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Hurricane Matthew Update: Horry County Moves to OPCON 2

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County will move to Operating Condition (OPCON) 2 at 5 p.m. this afternoon due to continuing flooding issues. OPCON 2 means that the flooding continues to pose a serious threat to Horry County.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center remains activated 24 hours a day.  Horry County Police and the South Carolina National Guard continue to staff security checkpoints along the Waccamaw River, Pee Dee River and the Intracoastal Waterway (near Socastee) around the clock.  In addition, The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Horry County Police will continue to provide boat patrols along those waterways.

Additional flooding information…The Beach Church shelter closed as of 3 p.m. this afternoon.  Evacuees are currently in the shelter opened at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church located at 2105 US 501 in Conway.  Residents with questions can contact Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150.

 

 

 



Hurricane Matthew Update for October 10, 2016 at 12 p.m.

Date: October 9, 2016

Time: 3 p.m.

Hurricane Matthew Update:

  • The South Carolina Forestry Commission has issued a burning ban for all South Carolina counties that will be in effect until further notice.
  • http://www.myrtlebeachareachamber.com/member/hurricane/updates.html Citizens can visit the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce link (above) for an up to date listing of businesses that are currently open.
  • All Horry County Government offices and courts remain closed Monday, October 10, 2016.  All essential personnel will continue to report for duty.  Circuit Court jurors for this week have been excused.  All Common Pleas & General Sessions Jury trials for this week are postponed.
  • The number of evacuees in shelters have diminished (468 as of last night to just 31 as of noon this today).  The only shelter still accepting evacuees is, Beach Church located at 557 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
  • The S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control is waiving testing fee for private wells. Residents with questions about private wells should call 803-898-4312.
  • The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be conducting boat patrols on flooded waterways.
  • The Horry County Solid Waste Authority offices and recycling centers that were safely able are open today. Residents of unincorporated Horry County should utilize the recycling center closest to them to dispose of storm debris.  If your yard/tree debris is larger than six inches in diameter and four feet in length, you must bring the debris to the landfill located at 1886 Highway 90.  If you live within the limits of an incorporated municipality, you should contact municipal officials regarding their debris cleanup procedures.
  • 159+ roads closed and/or impassable
  • Properties along the Waccamaw River & Intracoastal Waterway are asked to monitor river levels closely as they are rising fast.  The rivers are currently at major flood stage and could continue to rise.  Flooding will be similar to the October 2015 floods.  Residents in these areas should prepare now if they plan on evacuating their property. For information or assistance, citizens in the City of Conway can call 843-488-7664 and Horry County residents should call 843-915-5150.

Horry County Emergency Management can be reached at 843-915-5150 and can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

 



Hurricane Matthew Update for October 9 @ 3 p.m.

Date: October 9, 2016

Time: 3 p.m.

Hurricane Matthew Update:

  • All Horry County Government offices and courts will remain closed Monday, October 10, 2016.  All essential personnel will continue to report for duty.  Circuit Court jurors for this week have been excused as have the jurors for the Myrtle Beach Civil Term of Court.  
  • As numbers of people in shelters have diminished (971 as of 6 p.m. last night to just 468 as of noon this afternoon), the seven area shelters are being consolidated.  In addition, Beach Church located at 557 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach will open at 4 p.m. to serve as a shelter for potential river flooding residents.
  • All Horry County Solid Waste Authority offices and recycling centers will be closed today.  Those that are safely able to open will do so during their normal hours tomorrow. Residents of unincorporated Horry County should utilize the recycling center closest to them to dispose of storm debris.  If your yard/tree debris is larger than six inches in diameter and four feet in length, you must bring the debris to the landfill located at 1886 Highway 90.  If you live within the limits of an incorporated municipality, you should contact municipal officials regarding their debris cleanup procedures.
  • 163+ roads closed and/or impassable
  • Properties along the Waccamaw River & Intracoastal Waterway are asked to monitor river levels closely as they are rising fast.  The rivers are currently at major flood stage and could continue to rise.  Flooding will be similar to the October 2015 floods.  Residents in these areas should prepare now if they plan on evacuating their property. For information or assistance, citizens in the City of Conway can call 843-488-7664 and Horry County residents should call 843-915-5150.
  • The curfew for unincorporated Horry County remains in effect from this evening at 6 p.m. until tomorrow morning (October 10) at 6 a.m.

 Horry County Emergency Management can be reached at 843-915-5150 and can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

 



Hurricane Matthew Update: Shelters Being Consolidated

Date: October 7, 2016

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Conway, South Carolina- Due to low occupancy at some area shelters, locations are being consolidated.  Residents who need to go to a shelter should go to the following seven (of 14) locations:

Horry County Shelters Open

1.      Aynor High School

2.      Conway High School

3.      Green Sea Floyds Middle and High School

4.      Loris High School

5.      North Myrtle Beach High

6.      Palmetto Bay Elementary School

7.      Whittemore Park Middle

 

The following shelters are on standby:

Horry County Shelters on stand-by

1.      Aynor Elementary School

2.      Aynor Middle School

3.      Blackwater Middle School

4.      Green Sea Floyds Elementary

5.      Loris Elementary School

6.      Loris Middle School

7.      Pee Dee Elementary

 

The shelter consolidation will allow for the best possible service to those that have evacuated.

 

For more information, call Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150 or visit Horry County’s website.  Horry County Emergency Management can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

 



Coast RTA To Assist With Evacuations


Conway, South Carolina-With the delivery of Gov Haley’s executive order for evacuation, Coast RTA will begin evacuation services at noon TODAY. Please see the attached release regarding the list of bus stops served during the evacuation and tips for shelters. Anyone needing special transportation should call our customer service to discuss options (843.488.0865 – in press release). Pets are not allowed at shelters.
 
All service announcements will be made via social media platforms, media outlets and our Customer Service.

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