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FEMA Approves Horry County for Individual Assistance

Conway, S.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved four additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Clarendon, Calhoun, Horry and Marlboro.

Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster. 

Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance.

Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

Three counties were also approved for categories A and B of Public Assistance to help them recover from the storm: Clarendon, Calhoun, and Marlboro. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response and debris removal.

The FEMA Public Assistance program categories are as follows: 

Category A: Debris Removal.

Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.

Category C: Roads and Bridges.  

Category D: Water Control Facilities.

Category E: Buildings and Equipment.

Category F: Utilities.

Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.

The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent and the state or local governments pay the remaining 25 percent whereas eligible private non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent. More information about this program can be found here.
 
Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties were previously designated for all categories of Public Assistance and Charleston and Darlington Counties were previously approved for categories A and B of Public Assistance. 



Hurricane Matthew Update: Horry County Vegetative Debris Removal Update

Conway, South Carolina – As of October 18, Horry County has collected over 6,720 cubic yards of vegetative debris from county maintained roads. In addition to the total yards collected by the debris removal contractor, county hauling contractors for the 24 recycling centers and individuals have hauled an additional 7,100 cubic yards of vegetative debris to the Horry County Landfill for a total of 13,800 cubic yards collected to-date.

Horry County’s Debris Management Plan divides the county into five (5) debris management zones.  Debris trucks will complete a sweep of the unincorporated county by removing debris in the public right-of-way on county maintained roads only.  To determine if a road is maintained by Horry County, visit our website and click on the Hurricane Matthew Road Cleanup Map link in the Hurricane Matthew Information box.

The debris trucks will begin in Zone 4, the south strand portion of the county (including Socastee/Forestbrook) and reassign debris trucks in a counter-clockwise motion moving to Zone 5 from Highway 501 to the north strand (including Carolina Forest and along Highway 90), Zone 1 in the east-central (including properties from Highway 905 to Highway 701), Zone 2 in the northern part of the county (including Green Sea and Loris), and Zone 3 in the western portion of the county (including Bucksport, Pee Dee Highway and Highway 501).  Currently, trucks are collecting debris in Zone 4 in the southern portion of the county and at the county’s recycling centers. 

The county continues to ask residents to be proactive in their recovery and move vegetative debris in the right-of-way so it can quickly be collected over the coming weeks.  The county understands that some homes are inaccessible due to flood conditions and will target those areas for woody debris pickup once residents can return home.

For those Hurricane Matthew survivors impacted by the flood and have bulky disaster debris such as carpet, sofas, mattresses and other large items in their home damaged by the storm, please take your debris to the county’s recycling centers in your area or the landfill.  Residents who haul debris themselves will be allowed to dump at no charge.  Information on those locations can be found at www.solidwasteauthority.org

Horry County has also set-up a debris management hotline at (843) 340-9536.  It is available daily to provide information to residents who have questions or concerns about debris management operations.  The hotline is staffed by Horry County representatives from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Please continue to check the Horry County website for additional information and updates on the debris removal process.

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Hurricane Matthew Update: Horry County Moves to OPCON 3

October 17, 2016    

10:00 a.m.

HORRY COUNTY MOVES TO OPCON 3

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 3 due to flooding issues regarding Hurricane Matthew. OPCON 3 means that the flooding continues to pose a serious threat to Horry County.  

Additional flooding information:

  • The Horry County Emergency Operations Center remains activated 24 hours a day.
  • As of Monday morning, the Waccamaw River was at 17.78 feet, just shy of the old record of 17.8 feet set after a hurricane in 1928 and higher than the levels reached after Hurricane Floyd in 1999.  Also, the Waccamaw River reached a crest of 16.2 feet in the October 2015 flood.  According the latest information from National Weather Service, the Waccamaw River is expected to crest at 17.9 late this evening or early Tuesday morning.
  • Water levels continue to rise in Bucksport and along the Intracoastal Waterway in Socastee. Families continue to evacuate those areas.
  • In addition to flood security checkpoints throughout the county, barricades have been also been placed in the following areas in Socastee:
    • Folly Road (flooded to Hwy 823)
    • River Road (flooded to the COPE station)
    • Star Creek Road (to 1037-1033)
    • Smith Boulevard (to Earl Street)
    • Rosewood Drive (to Cottonwood)
    • Luttie Road (to Smith Boulevard)
  • As of yesterday, there were 57 at the shelter located at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church located at 2105 US 501 in Conway.  An additional shelter has also been opened at the Church of Christ on Glenn’s Bay Road.
  • Highway 701/Main Street is closed between Chicora & Millpond Road.

Substantial amounts of debris continue to arrive at many of the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s convenience centers following Hurricane Matthew.  The county is aware that residents may experience long waits at the convenience centers due to the extremely high volume of loads going into the sites. 

Horry County is encouraging residents who live along county maintained roads to place their tree/yard debris at the right-of-way as an alternative to self-hauling.  Crews have been mobilized and are currently picking debris off of the right-of-way in neighborhoods. 

Horry County has also set-up a debris management hotline at (843) 340-9536, which is available daily to provide information about debris management operations.  The hotline is staffed by a Horry County representative from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 



Hurricane Matthew Update: Horry County Moves to OPCON 2

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County will move to Operating Condition (OPCON) 2 at 5 p.m. this afternoon due to continuing flooding issues. OPCON 2 means that the flooding continues to pose a serious threat to Horry County.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center remains activated 24 hours a day.  Horry County Police and the South Carolina National Guard continue to staff security checkpoints along the Waccamaw River, Pee Dee River and the Intracoastal Waterway (near Socastee) around the clock.  In addition, The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Horry County Police will continue to provide boat patrols along those waterways.

Additional flooding information…The Beach Church shelter closed as of 3 p.m. this afternoon.  Evacuees are currently in the shelter opened at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church located at 2105 US 501 in Conway.  Residents with questions can contact Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150.

 

 

 



Hurricane Matthew Update: Horry County Debris Removal Process

Date: October 14, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Update: HORRY COUNTY DEBRIS REMOVAL PROCESS

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County will begin curbside removal of tree debris (only) in unincorporated areas of the county.  Although residents of unincorporated Horry County can take vegetative (trees, plants, etc…) storm debris to one of the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s 24 convenience centers; residents are encouraged to take advantage of the curbside pickup.  To determine if a road is maintained by Horry County, visit our website and click on the Hurricane Matthew Road Cleanup Map link in the Hurricane Matthew Information box.

Horry County’s debris management plan is a benefit to residents of unincorporated Horry County only.  Citizens living within incorporated municipalities (such as Conway, Myrtle Beach, Surfside, etc…) should check with their sanitation or public works department for cleanup options.  Contractors and/or businesses will not be permitted to dump at the convenience centers, and Horry County will not pick up debris in front of businesses.  Household garbage and construction debris must be taken to the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s Landfill located at 1886 Highway 90 in Conway.

Curbside tree debris must be loose for the trucks to pick it up. If debris is placed in bags, it will not be collected.  Trees must be cut in lengths no more than 10 to 12 feet and set in the right-of-way, which is the area between the edge of the road pavement or back of the ditch/ power poles or tree line.  Residents should avoid piling debris under overhead utility lines as trucks may not be able to collect the debris.  Also, residents should not pile debris in front of fire hydrants or other utilities.

For additional information and updates on the debris removal process call the Horry County Debris Hotline at 843-340-9536.  It will be staffed from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. daily.  Visit our website for information and updates on the debris removal process.



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