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Damage Assessment Begins This Week

County officials are assessing the damage to both residential and commercial structures to determine the impact of recent flooding in our area. This evaluation plays a critical role in acquiring state and federal financial assistance to assist the region’s disaster recovery efforts.

To ensure planning efforts are based on comprehensive data regarding storm and flood impacts, Horry County officials are requesting that citizens report their property damage information from the current flood event.

The Property Damage Self-Reporting Tool, located at https://www.horrycounty.org/, allows owners and renters to inform the County of the location, owner, extent of damage, and status of the affected property. The data and photos reported through this website will help the county to assess the comprehensive impact of recent flooding, and to determine the best long-term recovery strategies for affected communities.

In addition, community members should be aware that additional County crews including damage assessment teams will be in affected areas this week.



Time Remains to Notify Horry County Assessor's Office of Flood Damage

Conway, South Carolina (December 5, 2019)—Horry County Assessor's Office reminds residents that had not repaired their homes of flood or storm damage as of December 31, 2018, can still report that damage. Residents have until January 15, 2020, to do so.

To report damage, residents can go to the Assessor's Office page on www.horrycounty.org and fill out the 2019 Real Property Appeal Form, checking the box for storm damage.

Residents with questions are encouraged to call the Horry County Assessor's Office at (843)-915-5040.



Citizen Input Requested Regarding Flood Resilience Plan

Horry County is developing a plan to help address riverine flooding impacts from tropical systems, such as Hurricane Florence. As part of this planning process, the public is being asked to participate in public meetings that are scheduled for the week of October 21.

Assisting the County in preparing this plan is a team of consultants with specific expertise in building coastal resilience to extreme weather events. This consultant team is led by Tom Jost of Sherwood Design Engineers. Three other consulting groups are also part of the project team. These include ONE Architecture, Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, and CASE Consultants International. Information about each firm, including a link to each firm’s webpage, follows.

Sherwood Design Engineers is a civil engineering firm committed to the integration of infrastructure, design, and the environment, with a particular focus on implementing resilient coastlines. Sherwood has offices in New York, California, Texas, and Georgia.

ONE Architecture is a design and planning firm with offices in Amsterdam and New York which is known for its unique approach in which financial, technical, and organizational issues are addressed and resolved through design.

The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University takes a worldwide view of modern coastal processes and geologic hazards, examines the scientific basis for managing developed shorelines in a time of rising sea level and advocates for the development and implementation of responsible strategies, plans, policies and actions that promote the long-term sustainability of our nation’s coastal ecosystems.

CASE Consultants International applies Climate Arts and Sciences Expertise to inform real-world decisions in climate adaptation, sustainability, and resilience. Based in Asheville, NC, CASE connects science to solutions. 

According to Courtney Frappaolo, Horry County’s Director of Community Development, "The consultant team will bring a great deal of expertise in environmental engineering, resilient architectural and urban design, and community planning to the problems that Horry County faces from hurricanes and tropical storms. Scientific evidence shows that these big storms are producing more rain than ever and are moving more slowly across land and water, creating more flooding and, consequently, more property damage. We are taking action now to help our community minimize the effects of future storms.”

During the week of October 21, there will be three public engagement sessions in three different locations around the County. Each session will take place from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.The meeting dates and locations are provided below:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Socastee High School, 4900 Socastee Blvd, Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

North Strand Recreation Center, 120 State Hwy 57 S, Little River

Thursday, October 24, 2019

James R. Frazier Community Center, 1370 Bucksport Rd, Bucksport

Consultant team leader, Tom Jost says, “We hope that all interested parties will be able to attend one or more of these meetings. While our team has extensive experience, we know that the real expertise lies in the experiences of Horry County citizens. Over the past four years, major flooding has occurred from hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Florence. We want to hear how these storms have affected your homes and businesses, as well as what ideas you may have for addressing these impacts. If you cannot attend, we will make survey forms available for you at the Horry County website so that your comments and ideas can be considered.”



Horry County Announces Date for Final Stage of Debris Removal-Residents Reminded to Place Flood-Damaged Debris in the County Right-of-Way

Conway, SC (November 16, 2018)— In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Horry County Government is entering the final stage of debris removal operations in flood-damaged areas of the county.  The County’s contracted crews have completed several passes through communities where property owners have placed their flood-damaged debris within the public right-of-way, and they are now set to begin their final pass to clean up any remaining debris in these same communities.

The County has established a final debris set-out date of Monday, November 26th, 2018.  Residents that live on a county-maintained road and still have flood-damaged debris need to bring it to the county’s right-of-way by 11/26.  Any debris that is placed in the right-of-way in front of residents’ homes after 11/26 may not be picked up by the county’s contractors because they will be making a single “final pass” through all flood-damaged communities.

As a reminder, Horry County is only picking up flood-damaged debris along county roads in the unincorporated areas of the county that have been impacted by flooding.  Horry County is not collecting regular household trash or vegetative debris (tree branches, brush, etc) as part of this effort even if it is placed in the county right-of-way prior to 11/26. 

Likewise, any debris that is placed outside the county’s right-of-way will not be collected during the contractor’s final pass.  The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement, approximately 10’ to 12’ from the edge of the pavement.

A map of the impacted areas that are being serviced during the final pass for debris pick up, searchable by address, is located at horrycounty.org. 

The Horry County debris hotline remains open for residents in the unincorporated areas impacted by this event. Residents with questions about debris pickup can call 843-915-7777. The debris hotline will remain open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until debris removal operations are complete.  The hotline will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23, but callers will be able to leave a message. 

The County’s curbside debris program will only remove flood-damaged construction and demolition debris, flood-damaged appliances, and white goods, flood-damaged electronics, and household hazardous waste. Regular household trash and vegetative debris will not be collected.

Please visit horrycounty.org for additional information on separating debris and updates on the debris removal process.

 



Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Update

Conway, SC (November 9, 2018)—Horry County Government is continuing to assist with the recovery effort following Hurricane Florence.

The mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Unit continues to operate in Horry County. The DRC is staffed by members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Small Business Association (SBA) and open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Here is a list of centers operating in Horry County:

  • Bucksport, James R. Frazier Community Center, open through November 10, 2018
  • Little River, North Strand Recreation Center, open November 13 through November 15, 2018
  • Socastee, South Strand Recreation Center, open November 16, 17, 19, and 20, 2018.

It is not too late to apply for assistance. The deadline to register for aid through FEMA – for uninsured or underinsured damage or losses due to Hurricane Florence – has been extended to 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018Horry County encourages anyone who needs disaster recovery assistance to visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply. Survivors can also call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM local time seven days a week until further notice, or go online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

For more information on recovery resources following Hurricane Florence, visit our website.



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