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Partnering to Secure Grant Funding for Stormwater Projects in Horry County

After receiving a grant from SCDHEC in 2019, Horry County initiated a Socastee Creek Watershed Flood Risk and Mitigation Strategies Study with the goal of performing an updated assessment of flood hazards and risk and evaluating potential improvements and actions to mitigate flood risks.

One of the projects recommended by that study was flood benching on Socastee Creek. The proposed floodplain benching involves lowering the channel banks and adjacent overbanks to create a “bench” to provide additional area for flood waters to flow. Floodplain benching increases the flood carrying capacity of a channel corridor while still largely retaining the existing channel to carry base and smaller event flows. Based on the data gathered from the mitigation study, we anticipate this project will help mitigate future flooding in the Socastee and Forestbrook areas of Horry County.

Working together with our state partners, like Representative Heather Crawford, the County was able to secure funding from the state to move forward with the Socastee Creek flood benching project. County Councilmember Cam Crawford and Representative Heather Crawford stopped by today to present staff with the check.

Now that the project is fully funded, we anticipate work will begin in the near future. As more details are available, we will share them with you here. 



Enrollment Deadline Extended for CDBG-MIT Buyout Program in Socastee

The enrollment period for the Horry County CDBG-MIT Buyout Program in the Socastee area that began in July has been extended to Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Enrollment is the first step in the application process for homeowners in the Socastee target area (see the map below) that are interested in the buyout program. So far, approximately 40 homeowners in the target area have started the process.

The application can be downloaded at the link below.

Due to the grant requirements of the federally-funded program, and depending on individual circumstances, eligible homeowners should expect the buyout process to take 6 to 12 months. The County is working closely with the South Carolina Office of Resilience to move applicants through the process as quickly as possible.

More information is available online at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject. If you are interested in enrolling in the CDBG-MIT buyout program in Socastee and have questions, please contact the Horry County Office of Community Development at (843) 915-7033 or email resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org.

Download the CDBG-MIT Buyout Program Enrollment Form

Who can enroll? Anyone in the Socastee target area (see the map above) that has experienced repetitive property loss from flooding.

What do you need to enroll? The first step is to complete an enrollment form*. Upon receiving a completed enrollment form, County staff will contact individuals to set up appointments to begin the intake process. Please, do not send copies of your personal information or documents via email. You will bring those documents with you for the scheduled intake appointment.

*The enrollment form is not the same as the buyout interest form that interested residents previously submitted.

What is the deadline for enrollment? Extended to September 1, 2021

How can I submit my enrollment form? Enrollment forms can be emailed to resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org or mailed to the Horry County Community Development Office located at 100 Elm Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526 attn: Buyout Program. In addition, the Community Development Office will be scheduling appointments at the Socastee Library every Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. through September 1, 2021. Appointments may also be scheduled at the Community Development office, located at 100 Elm Street, Conway. Appointments are strongly recommended.



South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office Hurricane Florence Program Deadline is July 31, 2021

The application deadline for the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office Hurricane Florence Recovery Program is this Saturday, July 31, 2021.



Enrollment is Open for CDBG-MIT Buyout Program in Socastee

The enrollment period for the Horry County CDBG-MIT Buyout Program in the Socastee area begins today.

People in the Socastee target area that have experienced repetitive property loss from flooding are eligible to enroll in this program. The County is now accepting applications and scheduling intake appointments for collection of required documentation. The application can be downloaded at the link below.

Once you complete the enrollment form, staff from the Community Development office will contact you to set up an intake appointment. Please note, if you arrive without an appointment, you may experience a significant wait time.

Those appointments will take place every Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. beginning tomorrow, July 13, 2021 and ending August 24, 2021. Appointments may also be scheduled at the Community Development office, located at 100 Elm Street, Conway.

Enrollment is the first step in the application process for homeowners in the Socastee target area (see the map below) that are interested in the buyout program. Due to the grant requirements of the federally-funded program, and depending on individual circumstances, eligible homeowners should expect the buyout process to take 6 to 12 months. The County is working closely with the South Carolina Office of Resilience to move applicants through the process as quickly as possible.

Whenever a new governmental assistance program is rolled out, there is always a potential for fraud, so please be aware that other groups or individuals may be providing information that is not accurate and may seek to compromise your personal information.

More information is available online at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject. If you are interested in enrolling in the CDBG-MIT buyout program in Socastee and have questions, please contact the Horry County Office of Community Development at (843) 915-7033 or email resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org.

 

Who can enroll? Anyone in the Socastee target area (see the map above) that has experienced repetitive property loss from flooding.

What do you need to enroll? The first step is to complete an enrollment form*. Upon receiving a completed enrollment form, County staff will contact individuals to set up appointments to begin the intake process. Please, do not send copies of your personal information or documents via email. You will bring those documents with you for the scheduled intake appointment.

*The enrollment form is not the same as the buyout interest form that interested residents previously submitted.

What is the deadline for enrollment? Wednesday, August 25, 2021

How can I submit my enrollment form? Enrollment forms can be emailed to resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org or mailed to the Horry County Community Development Office located at 100 Elm Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526 attn: Buyout Program. In addition, the Community Development Office will be scheduling appointments at the Socastee Library every Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. beginning July 13, 2021 and ending August 24, 2021. Appointments may also be scheduled at the Community Development office, located at 100 Elm Street, Conway. Appointments are strongly recommended. Without an appointment, you may experience a significant wait time.

 

Download the CDBG-MIT Buyout Program Enrollment Form



SCDRO to Host Mobile Intake Site at James R. Frazier Community Center

The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office (SCDRO) will host a mobile intake site at the James R. Frazier Center (1370 Bucksport Rd, Bucksport, SC 29527) as part of the Hurricane Florence Recovery Project.

Representatives will be onsite at the James R. Frazier Community Center on March 29, March 31, April 6 and April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SCDRO is accepting online applications from citizens in Horry County with remaining Hurricane Florence damage. Applications can be filled out here, or applicants can call (844) 410-8560 with questions and to schedule an appointment for intake. Please see the flyers below for more information.

NOTE: this intake is separate from the Socastee buyout program, please contact SCDRO for more information.

 



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