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Horry County receives approval of one grant needed to fund flood buyout program

Today, the South Carolina Disaster Recover Office SCDRO announced the approval of CDBG-mitigation funding for Horry County that will help buyout properties from flood victims in the Socastee area of Horry County. SCDRO approved $13 million in buyout funding to purchase approximately 60 homes.

In addition, this funding will cover two major mitigation projects in the Bucksport area. This community expressed interest in solutions that would allow them to stay in their homes, and we determined there were some viable projects as a part of the County’s resiliency planning process. Those projects were submitted in this application for funding, and approved.

County Councilmember Cam Crawford said, “I am very encouraged by today’s announcement. I believe this will help provide significant relief to vulnerable members of our community, including the residents of Socastee.”

“We are very thankful that the state is providing Horry County with the funds to complete this critical piece of flood protection for our community,” said Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner. “I also want to thank our local delegation, the Governor, and my fellow county council members for their hard work and advocacy that helped bring us to this moment.”

Horry County submitted an application for the buyout program in December 2020 and has recently learned that a portion of that proposal has been approved through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Program. Horry County has been waiting for this program along with our residents for a number of years and we are prepared to expedite the program as quickly as possible in coordination with the state.

This is a voluntary program that will pay for the cost of purchasing, demolishing, and stabilizing lots for over 60 flood-prone homes along the Intracoastal Waterway in Socastee. Homes outside of the targeted area will apply directly to SCDRO—more information is available on their website at https://florence.scstormrecovery.com/.

Horry County will be hosting a virtual seminar on March 23, 2021 at 3 p.m. to provide an update to affected residents to be followed by several intake meetings in the designated areas. Anyone who filled out the interest form last year will be contacted by the County with their next steps. Even those who did not fill out the interest form last year are eligible to begin the intake process, assuming they meet the criteria.

Director of Community Development Courtney Frappaolo said, “The Community Development Office is working closely with the state to develop a smooth intake process so that we can help residents get through this program as efficiently as possible. We know that these residents have been tremendously patient and we ask that everyone continue to work together with us as we get this underway.”

Visit horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject to stay informed about these projects. 



Bucksport Library Closes Due to Maintenance Issues

The Bucksport branch of the Horry County Memorial Library System will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2020, due to maintenance issues.

Library patrons are encouraged to visit one of the other branches located throughout Horry County. Locations, hours, and COVID19 limitations can be found on the Horry County Memorial Library System's website.



Horry County To Conduct Aerial Mosquito Spraying July 2, 2020

Horry County Government will conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes Thursday, July 2, 2020, (inclement weather alternate date is Monday, July 6, 2020), between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and dusk, weather permitting in the following locations:

  • Lucas Bay/Little Lamb/ Bucksport Rd/Hilly Ln (Update 07/06/20: Due to inclement weather, this flight will occur Monday, July 6, 2020).
  • Pitch Landing/Winburn St/ Landing Rd
  • Longs, N 905 area/Fries Bay Rd, Pleasant Grove, Waccamaw Ln, and the Four Corners area

The Horry County Stormwater Department operates the mosquito control program and offers regular service to residents in the unincorporated area of Horry County. Anyone in the unincorporated areas can request mosquito spraying by calling the Road and Drainage Hotline at (843) 381-8000 or by using the free HCConnect App on their smartphone. To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies or fill out a no-spray zone form on our website.

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.



Horry County to Conduct Aerial Mosquito Spraying June 30, 2020

Horry County Government will conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes Monday, June 30, 2020, (inclement weather alternate date is Thursday, July 2, 2020), between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and dusk, weather permitting in the following locations:

  • Lucas Bay/Little Lamb/ Bucksport Rd/Hilly Ln
  • Pitch Landing/Winburn St/ Landing Rd

The Horry County Stormwater Department operates the mosquito control program and offers regular service to residents in the unincorporated area of Horry County. In addition, anyone in the unincorporated areas that would like to request mosquito spraying in their area can call the Road and Drainage Hotline at (843) 381-8000. To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies or fill out a no-spray zone form on our website.

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.



Horry County Fire Rescue to Host Community Safety Day

Conway, South Carolina—Horry County Fire Rescue will be holding a Community Safety Day Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the James R. Frazier Community Center in Bucksport.

This community public education event will feature representatives from Horry County Fire Rescue, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Horry County Police Department, Horry County Emergency Management, Horry County Public Information as well as Grand Strand Health and Molina Healthcare of South Carolina.

There will be demonstrations and information on EMS, Investigations, Volunteer and Career Recruitment, Stop the Bleed, Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Preparedness Kits.

“Public safety agencies exist not only to respond to emergencies after the fact but to prevent or reduce the effects of their occurrence in the first place,” said Horry County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Chris Nash. “The Community Safety Day is a great way for Horry County Fire Rescue EMS to partner with other community organizations, and proactively go out into the community to discuss Community Risk Reduction.”

This family-friendly event will have giveaways as well as offer a chance for members of the community to see Horry County Fire Rescue, Horry County Sheriff’s Office and Horry County Police Department vehicles and officers up close. Media is welcome to attend.



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