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Citizen Input Requested Regarding Flood Resilience Plan

Horry County is developing a plan to help address riverine flooding impacts from tropical systems, such as Hurricane Florence. As part of this planning process, the public is being asked to participate in public meetings that are scheduled for the week of October 21.

Assisting the County in preparing this plan is a team of consultants with specific expertise in building coastal resilience to extreme weather events. This consultant team is led by Tom Jost of Sherwood Design Engineers. Three other consulting groups are also part of the project team. These include ONE Architecture, Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, and CASE Consultants International. Information about each firm, including a link to each firm’s webpage, follows.

Sherwood Design Engineers is a civil engineering firm committed to the integration of infrastructure, design, and the environment, with a particular focus on implementing resilient coastlines. Sherwood has offices in New York, California, Texas, and Georgia.

ONE Architecture is a design and planning firm with offices in Amsterdam and New York which is known for its unique approach in which financial, technical, and organizational issues are addressed and resolved through design.

The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University takes a worldwide view of modern coastal processes and geologic hazards, examines the scientific basis for managing developed shorelines in a time of rising sea level and advocates for the development and implementation of responsible strategies, plans, policies and actions that promote the long-term sustainability of our nation’s coastal ecosystems.

CASE Consultants International applies Climate Arts and Sciences Expertise to inform real-world decisions in climate adaptation, sustainability, and resilience. Based in Asheville, NC, CASE connects science to solutions. 

According to Courtney Frappaolo, Horry County’s Director of Community Development, "The consultant team will bring a great deal of expertise in environmental engineering, resilient architectural and urban design, and community planning to the problems that Horry County faces from hurricanes and tropical storms. Scientific evidence shows that these big storms are producing more rain than ever and are moving more slowly across land and water, creating more flooding and, consequently, more property damage. We are taking action now to help our community minimize the effects of future storms.”

During the week of October 21, there will be three public engagement sessions in three different locations around the County. Each session will take place from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.The meeting dates and locations are provided below:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Socastee High School, 4900 Socastee Blvd, Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

North Strand Recreation Center, 120 State Hwy 57 S, Little River

Thursday, October 24, 2019

James R. Frazier Community Center, 1370 Bucksport Rd, Bucksport

Consultant team leader, Tom Jost says, “We hope that all interested parties will be able to attend one or more of these meetings. While our team has extensive experience, we know that the real expertise lies in the experiences of Horry County citizens. Over the past four years, major flooding has occurred from hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Florence. We want to hear how these storms have affected your homes and businesses, as well as what ideas you may have for addressing these impacts. If you cannot attend, we will make survey forms available for you at the Horry County website so that your comments and ideas can be considered.”



Horry County to Conduct Aerial Mosquito Spraying

Conway, South Carolina-Horry County will conduct mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following areas

  • August 14 & August 15 – Bucksport, Pee Dee Highway, Pitch Landing and Hwy 378 areas (if weather prevents the flight, the alternate date is August 16 and/or August 20).

Aerial spraying will be conducted 30-minutes prior to sunset, weather permitting. 

The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals.  Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying.  In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating.

To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies.  In addition, citizens who need to request spraying in their area can contact the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000.



Horry County Mosquito Truck Spraying

Conway, SC-- Horry County will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the unincorporated areas of the county. Mosquito spraying takes place April through November and the typical spray schedule for trucks is Monday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals. Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying. In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating.

To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies. In addition, citizens who need to request spraying in their area can contact the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000.



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.



Horry County Awarded A First Annual EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award

Conway, South Carolina - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Horry County with the regional 2014 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Crabtree Swamp Restoration Project in Conway, South Carolina. The award was given at an award ceremony yesterday during the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Crabtree restoration effort consisted of two projects focusing on a strategy of controlling sediment transport to address fecal bacteria, dissolved oxygen, and to reduce turbidity. The effects of urbanization had greatly altered the Crabtree canal, leading to increased runoff volumes, peak flow rates, flooding, and water quality impairments. The projects utilized a two-stage design to reconnect the canal with the remnant hardwood floodplain via a gently sloping riparian bench. The new channel configuration provides for flood storage and bank stabilization, and increased biological habitat. Monitoring efforts have demonstrated water quality improvements as result of the project.

The EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence in the implementation of stormwater green infrastructure practices. Green infrastructure uses natural systems and/or engineered systems designed to mimic natural processes to more effectively manage urban stormwater and reduce receiving water impacts. EPA and its partner organizations have promoted the use of green infrastructure for many years as part of a comprehensive approach to achieving healthier waters. Green infrastructure reduces the volume of stormwater discharges by managing rainwater close to where it falls and removes many of the pollutants present in runoff, making it an effective strategy for addressing wet weather pollution and improving water quality.

Additional information on Horry County’s stormwater project can be found HERE.

*Release contributed by Dawn Harris Young, EPA.



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