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Hurricane Matthew Update for October 9 @ 3 p.m.

Date: October 9, 2016

Time: 3 p.m.

Hurricane Matthew Update:

  • All Horry County Government offices and courts will remain closed Monday, October 10, 2016.  All essential personnel will continue to report for duty.  Circuit Court jurors for this week have been excused as have the jurors for the Myrtle Beach Civil Term of Court.  
  • As numbers of people in shelters have diminished (971 as of 6 p.m. last night to just 468 as of noon this afternoon), the seven area shelters are being consolidated.  In addition, Beach Church located at 557 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach will open at 4 p.m. to serve as a shelter for potential river flooding residents.
  • All Horry County Solid Waste Authority offices and recycling centers will be closed today.  Those that are safely able to open will do so during their normal hours tomorrow. Residents of unincorporated Horry County should utilize the recycling center closest to them to dispose of storm debris.  If your yard/tree debris is larger than six inches in diameter and four feet in length, you must bring the debris to the landfill located at 1886 Highway 90.  If you live within the limits of an incorporated municipality, you should contact municipal officials regarding their debris cleanup procedures.
  • 163+ roads closed and/or impassable
  • Properties along the Waccamaw River & Intracoastal Waterway are asked to monitor river levels closely as they are rising fast.  The rivers are currently at major flood stage and could continue to rise.  Flooding will be similar to the October 2015 floods.  Residents in these areas should prepare now if they plan on evacuating their property. For information or assistance, citizens in the City of Conway can call 843-488-7664 and Horry County residents should call 843-915-5150.
  • The curfew for unincorporated Horry County remains in effect from this evening at 6 p.m. until tomorrow morning (October 10) at 6 a.m.

 Horry County Emergency Management can be reached at 843-915-5150 and can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

 



Hurricane Matthew Relief

Area Recovery Cooperative, Inc.

Media Contact:

Keith Pierce, APR

ARC Publicity Committee

O: (843) 916-7235; C (843) 582-4778

Keith.Pierce@VisitMyrtleBeach.com

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – The Myrtle Beach area, known to millions as a fun, family-beach and golf destination, was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. While the damage is still being assessed, relief is underway for both coastal and inland residents of Horry County impacted by this severe storm. A disaster recovery fund, initiated by the Area Recovery Cooperative, Inc. (ARC), is now accepting donations. The funds collected for the “Help The Grand Strand” disaster recovery fund will be used for human services that are currently unmet, enabling the residents of the entire Myrtle Beach area to recover as quickly as possible. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

1.       Mail a check
Make your check payable to Waccamaw Community Foundation.  In the memo line of your check, specify Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund.

Mail to: 

Waccamaw Community Foundation

3655 S. Highway 17 Business

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Pay by phone
Call 1-800-356-3016.  Beginning 9 a.m. Monday, October 10, 2016, operators will be happy to assist you in processing a credit card payment.
 

2.       Pay Online
Click here to process your payment online. Please specify Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund.

Your generous donation offers assistance to local citizens in the Myrtle Beach area impacted by the hurricane. The fund also helps ensure the swift and efficient economic recovery of the Myrtle Beach area that you and millions of visitors come to enjoy year after year.

About the Area Recovery Cooperative

The ARC was established after Hurricane Hugo in 1989 to allow individuals and businesses to help those in need. Recognizing the need to initiate recovery efforts in the local community, the ARC opened the disaster recovery fund. The fund is administered by the Waccamaw Community Foundation, (WCF), an organization established in 1999 to assist with charitable donations. The WCF is affiliated with the Coastal Communities Foundation. Money raised does not go directly to individuals, but to local nonprofit agencies providing specific human relief needs for local citizens..

 

 



Hurricane Matthew Update for October 8, 2016 @ 12 p.m.

 Date: October 9, 2016

Time: 12 p.m.

