threatening aspects of severe cold should remember to keep exposure to cold weather to a minimum. Frostbite is harmful and painful. Hypothermia, or low body temperature, can be lethal, and it is particularly hard on infants and the elderly. When the weather turns cold, don't go outdoors unless you have to. If you must go out, dress in layers and cover your ears, head and hands. Remember, high wind speeds dramatically increase the effects of cold temperatures by increasing the "wind chill factor."

·         Stock up on heating fuel and prepare emergency heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters. (WARNING: Never burn charcoal briquettes indoors.)

·         Remember the usual emergency supplies: a flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra non-perishable food and water, extra medicines and baby items, and first-aid supplies.

·         Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes that lack heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measure to insulate them from the cold.

·         Prepare a place indoors for pets. Move farm animals to shelters and have extra feed and water available.

·         Be aware of possible carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire if using alternative sources for electricity, heating or cooking.

·         Residents are encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and cold temperatures. 

·         Use caution when traveling on roads. 

 

For more information on winter weather safety tips for your family and pets, please log onto the American Red Cross website at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm


Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of wintry weather over the next couple of days. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, local municipalities, and will continue to monitor the storm closely. Horry County is reviewing all operational plans and will keep everyone aware of any changes in the forecast and will take appropriate action when necessary.

 

Horry County Emergency Management Division urges everyone to continue proper precautions such as:

 

·         Citizens unaccustomed to dealing with life-threatening aspects of severe cold should remember to keep exposure to cold weather to a minimum. Frostbite is harmful and painful. Hypothermia, or low body temperature, can be lethal, and it is particularly hard on infants and the elderly. When the weather turns cold, don't go outdoors unless you have to. If you must go out, dress in layers and cover your ears, head and hands. Remember, high wind speeds dramatically increase the effects of cold temperatures by increasing the "wind chill factor."

·         Stock up on heating fuel and prepare emergency heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters. (WARNING: Never burn charcoal briquettes indoors.)

·         Remember the usual emergency supplies: a flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra non-perishable food and water, extra medicines and baby items, and first-aid supplies.

·         Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes that lack heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measure to insulate them from the cold.

·         Prepare a place indoors for pets. Move farm animals to shelters and have extra feed and water available.

·         Be aware of possible carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire if using alternative sources for electricity, heating or cooking.

·         Residents are encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and cold temperatures. 

·         Use caution when traveling on roads.  

 

 

For more information on winter weather safety tips for your family and pets, please log onto the American Red Cross website at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm.


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