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HORRY COUNTY ROAD AND DRAINAGE HOTLINE ACTIVATES ON SATURDAY

Conway, South Carolina – Due to localized impacts from Tropical Storm Hermine, Horry County will activate its Road & Drainage Hotline (843-381-8000) tonight until 7 p.m. and on Saturday, September 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. This number is available to citizens in the unincorporated areas of the county to report any drainage issues or road damage.

The Road & Drainage Hotline is normally activated Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Horry County Stormwater and Public Works crews will be in the field as necessary, making sure drainage systems are open and flowing. If citizens need assistance after the hotline closes, they can call the non-emergency number at the Horry County Dispatch Center at (843) 248-1520.



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 Recycling Centers Available for Any Post Storm Yard Debris

Conway, South Carolina – Since Horry County Government does not provide daily curbside pickup, citizens in the unincorporated areas of Horry County should take all post storm yard debris to one of the 24 Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s Recycling Service Centers.  A list of locations and hours can be found on their website.  Other suggestions of what you can do include:

If you live within the limits of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Atlantic Beach, Surfside Beach or Conway, please contact them for debris removal information.  When removing yard debris yourself, please use proper safety equipment such as heavy gloves, goggles, breathing masks and boots. 

For more information on the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, please contact them at 843-347-1651.



Horry County Remains at OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County remains at Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of Tropical Storm Hermine.  OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means that county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and other coastal communities.  Horry County will continue to monitor the storm closely and review all operational plans.  The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is NOT active at this time, however Horry County Emergency Management will continue to keep the public aware of changes in the forecast and appropriate action will be taken as necessary.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Horry County and a Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for all areas of northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina through early Saturday morning. 

The storm is still forecast to make its closest approach to our county late afternoon and early evening. Winds and rainfall amounts are forecast to begin increasing this morning and decrease by late this evening into early Saturday morning. Sustained winds of 30-45 mph will pick-up this afternoon with gusts of 50-55 mph along the immediate coast over-night tonight. Rainfall amounts throughout Horry County are still estimated at 5-7 inches. 

Tidal flooding in the low lying coastal areas along Cherry Grove and Garden City Beach could become an issue this evening as high tide will be at 9 p.m. 

There will be a high potential for rip currents along our beaches throughout the weekend. Beachgoers are encouraged to follow the below ocean safety checklist:

Ocean Safety Checklist

  • Be honest about your swimming ability. The ocean is not a swimming pool.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean. Being hit by a wave while you’re not watching can cause serious injury. 
  • Never take your eye off children in the water, no matter how calm the ocean.
  • If you need help, shout “HELP” (and not a family member’s name) or wave an arm to get attention.
  • A current can pull you away in waist high water.
  • If you get caught in a current, do not struggle against it. Rip currents are usually narrow, so calmly swim perpendicular to the current direction to get out of it. 
  • Too many rules to remember? Then remember just one…..SWIM IN FRONT OF LIFE GUARDS!

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling as roads will be slick and ponding could occur. 

Additional driving tips include:

  • First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.
  • Stay toward the middle lanes - water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
  • Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather.
  • Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you.
  • Don't follow large trucks or busses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing them as well; if you must pass, do so quickly and safely.
  • Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions. Watch out for brake lights in front of you.

Coastal residents and property owners are especially encouraged to begin securing outdoor furniture, garbage cans, etc. as winds will start increasing throughout the day. 

Citizens should stay tuned to local media for updates.  It is also a good time to review family hurricane plans, including items that may be needed such as water, batteries, flashlights, etch.  Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s official website.



Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina – At 3 p.m. Horry County will move to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of Tropical Storm Hermine.  OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means that county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and other coastal communities.  Horry County will continue to monitor the storm closely and review all operational plans.  The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is NOT active at this time, however Horry County Emergency Management will continue to keep the public aware of changes in the forecast and appropriate action will be taken as necessary.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Horry County and a Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for all areas of northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina through early Saturday morning. 

The current forecast track has Tropical Storm Hermine moving slower and shifting back to the east. The storm is still forecast to make its closest approach to our coast late Friday afternoon and early evening. Winds and rainfall amounts are forecast to begin increasing Friday morning and decrease by late Friday evening into early Saturday morning. Maximum wind gusts throughout the county could range from 50-53 mph on Friday and rainfall amounts throughout Horry County are estimated at 5-7 inches. 

Tidal flooding in the low lying coastal areas along Cherry Grove and Garden City Beach could become an issue Friday evening as high tide will be at 9 p.m. 

There will be a high potential for rip currents along our beaches throughout the weekend. Beachgoers are encouraged to follow the below ocean safety checklist:

Ocean Safety Checklist

  • Be honest about your swimming ability. The ocean is not a swimming pool.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean. Being hit by a wave while you’re not watching can cause serious injury. 
  • Never take your eye off children in the water, no matter how calm the ocean.
  • If you need help, shout “HELP” (and not a family member’s name) or wave an arm to get attention.
  • A current can pull you away in waist high water.
  • If you get caught in a current, do not struggle against it. Rip currents are usually narrow, so calmly swim perpendicular to the current direction to get out of it. 
  • Too many rules to remember? Then remember just one…..SWIM IN FRONT OF LIFE GUARDS!

On Friday, motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling as roads will be slick and ponding could occur. 

Additional driving tips include:

  • First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.
  • Stay toward the middle lanes - water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
  • Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather.
  • Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you.
  • Don't follow large trucks or busses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing them as well; if you must pass, do so quickly and safely.
  • Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions. Watch out for brake lights in front of you.

Coastal residents and property owners are especially encouraged to begin securing outdoor furniture, garbage cans, etc. as winds will start increasing on Friday. 

Citizens should stay tuned to local media for updates.  It is also a good time to review family hurricane plans, including items that may be needed such as water, batteries, flashlights, etch.  Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s official website

 

 



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