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Horry County to Begin Debris Removal in Flooded Areas


Conway, South Carolina (October 4, 2018) – Horry County is beginning its recovery process in the wake of Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding. As a part of this process, the County has activated its debris management plan. The County’s contracted crews will begin on Monday in the flooded areas from the State Line to Highway 9 including the Aberdeen area, and then they will move south of Highway 9 to cover Polo Farms, Tallwood Drive, and the Starbluff Area. The crews will continue, making several passes, working their way from the north end of the County to the south end, following the receding water.

Horry County will only be picking up storm debris along county roads in the unincorporated areas of the county impacted by flooding. Residents along these county-maintained roads are asked to place storm-generated debris on the public right-of-way as soon as they are able, as trucks will begin debris removal operations on Monday, October 8, 2018. 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.

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. Bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way, only loose debris will be collected. The contractor will make several passes and will collect debris in phases. A single residence may need multiple passes to remove all the types of debris.

Horry County reminds residents on county-maintained roads in flood-impacted areas:   

  • Do not place debris near water meter vaults, fire hydrants or any other above-ground utilities.
  • Items will only be removed if they are in the road right-of-way. The contractors will not approach or enter your home to remove debris.
  • Check with your insurance provider and take pictures of the debris to be removed if required.
  • Help maintain neighborhood access for large trucks and be mindful of additional truck traffic in impacted neighborhoods.
  • Private contractors who are paid to dispose of debris should take it to the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s landfill located at 1886 Highway 90 in Conway.
  • Residents can report suspicious activity in the neighborhood by calling the Horry County Police Department non-emergency dispatch line at 843-248-1520.

Please visit for additional information and updates on the debris removal process. To assist citizens, Horry County will create a Debris Removal Hotline (more information to follow at a later date).

Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County will move to Operating Condition (OPCON) 4 as of 4 p.m. this afternoon. OPCON 4 means that flooding still poses a threat to Horry County, however, the area rivers and waterways continue to recede and the situation is becoming more stabilized. Horry County Emergency Management is transitioning into recovery efforts to assist those in our community who currently have immediate and future needs.


The Horry County Emergency Operations Center and the Phone Bank will close as of 5 p.m. today. Citizens may still call Horry County Emergency Management at (843) 915-5150 during normal business hours.


Residents affected by Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding can apply to FEMA for assistance by visiting Alternatively, citizens may call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. Individuals with a speech disability or hearing loss may use TTY by calling 1-800-462-7585. Individuals utilizing a 711 or video relay service (VRS) may call 1-800-621-3362. The FEMA National Processing Service Center is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.


Additional flooding information can be found on Horry County’s official website and on Horry County Emergency Management's Facebook page and Twitter feed

Florence Flood Shelters for September 27, 2018

These shelters are currently open for flood evacuees:

Loris United Methodist Church, 3507 Broad Street, Loris

Conway Recreation Center, 1515 Mill Pond Road, Conway

Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach.

Mosquito Spraying for September 24-25, 2018

Conway, South Carolina-Horry County Stormwater will be conducting ground spraying (from trucks) weather permitting in the following areas:

  • September 24, 2018-northern portion of the County (evening)
  • September 25, 2018-Carolina Forest area (morning) 

Morning and evening truck spraying will continue at various locations throughout the County.

In addition, aerial spraying later in the week is anticipated. Locations and timing are to be determined. 

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. 

To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies.  In addition, citizens who need to request spraying in their area can contact the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000.

Flood Shelters For September 22, 2018




Whittemore Park Middle School

1808 Rhue Street

Conway, SC 29527


Loris Elementary School

901 SC-9 Business

Loris, SC 29569


Horry Georgetown Tech-Grand Strand Campus

770 Swallow Ave, Bldg 100

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577


Horry Georgetown Tech-Conway Campus – Special Needs

Anyone needing space in the SMNS should contact our triage line at 1-800-578-2031


City of Conway Parks and Recreation

1515 Mill Pond Rd

Conway, SC 29527


Ocean Drive Elementary School

901 11th Ave N.

North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582


North Myrtle Beach High School

3750 Sea Mountain Hwy

Little River, SC 29566


Conway High School

2301 Church St

Conway, SC 29526


Palmetto Bay Elementary School

8900 SC-544

Myrtle Beach, SC 29588


Aynor Middle School

400 Frye Rd

Galivants Ferry, SC 29544