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Damage Assessment Begins This Week

County officials are assessing the damage to both residential and commercial structures to determine the impact of recent flooding in our area. This evaluation plays a critical role in acquiring state and federal financial assistance to assist the region’s disaster recovery efforts.

To ensure planning efforts are based on comprehensive data regarding storm and flood impacts, Horry County officials are requesting that citizens report their property damage information from the current flood event.

The Property Damage Self-Reporting Tool, located at https://www.horrycounty.org/, allows owners and renters to inform the County of the location, owner, extent of damage, and status of the affected property. The data and photos reported through this website will help the county to assess the comprehensive impact of recent flooding, and to determine the best long-term recovery strategies for affected communities.

In addition, community members should be aware that additional County crews including damage assessment teams will be in affected areas this week.



Hurricane Florence Damage Assessment Underway

As rising waters continue to impact our region, County officials are assessing the damage to both residential and commercial structures to determine the impact of Hurricane Florence in our area. This evaluation plays a critical role in acquiring the federal financial assistance to assist the region’s disaster recovery efforts.

Reaching all of the impacted areas, however, becomes more difficult as flooding continues. To ensure planning efforts are based on a comprehensive data regarding storm and flood impacts,Horry County officials are requesting that citizens report their property damage information from Hurricane Florence and the current flood event.

A new Property Damage Self-Reporting Tool, located at https://www.horrycounty.org/, allows owners and renters to inform the County of the location, owner, extent of damage, and status of the affected property. The data and photos reported through this website will help the county to assess the comprehensive impact of Hurricane Florence, and to determine the best long-term recovery strategies for affected communities.

Homeowners who have experienced property damage are encouraged to contact FEMA directly to determine if they are eligible for financial assistance. Please visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ to apply for funding. Alternatively, citizens may call the registration phone number at 1 (800) 621-3362. Individuals with a speech disability or hearing loss may use TTY by calling 1 (800) 462-7585. Individuals utilizing 711 or video relay service (VRS) may call 1 (800) 621-3362.

The road to recovery is just beginning. The input of our residents is critical to ensure that recovery plans are based on a comprehensive picture of the storm impacts.



Storm Recovery Tips from Horry County Emergency Management

Conway, South Carolina – Following Tropical Storm Hermine or any tropical system, there are steps you can take to keep you and your family safe. Feel better prepared with these safety and recovery tips from Horry County Emergency Management.

Check on family and neighbors

Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

Drive only when necessary. Roads may have weakened and can collapse under the weight of a car.

Document damage

Separate damaged and undamaged belongings. Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

Stay away from downed power lines

If you see power, cable or phone lines that are down in your yard or in the street, always treat them as if they were energized and dangerous. Never touch them! Stay at least 20 feet away. Call an energy provider to report the location so repairs can be made as soon as possible.
 
Post-storm debris can hide power lines that have fallen. Trees may also contain lines that have fallen. A metal fence, pond or standing water could be energized by lines touching them elsewhere. Even the ground can be energized near fallen lines. Approach these items with caution, keeping in mind that the real danger might be hidden.

Remove standing water – Tip & Toss!
Residents are urged to remove standing water to prevent mosquitoes from living and breeding. Tips & Toss!
Horry County believes the best way residents can protect themselves is by reducing breeding sources. Breeding sources for mosquito-borne illnesses are 
primarily water-filled containers left around homes and businesses. Tipping and tossing water-filled containers once a week can significantly reduce mosquito populations.
Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside of your home. Items in and around people’s homes can collect water. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water, such as

·         Vases
·         pet water bowls
·         flowerpot saucers
·         discarded tires
·         buckets
·         pool covers
·         birdbaths
·         trash cans
·         rain barrels

These actions can help reduce the number of mosquitoes around areas where people live.

Follow safe water storage tips

If water must be stored, tightly cover storage containers to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside and laying eggs.

Click HERE for dditional information on Horry County's mosquito control program. 
 



Horry County Continues Damage Assessment

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County continues the damage assessment process for both residential/commercial structures in the unincorporated areas. Horry County Public Works and Stormwater Department are also doing damage assessment on both the paved and unpaved road network. The Horry County Engineering Department will be on the beaches tomorrow surveying beach erosion along our coast. It could take several days to compile a countywide assessment for the number of structures affected and the estimated cost damage throughout out area.

 

The Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor those subdivisions that are still impacted by the flood waters and have first responders on stand-by for those residents that need assistance evacuating their homes. Residents are encouraged to call 911 for evacuation assistance.

 

The county continues to monitor the river levels along the Waccamaw River and those communities that are impacted and will become impacted with the rising levels. Numerous homeowners have self-evacuated and others are choosing to stay in their homes. Horry County Fire/Rescue, Horry County Police and the Department of Natural Resources continue to monitor those communities and will provides assistance as needed including assistance with evacuations. Officials are deterring people from site seeing in those locations by car and by boat. Boat wakes can cause additional damage to property and people are highly encouraged to stay away unless you are a property owner.

 

For more information, please call the Horry County Emergency Management Department at (843) 915-5150.



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