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Governor Orders Evacuation of Zone A

HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATE

September 2, 2019, 9:00 AM 

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has issued an evacuation order for Horry and Georgetown counties to officially begin at 12 p.m. today, Sept. 2, 2019. This evacuation order is for Horry County Zone A (see Zone information below). Additionally, evacuations include all low-lying areas, mobile homes, and campground sites.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center will open today at 10:00 a.m. in response to the evacuation. Horry County Government will move to OPCON 1 at 12:00 p.m. today to support the evacuation order. The Horry County Phone Bank is now open at 843-915-5150.

The Governor also ordered that schools in Horry County and state government offices close beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2019. County offices will be open tomorrow on a regular operating schedule. 

In anticipation of possible effects on Horry County from the tropical system, Horry County Emergency Management wants to remind all citizens that waiting for a watch or warning is waiting too long! Begin preparation now by:

  • Surveying your property to mitigate potential flooding, such as making sure storm drains and gutters are clear of debris. 
  • Having family hurricane plans in place.
  • Ensuring family emergency/hurricane kits are ready; including items like water, batteries, flashlights, etc. 
  • Continually monitoring reputable weather information sources such as local media or the National Hurricane Center for the most up to date hurricane information.
  • Keeping vehicles fueled up and serviced. 
  • Being sure that you Know Your Zone! Go to Horry County’s website at http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/EmergencyManagement/Hurricanes/KnowYourZone to find your zone.
  • Knowing where you will evacuate if asked to.
  • Making plans for pets.

Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s website at www.horrycounty.org.

Horry County Emergency Management Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/horrycountyemergencymanagementdepartment

Horry County Emergency Management Twitter: https://twitter.com/HorryEMD

 

ZONE A

Evacuation areas for ZONE A include: 

  • All areas east of U.S. Business 17 up to the intersection with US 17
  • All areas east of U.S. 17 to the northern county line

HORRY COUNTY EVACUATION ROUTES

  • North Myrtle Beach and northward: Evacuees from north of Briarcliffe Acres will take SC 9 north to I-95 and beyond.
  • Briarcliffe Acres south to Myrtle Beach 10th Avenue North: Evacuees in Briarcliffe Acres south to 10th Avenue North will take SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to US 501 to Marion. In Marion, they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Myrtle Beach, from 10th Avenue North south to the Myrtle Beach International Airport: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach area south of 10th Avenue North and north of the Myrtle Beach International Airport will take US 501 to Conway. They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion. In Marion, they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Myrtle Beach International Airport southward through Surfside Beach: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach International Airport south through Surfside Beach will take SC 544 to US 501 to Conway. They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion. In Marion, they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay: Evacuees from Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay will take US 17 south through Georgetown. They will then take US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia. Alternatively, they may take US 17 south to US 701 in Georgetown to SC 51 to US 378 at Kingsburg.

When evacuating, it is important to take a road map. Motorists should be aware that law enforcement and the South Carolina National Guard may be posted along evacuation routes to provide assistance. Evacuation routes and maps are available on Horry County’s office website at http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/EmergencyManagement.aspx .



Horry County Moves to OPCON 2

Horry County has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 2 due to continuing flooding issues. OPCON 2 means that the flooding continues to pose a serious threat to Horry County, but the situation is stabilizing.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center remains activated 24 hours a day and the Phone Bank is operational (843-915-5150) to assist residents and visitors with questions.

Horry County Emergency Management Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/horrycountyemergencymanagementdepartment

Horry County Emergency Management Twitter: https://twitter.com/HorryEMD



Horry County 2018 Property Tax Bills

Horry County taxpayers will soon receive property tax bills for the 2018 tax year. These tax notices reflect property values as of December 31, 2017, prior to damages from Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding. Adjustments for any damage as a result of the storm are made for the upcoming 2019 tax year, which is based on the condition of a property as of December 31, 2018.

Appealing this year’s bill for flood damage will not result in a reduction in the immediate 2018 tax bill, but would be applicable for 2019. Forms to file an appeal for 2019 will be available in early January. Property owners who believe they qualify for a reduction in 2019 must file an appeal for the reduction to be considered. Horry County will review all of the 2019 appeals so that next year’s bill reflects the correct value for properties that had storm damage that was not repaired prior to December 31, 2018. Tax payment deadlines are set by the State, not the County.

Horry County Assessor Larry Roscoe stated, “We know this is a difficult time for everyone impacted by the storm and flood, but much of the relief efforts that have assisted so many are funded by our property tax dollars.  Our tax system runs in arrears, so when we have an unfortunate event so close to the tax mailing, it appears as if the county is adding an extra burden to some who are already suffering, but that is never our intent.  Our office will be working closely with those who would like to file an appeal in 2019 to help them navigate the process.”



Horry County Government Weekly Update for August 15 - 19, 2016

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, news and road construction for the week of August 15-19, 2016.



Horry County to Host History Video Contest

The Horry County Board of Architectural Review is sponsoring the third annual High School Video Contest. The objective of the contest is for Horry County high school students to create local history related videos, telling the story of a building or a site within Horry County that is at least 50 years old and increasing their awareness of local history. The contest is open to all Horry County high school students as well as students in a homeschooling program that are residents of Horry County.   The first place video submitter will receive $250, with prizes for second and third place as well.

For a complete list of the general rules of contest or with any questions on the possible age of a structure or site, on eligibility or the subject matter of your project, please contact Adam Emrick at 915-7897 or email emricka@horrycounty.org . All submittals are due by Friday, December 12, by 5 p.m.



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