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Hurricane Matthew Update: Horry County Vegetative Debris Removal Continues

Conway, South Carolina – As of October 24, Horry County has collected over 33,391 cubic yards of vegetative debris from county maintained roads. Horry County plans to make two complete passes throughout the county picking up vegetative debris, with the anticipation of completing the first pass by November 15.

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 began in Zone 4, the south strand portion of the county (including Socastee/Forestbrook) and will be reassigned 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 finishing collecting debris in Zone 4 in the southern portion of the county and at the county’s recycling centers, and have started transitioning assets into Zone 5.  

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 dispose at no charge.  Information on those locations can be found on the Horry County Solid Waste Authority's website

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.



Socastee Community Assistance Day


SOCASTEE COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE DAY
Residential Resource Forum for all Horry County Residents Impacted by 
Hurricane Matthew and the Subsequent Flooding
 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27th 12:00 Noon - 7:00pm
Socastee Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall) ∙ 3690 Socastee Blvd ∙ Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
 
As our community begins to recover from the effects of Hurricane Matthew we want to make sure that our constituents have access to all the disaster relief resources they need. THIS THURSDAY, October 27th several government agencies and organizations from around our community will be at Socastee Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall) to assist those impacted by recent weather events.

This forum will provide a one-stop location of available disaster relief assistance. 
Hosted by: Heather Ammons Crawford, Cam Crawford, Mark Lazarus & Russell Fry 
 
PARTICIPANTS: 
(The following participants have been confirmed at the time of printing. 
Other entities will likely be added as we continue working through the planning process.)
 
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Will be onsite to answer questions and assist with registration for FEMA assistance.
 
Small Business Administration
Will be onsite to answer questions regarding the SBA and resources they can provide.
 
United States Senator Lindsey Graham's Office
Will be onsite to answer questions and assist with navigating federal assistance programs.
 
SC Department of Insurance
Will be onsite to answer insurance related questions.
 
SC Department of Employment and Workforce
Will be onsite to answer questions regarding possible temporary unemployment benefits due to the disaster.
 
SC Department of Social Services 
Will be onsite to assist with possible replacement SNAP benefits and answer questions.
 
SC Department of Health & Human Services
Will be onsite to assist with possible Medicaid eligibility and answer questions.
 
SC Department of Health & Environmental Control
Will be onsite to answer questions regarding tetanus shots, well water testing, and all other pertinent questions.
 
Waccamaw Mental Health
The Salvation Army
The American Red Cross
Your Sister's Closet
South Strand Helping Hand
Help4Kids / Backpack Buddies of Horry County
 
We will provide food for attendees from 12:00 Noon - 2:00pm 
& again from 5:00pm - 7:00pm courtesy of AJ's Pizza of Myrtle Beach.
 
Coffee & donuts will also be available throughout the day.
 
Contact Heather Ammons Crawford by email or Cam Crawford at 843-504-0905 with questions.
 



Horry County Remains at OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County remains at Operating Condition (OPCON) level 4, which means that flooding still poses a threat to Horry County.  Area rivers and waterways continue to recede and Horry County Emergency Management is transitioning into recovery efforts to assist those who have immediate and future needs. 

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is operational Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Horry County Emergency Management (843-915-5150) is available during normal working hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) for questions, concerns, needs etc...  The Horry County Police and Sheriff’s Office continue to staff 24-hour security checkpoints and provide boat patrols along the flooded areas.
 
The shelter located at the James R. Frazier Community Center in Bucksport remains open with 23 registered evacuees and the shelter at the Church of Christ Grand Strand is on standby if needed. 
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Horry County for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Assistance may 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. Survivors are encouraged to 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 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
 
Additional flooding information can be found on Horry County’s official website.
 
 



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.

 

 

 



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