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Horry County Releases Map of Potential Flooding Along the Waccamaw River

Horry County has released a map of areas along the Waccamaw River that could potentially flood based on the river predictions by the National Weather Service. View the interactive map of potential flooding areas by visiting this link.  The flood stage for the river is 11 ft. and forecasters are predicting it to crest on Thursday at 16.1 ft. The dark blue areas on the map are estimated at 16 ft. and the green areas are estimated at Hurricane Floyd (1999) record levels, which were 17.8 ft. 

Residents are encouraged to follow their local media as the flooding situation continues to unfold over the next few days. The National Weather Service river predictions can be viewed at  

The Horry County Police, along with members of the National Guard, will set up 14 check points along the river to provide security for those property owners and assist the community with any concerns or issues they may encounter. Boat Patrol units will be provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to assist with security of those flooded properties. Horry County Fire/Rescue will continue to have a presence in those flooded areas and will assist residents who chose to evacuate from their homes. 
For more information, please call the Horry County Emergency Management Department at (843) 915-5150. 

Horry County Moves to OPCON 1 and Opens Emergency Operations Center

Horry County has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 1 due to flooding issues regarding Hurricane Joaquin. OPCON 1 means a disaster or emergency situation is in effect and poses a significant threat to Horry County. Horry County has activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Due to flooding issues in the Little River/North Myrtle Beach area, numerous residents have been evacuated from their homes and a shelter will open at 10 p.m. this evening at the First Baptist Church North Myrtle Beach, located at 200 Highway 17 South. 

The biggest threats to our area continue to be flash floods and dangerous maritime conditions. All low lying areas, areas prone to flooding, and communities along the Waccamaw River should use extra caution and prepare for potential flooding. An increasing easterly swell and easterly winds will combine with heavy rain to enhance coastal flooding potential. The combination of increasing wave action and water runoff may lead to beach erosion and rip currents will also become elevated beginning this afternoon.

Citizens are highly encouraged to stay off the roads if at all possible. The dangers of driving at night poses a higher risk as the hazards become harder to recognize. Please drive with extreme caution!

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

Flood Safety Tips

During a flood, water levels and the rate the water is flowing can quickly change. Remain aware and monitor your local media outlets. Avoid flood waters at all costs!

Stay Informed
Monitor local your local media outlets (including NOAA Weather Radio), internet, and social media for information and updates.

Get to Higher Ground
Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground. Move personal belongings that may flood.

Obey Warning and Road Closure Signs
Do not drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn around! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards (i.e. ditches, sharp objects and debris, washed out roads, electrical wires, etc.). A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve-inches of water can float a car or small SUV and 18-inches of water can carry away large vehicles.

Drive with Caution
Flooding will make driving difficult as run-off collects across intersection and low spots. In addition, some small creeks and ditches may quickly get out of their banks and sill across the roadway. The dangers of driving at night poses a higher risk as the hazards become harder to recognize. Please drive with extreme caution!

Avoid Flood Waters
Do not walk through flood waters. It only takes six-inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. Watch out for your pets and bring them inside. 

Practice Electrical Safety
Don’t go into any room if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises – get out!