Hurricane Matthew Update:

  • Properties along the Waccamaw River & Intracoastal Waterway are asked to monitor river levels closely as they are rising fast.  The rivers are currently at major flood stage and could continue to rise.  Flooding will be similar to the October 2015 floods.  Residents in these areas should prepare now if they plan on evacuating their property. For information or assistance, citizens in the City of Conway can call 843-488-7664 and Horry County residents should call 843-915-5150.
  • All Horry County Solid Waste Authority offices and recycling centers will be closed today.  Those that are safely able to open will do so during their normal hours tomorrow.
  • The curfew for unincorporated Horry County remains in effect from this evening at 6 p.m. until tomorrow morning (October 10) at 6 a.m.
  • The Horry County Emergency Operations Center Phone Bank is functioning as normal.
  • The Horry County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for this week has been postponed until October 17 and the Board of Registration & Elections meeting has been cancelled.
  • All Horry County Circuit Court jurors for the week of October 10, 2016, are excused.
  • Horry County damage assessment teams began at 8 a.m. this morning.
  • The Governor is the only one who can rescind evacuation orders and has not yet done so.
  • As of 12 p.m. this morning there are 468 in area shelters.
  • 123+ roads closed and/or impassable.
  • Travelers should check with their airlines for current flight status.
  • There continues to be widespread power outages throughout Horry County.  Utility crews are working to restore power as quickly as is safely possible.  It is estimated that it will take several days to fully restore electrical services throughout the county.
  • There are still widespread reports of downed powerlines and trees.  Horry County officials are strongly encouraging people to stay off the roads.
  • Due to widespread flooding, citizens are reminded to NEVER drive around barricades/barrels/road closed signs, and to NEVER drive through standing water.  
  • Citizens are encouraged to only call 911 for life safety emergencies.

 Horry County Emergency Management can be reached at 843-915-5150 and can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.



Hurricane Matthew Update As of October 9, 2016 @ 8 a.m.

Date: October 9, 2016
Time: 8 a.m.
 

  • Horry County damage assessment teams began at 8 a.m. this morning.
  • The Horry County Emergency Operations Center Phone Bank lines are temporarily down and should be operational shortly.
  • The Governor is the only one who can rescind evacuation orders and has not yet done so.
  • 131+ roads closed and/or impassable.
  • Travelers should check with their airlines for current flight status.
  • There continues to be widespread power outages throughout Horry County.  Utility crews are working to restore power as quickly as is safely possible.  It is estimated that it will take several days to fully restore electrical services throughout the county.
  • There are still widespread reports of downed powerlines and trees.  Horry County officials are strongly encouraging people to stay off the roads.
  • Due to widespread flooding, citizens are reminded to NEVER drive around barricades/barrels/road closed signs, and to NEVER drive through standing water.  
  • Citizens are encouraged to only call 911 for life safety emergencies.

 Horry County Emergency Management can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.



CRITICAL PUBLIC SAFETY PLEA

With the last burst of strong winds passing through our area, Horry County has experienced MAJOR county-wide power outages…Santee Cooper currently has over 40% of their customers without power and Horry Electric Cooperative has 90% without power. It is estimated that it will take several days to fully restore electrical services throughout the county.

In addition, Horry County has major thoroughfares that are impassable due to flooding and/or numerous downed trees including:

  • Hwy 501
  • Hwy 378
  • Hwy 90
  • Hwy 905
  • Hwy 9
  • Hwy 701

With over one hundred roads impassable throughout the county, public safety officials are pleading with the public to STAY OFF THE ROADS!!!  For the safety of our citizens and our public safety personnel, Horry County has instituted a curfew (for the unincorporated areas of the county) from 6 p.m. this evening until 6 a.m. Sunday morning and again Sunday, October 9 from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. (Monday morning).

  • When you see downed lines, stay away from them and report them to your utility provider.
  • Lines do not have to be sparking to be live.  
  • Any utility wire, including phone or cable lines, sagging or down, could be in contact with an energized power line making them very dangerous.
  • Tree limbs or debris can hid an electrical hazard.  
  • Down power lines can energize items such as chain link fences and metal culverts.
  • Avoid walking around at night when you will not be able to see downed lines.

To report a downed line or power outage:

Santee Cooper

1-888-769-7688

Will need name on the account, location of the downed line/outage and a phone number.

Horry Electric

843-369-2212

Will need name on the account, location of the downed line/outage and a phone number.

***For both Santee Cooper & Horry Electric, the phone lines will be very busy.  Callers should be patient and keep trying to get through.



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