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Tropical Depression Irma Update: Horry County Returns to OPCON 5

Date: 12 September 2017

Time: 8 a.m.

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has returned to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, which is normal operating conditions, as of 8 a.m. this morning. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is not open however Horry Emergency Management is available for questions, concerns, etc.

Beachgoers should heed the advice of lifeguards as the threat of rip currents may continue throughout the next couple of days.

For more information, call Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150 or visit Horry County’s website. Horry County Emergency Management can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter

Hurricane Irma Update: Horry County Continues to Monitor Hurricane Irma

Date: 8 September 2017

Time: 4 p.m.

Conway, South Carolina – Even though Hurricane Irma’s track has shifted, Horry County Government will closely monitor the storm over the weekend and is in continuous conversations with the National Weather Service and state officials. Horry County remains at OPCON 4 which means that Hurricane Irma still poses a potential threat to Horry County. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is NOT open at this time.

With its current track, Horry County can expect to see up to five inches of rain, minor coastal flooding and rough surf with possible rip currents. There is also an elevated chance of tornadoes late Sunday into early Monday morning. Low lying and flood prone areas could be in jeopardy of seeing some level of overflow.

In anticipation of possible effects on Horry County from the tropical system, the National Weather Service has issued warnings of high rip current risk along Horry County’s beaches. This means that the surf is dangerous to all levels of swimmers. All beach goers are urged to heed the advice of lifeguards. Additional safety tips include:

  • Never swim alone.
  • If in doubt, don’t go out!
  • If caught in a rip current, stay calm. Don’t try to swim against the current! You can escape it by swimming in a direction following the shoreline or towards breaking waves, then at an angle towards the beach. 

Additional swimming safety information can be found on the National Weather Service website.

Residents of Horry County should plan to have all hurricane preparation completed by midday Saturday in the event that this tropical system’s track changes. Citizens should stay tuned to local media or the National Hurricane Center for the most up to date hurricane location information.

Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s website

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Horry County Government Weekly Update for September 11-15, 2017

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events and releases for the week of September 11-15, 2017.

Horry County Animal Care Center Vaccination Clinic Cancelled

Conway, South Carolina – The vaccination clinic that Horry County Animal Care Center (HCACC) was to hold, 12 September 2017, has been cancelled due to the potential impacts from Hurricane Irma. Additionally, all the spay/neuter clinic appointments scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017, have been cancelled.

For more information, contact the Horry County Animal Care Center at 843-915-5172

Horry County Seeks Citizen Opinion

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Government is asking residents to participate in The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™). The survey is designed to provide a baseline of how Horry County is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the county and to make comparisons with peer counties/cities.

The county contracted with National Research Center, Inc. to participate in The NCS™, an instrument that was developed in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in 2001 to provide counties/cities with a low-cost, high-quality method to conduct market research.

The survey centers on community livability and includes questions about the quality of life in the community, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services and resident use of services. A random and scientific sample of 3,000 households will receive invitations in the mail in early to mid-September 2017 and their confidential responses will be weighted and analyzed.

The results of this survey will be provided to Horry County Council in a future strategic planning session, hosted by The Riley Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston. The center is assisting Horry County with its strategic planning process.