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On March 9, 2021
in County News
Today, the South Carolina Disaster Recover Office SCDRO announced the approval of CDBG-mitigation funding for Horry County that will help buyout properties from flood victims in the Socastee area of Horry County. SCDRO approved $13 million in buyout funding to purchase approximately 60 homes.
In addition, this funding will cover two major mitigation projects in the Bucksport area. This community expressed interest in solutions that would allow them to stay in their homes, and we determined there were some viable projects as a part of the County’s resiliency planning process. Those projects were submitted in this application for funding, and approved.
County Councilmember Cam Crawford said, “I am very encouraged by today’s announcement. I believe this will help provide significant relief to vulnerable members of our community, including the residents of Socastee.”
“We are very thankful that the state is providing Horry County with the funds to complete this critical piece of flood protection for our community,” said Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner. “I also want to thank our local delegation, the Governor, and my fellow county council members for their hard work and advocacy that helped bring us to this moment.”
Horry County submitted an application for the buyout program in December 2020 and has recently learned that a portion of that proposal has been approved through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Program. Horry County has been waiting for this program along with our residents for a number of years and we are prepared to expedite the program as quickly as possible in coordination with the state.
This is a voluntary program that will pay for the cost of purchasing, demolishing, and stabilizing lots for over 60 flood-prone homes along the Intracoastal Waterway in Socastee. Homes outside of the targeted area will apply directly to SCDRO—more information is available on their website at https://florence.scstormrecovery.com/.
Horry County will be hosting a virtual seminar on March 23, 2021 at 3 p.m. to provide an update to affected residents to be followed by several intake meetings in the designated areas. Anyone who filled out the interest form last year will be contacted by the County with their next steps. Even those who did not fill out the interest form last year are eligible to begin the intake process, assuming they meet the criteria.
Director of Community Development Courtney Frappaolo said, “The Community Development Office is working closely with the state to develop a smooth intake process so that we can help residents get through this program as efficiently as possible. We know that these residents have been tremendously patient and we ask that everyone continue to work together with us as we get this underway.”
Visit horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject to stay informed about these projects.
On June 23, 2020
in County News
Horry County Government will host a seven week virtual seminar series on flood mitigation and resiliency beginning July 1, 2020 as a component of the flood resiliency plan. The virtual seminars will take place each Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. from July 1 to August 12, 2020. A schedule of topics for discussion is available here.
The purpose of the seminars is to provide impacted community members with resources and an opportunity to ask questions about relevant programs and topics. The series will culminate with an update on the Horry County Resiliency Plan. A variety of County department leaders as well as State and Federal agency representatives plan to participate in the series.
Director of Community Development Courtney Frappaolo said, “We think this series is a great way to get critical information to the communities impacted by flooding and to help connect them with local, state and federal programs that assist with disaster recovery and resiliency.”
The seminars will be broadcast live on the Horry County Government Facebook Page, Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14), and on the County website at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject. The format for each session will include one or two presentations followed by an opportunity for virtual attendees to submit questions. The question and answer session will be moderated. Each session is planned to last about an hour.
Participants can submit their questions during the seminar by texting (843) 502-0033 (message and data rates may apply) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Users watching the seminar on the Horry County Government Facebook page can submit their questions in the comments section of the live video feed.
Information and updates will be available at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject.
On June 12, 2020
in County News
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 email@example.com or call the Community Development Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 843-915-7033.
On April 23, 2020
in County News
The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office is re-opening the Hurricane Matthew Recovery Program to repair or reconstruct single family homes for low-to-moderate income residents with Hurricane Matthew related damage in Marion or Horry County. Click to complete the online application.
Call 844-410-8560 or visit www.scdr.sc.gov for further assistance and information.
On February 28, 2020
in County News
Horry County Officials released a buyout program interest form today for residents in areas impacted by flooding.
Horry County is currently seeking State and/or Federal grant funds to help residents become more resilient to flood events. Many applications require the County to identify and coordinate participation with residents living in unincorporated areas of Horry County before being able to apply for funding.
This interest form will help the County identify interested property owners and put together competitive applications for state and federal funding to support such a program, should those funding sources become available. At this time, the County has not instituted a buyout program or secured any funding for any similar program. The form currently being circulated only allows impacted residents to indicate their interest in these or similar programs.
Impacted residents are encouraged to complete and submit the form below so the County can follow up with them in a timely manner if they and their property is eligible for State or Federal programs. If the County receives funds, residents will be asked to provide additional documentation and complete program specific applications and forms.
The County anticipates applying for grant funding this spring, with funds, if we are awarded any funds, becoming available as early as fall 2020. At the point the County is awarded funds for a buyout program, eligible residents can expect to begin an application process for the specific buyout programs that will come with eligibility criteria that could include household income, duplication of benefits, extent of damage, and location. If a property owner is accepted into a program, the average length of time to complete the program from the date of acceptance is six months to a year.
Forms will be accepted through Friday, April 3, 2020. The form can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org and forms are available in person at the Community Development Office located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Forms can also be mailed to that address to the attention of Horry County Community Development.
The form is available for download at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject.
For questions about how to complete the form, call 843-915-7033.
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