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Citizen Input Requested Regarding Flood Resilience Plan

Horry County is developing a plan to help address riverine flooding impacts from tropical systems, such as Hurricane Florence. As part of this planning process, the public is being asked to participate in public meetings that are scheduled for the week of October 21.

Assisting the County in preparing this plan is a team of consultants with specific expertise in building coastal resilience to extreme weather events. This consultant team is led by Tom Jost of Sherwood Design Engineers. Three other consulting groups are also part of the project team. These include ONE Architecture, Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, and CASE Consultants International. Information about each firm, including a link to each firm’s webpage, follows.

Sherwood Design Engineers is a civil engineering firm committed to the integration of infrastructure, design, and the environment, with a particular focus on implementing resilient coastlines. Sherwood has offices in New York, California, Texas, and Georgia.

ONE Architecture is a design and planning firm with offices in Amsterdam and New York which is known for its unique approach in which financial, technical, and organizational issues are addressed and resolved through design.

The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University takes a worldwide view of modern coastal processes and geologic hazards, examines the scientific basis for managing developed shorelines in a time of rising sea level and advocates for the development and implementation of responsible strategies, plans, policies and actions that promote the long-term sustainability of our nation’s coastal ecosystems.

CASE Consultants International applies Climate Arts and Sciences Expertise to inform real-world decisions in climate adaptation, sustainability, and resilience. Based in Asheville, NC, CASE connects science to solutions. 

According to Courtney Frappaolo, Horry County’s Director of Community Development, "The consultant team will bring a great deal of expertise in environmental engineering, resilient architectural and urban design, and community planning to the problems that Horry County faces from hurricanes and tropical storms. Scientific evidence shows that these big storms are producing more rain than ever and are moving more slowly across land and water, creating more flooding and, consequently, more property damage. We are taking action now to help our community minimize the effects of future storms.”

During the week of October 21, there will be three public engagement sessions in three different locations around the County. Each session will take place from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.The meeting dates and locations are provided below:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Socastee High School, 4900 Socastee Blvd, Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

North Strand Recreation Center, 120 State Hwy 57 S, Little River

Thursday, October 24, 2019

James R. Frazier Community Center, 1370 Bucksport Rd, Bucksport

Consultant team leader, Tom Jost says, “We hope that all interested parties will be able to attend one or more of these meetings. While our team has extensive experience, we know that the real expertise lies in the experiences of Horry County citizens. Over the past four years, major flooding has occurred from hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Florence. We want to hear how these storms have affected your homes and businesses, as well as what ideas you may have for addressing these impacts. If you cannot attend, we will make survey forms available for you at the Horry County website so that your comments and ideas can be considered.”



Volunteer Opportunity: Horry County Service Day 2019

The Governor’s South Carolina Floodwater Commission in cooperation with Horry County Government, the City of Conway, and the City of Loris will be sponsoring a cleanup day in Horry County on Friday, November 8, 2019. The cleanup activities include both land and waterways (boat) and will be coordinated from 4 regional work sites within the county.

The Horry County Service Day will focus on clearing drainage ditches, culverts, canals, streams and waterways in the area. The work plans include clearing trees, limbs, trash, and debris, and removing accumulated sediment. Three of the four regional work sites will include watercraft cleanup in the Waccamaw river and adjacent waterways where debris is hindering the free flow of water. Volunteers with boats/watercraft are encouraged to attend and bring their boats.

Click here to learn more and register to volunteer. 



Horry County Legislative Delegation Seeking Applicants for Boards and Commissions

The Horry County Legislative Delegation is currently seeking applicants for the following board that has vacancies, expired terms, or terms that expire in the near future:

  • South Carolina Foster Care Review Board-15B & 15C
  • Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority
  • Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Horry County
  • Horry County Higher Education Commission
  • Horry County Transportation Committee
  • Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire District Board

The Horry & Georgetown County Legislative Delegations are currently seeking applicants for the following board that has vacancies, expired terms, or terms that expire in the near future:

  • South Carolina State Board of Education 

Individuals interested in serving should call the Horry County Legislative Delegation office at (843) 915-5130 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The deadline for receiving applications is Monday, October 14, 2019.



Horry County to Conduct Aerial Mosquito Spraying This Week

Horry County will conduct mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following areas:

  • September 19, 2019- Hwy 378 and Bucksport areas
  • September 20, 2019- Juniper Bay area and Highway 905/Highway 22 area

Aerial spraying will be conducted 30-minutes prior to sunset and 30-minutes after sunset, weather permitting. 

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. An interactive map will be posted here

In addition, citizens who need to request spraying in their area can contact the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000.



Ghost of the Coast Fun Run & Trunk or Treat

The Horry County Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a Fun Run and Trunk or Treat at the Carolina Forest Recreation center on October 26th, 2019. This event will be the grand opening of a newly created 5K run and walk trail behind the Carolina Forest Recreation Center.

Costumes are encouraged for the Fun Run and awards will be given for best female adult costume, best male adult costume, best female child costume, best male child costume, best couple costume and best family costume. Fun Runners will be rewarded with a themed medal at the finish line and all paid registrants will receive a Halloween themed race t-shirt.

Immediately after the Fun Run, Horry County Parks and Recreation will host a free Trunk or Treat for all children of Horry County. The Trunk or Treat will feature games, face painting, and inflatables while numerous businesses and Horry County departments will be handing out candy to the children. Please join us for this great event!

Everyone is welcome to participate in both events, or just bring your family out for some trick or treating fun at trunk or treat!

Register for the race in advance here: https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/MyrtleBeach/GhostoftheCoast.



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