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Horry County Resiliency Update and Informational Session with Congressman Rice

Congressman Rice to Host Informational Session on Floodwater Mitigation Modeling

Horry County staff have received a number of calls and emails related to the recent flooding and flood mitigation plans.  Congressman Rice is sponsoring an information session with the State Disaster Recovery Office in order to provide an update directly to interested residents.  

 

Horry County Government Resiliency Plan Update

Although no funding has yet been received for a buyout program by Horry County, the federal government has awarded $157 million in Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CBDG-MIT) funding to the state. Part of this funding will be allocated by the state for buyout programs to be developed at the local level. In preparation for this upcoming funding opportunity, and in order to quantify interest in a buyout program in repetitive flooding areas, Horry County began circulation of a buyout interest form in Spring 2020. As of June 10, the county has received 80 interest forms from Horry County residents related to the buyout program.  

The next step will be for the County to coordinate those areas that have significant interest to solidify an Area Buyout Plan and coordinate as many contiguous properties as possible. Contiguous properties are prioritized for buyout programs as the land can then be used to mitigate flooding for the remaining parcels.  In addition, the Horry County team is also working to schedule a series of virtual update sessions, so that the most current information will be available to you. We will continue to provide updates through this email list and at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us by email at resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org or call the Community Development Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 843-915-7033.

 

 



Horry County to Pick Up Bulk Debris in Targeted Areas

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County will begin curbside removal of bulk household debris from targeted flood stricken areas within unincorporated Horry County.  The county plans to conduct one pass of the areas along county maintained roads that have been identified over the last month from flood-height data, door-to-door assessments and flyover surveys.  Bulk debris such as carpeting, sofas, furniture, mattresses, drywall and other demolition materials should be placed in the right-of-way for removal in separate piles from any vegetative/woody debris.  Horry County will announce the targeted areas that the trucks will be in and will provide advance notice of curbside pickup through door-hangers and social media posts.

Home owners in need of assistance with removing flood damaged items should register at www.myrtlebeachdisasterrelief.com.  The home will be evaluated and a volunteer group will be assigned to assist.  Volunteers will help bring the debris to the right-of-way for the debris trucks to remove.

Horry County estimates that over 500 homes throughout the county have been impacted by flooding.  This number of homes is expected to rise as assessment teams continue to move into other flooded areas. 

To date, residents have self-hauled over 5,000 cubic yards of debris.

Residents impacted by the flood may still self-haul their bulky household debris to the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s landfill or recycling convenience centers at no charge.  Bulk items should be separated from the vegetative/woody debris caused by the storm as well as other household items like paints, solvents, and garbage.  Information on those locations can be found at www.solidwasteauthority.org.                                                                       

Horry County continues to collect vegetative debris on county-maintained roads with two complete passes planned over the next several weeks and has also set-up a debris management hotline at (843) 340-9536.  It is available daily to provide information to residents who have questions or concerns about debris management operations.  The hotline is staffed by Horry County representatives from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Please continue to check the Horry County website for additional information and updates on the debris removal process. 



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 Emergency Management Co-Sponsors Area Business Disaster Symposium

Conway, South Carolina-Horry County Emergency Management along with the City of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the Third Annual Area Business Disaster Recovery Symposium January 29, 2016, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Myrtle Beacy Convention Center Hotel.  Speakers include WPDE Chief Meterologist Ed Piotrowski, Myrtle Beach International Airport, Santee Cooper, Coastal Carolina University, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Kevin Sur and much more.  Pre-registration is $25 per person and includes lunch and breaks or $30 at the door.  Pre-registration deadline is January 25, 2016.  Click HERE for the registration form.



Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Comes to Conway

Conway, South Carolina – A mobile FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) has begun operations in the parking lot of the Horry County Government & Justice Center located at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.  The unit will be in place seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to assist individuals in the Conway area who have sustained a loss (major or minor) from the flash floods as well as the ongoing flooding issues. FEMA is urging people who have not already registered for assistance to call 800-621-3362 and FEMA field inspectors will be sent to those properties to do a damage assessment within 2-10 days. FEMA officials want everyone to know that they don’t have to wait for an inspector to begin clean up. FEMA field inspectors will carry proper credentials (IDs) so they can be easily identified. Any questions relating to the authenticity of a FEMA representative, can call Horry County Emergency Management for verification at (843) 915-5150.

The other two FEMA DRC locations are still in operation in the following locations:

  • North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Highway 57 South, Little River
  • South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach

These DRCs are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and are staffed by personnel able to assist Horry County citizens with: answers to questions, referrals to agencies that may be able to provide further assistance, housing assistance and rental information, crisis counseling, disaster related legal services, disaster related unemployment, assistance through the Small Business Administration, status of applications being processed by FEMA, and other valuable services. FEMA also encourages people to document, document and document. The more photos and information you can provide, the better. Also keep a record of your receipts if you have to go out and buy supplies for cleaning or repairs.

Some disaster survivors affected by the severe storms and flooding in South Carolina may receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) saying they are ineligible for disaster assistance.

If that happens, do not be alarmed or discouraged. It may mean that FEMA does not have all the information needed to make a decision regarding an applicant’s disaster assistance.

Several reasons exist for why flood survivors receive ineligibility determination letters and yet may be eligible for assistance. For example, the applicant may still need to:

  • Return insurance information;
  • Provide information to prove occupancy or ownership of the damaged property;
  • Fill out all necessary paperwork; or
  • Complete and return the U.S. Small Business Administration loan application.    

Applicants with insurance should contact their insurance company and ask for a settlement letter detailing exactly what is covered under their claim. They should mail insurance settlement information to FEMA – Individuals & Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055. 

Flood survivors have up to 12 months from the date they registered with FEMA to submit insurance information for review. FEMA cannot provide money to individuals or households for losses already covered by insurance. 

FEMA reminds applicants to return the completed SBA loan application even if they choose to decline the loan. Completing the loan application is a necessary step if applicants are to be considered for some other forms of disaster assistance.

Applicants who wish to appeal a decision may do so in writing within 60 days from the date the ineligibility letter was received. Guidelines for appeals can be found in the Applicant’s Handbook sent to everyone who registered with FEMA. 

Ineligibility Letters

Flood survivors who need to update their application information or have any questions about disaster assistance can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.  Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time, seven days a week until further notice. Individuals with hearing difficulties can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants may also register online at with any computer, smartphone or tablet at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.” Survivors may also choose to visit a Horry County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC).



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