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Horry County News and Announcements


New Features Available on Horry County App, HCConnect

Horry County Government officials announced the release of a new version of HCConnect, the official app for Horry County Government, adding several additional features.

These latest features give users the opportunity to engage in new ways including:

  • Sharing updates from the app on social media platforms
  • Providing feedback with ability to “like” zoning cases in the Planning and Zoning feed
  • Signing up for push notification reminders of upcoming County Council and County Council Committee meetings
  • Reviewing recent social media posts with important updates, safety information and other county news

“Now, more than ever before, users are connecting with Horry County Government online and looking for safe, efficient ways to interact with local government organizations,” said IT/GIS Director Tim Oliver. “We are continuing to develop new features that we think will appeal to our users and allow them to engage with us.”

Users who already have the app downloaded should update the app to see this new functionality. The latest version of HCConnect is now available for free download in the App Store and on Google Play.

HCConnect was created to provide a technology platform to inform, engage, and connect with the people of Horry County. This is a first of its kind app, developed completely in house, creating a direct channel for citizen driven communication and feedback.

If you are on a mobile device, click here to download the app. 

Carolina Forest Boulevard Lane Closures Week of February 3, 2020

Carolina Forest Boulevard Widening Project: Lane Closures this Week

Weather permitting, there will be lane closures along Carolina Forest Boulevard from Stoney Falls Boulevard to Surgeons Drive Monday, February 3, 2020 through Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. for drainage work.

Drivers in the area are encouraged to use extra caution and obey all traffic control devices. Motorists should plan for potential delays and drive slowly in the area for their safety and the safety of the crews working.

Horry County Emergency Operations Center Closes, County Returns to OPCON 3


As of 6:00 p.m. on September 6, 2019, the Horry County Emergency Operations Center will close following Hurricane Dorian and the county will return to OPCON 3, normal daily operations. The phone bank will close at 6:00 p.m. today as well.

Other items of interest:

  • The Governor’s evacuation order for Zone A has been lifted and reentry is underway.
  • Shelters will close at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
  • Horry County Government will resume normal operations on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
  • Coast RTA will resume normal operations beginning Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Horry County operates on new OPCON levels

OPCON THREE - Normal Daily Operations

Agencies plan, train, coordinate and exercise as needed. Incidents are monitored by the county warning point and county emergency management.

OPCON TWO - Enhanced Awareness

A disaster or emergency is likely to affect the county. Emergency operations plans are implemented. The County Emergency Operations Center is partially activated if necessary.

OPCON ONE - Full Alert

A disaster or emergency is imminent or occurring. The County Emergency Operations Center is fully activated. Emergency response personnel are activated

Governor Lifts Evacuation Order in Horry County


Governor Henry McMaster has lifted the evacuation order for all residents in Zone A in Horry County effective at 10:00 a.m. today, Friday, September 6.

While the weather conditions have improved in Horry County, motorists should be cautious of fallen trees, downed power lines, and standing water in and around roadways. Limited power outages continue to affect the area, and returning citizens may experience outages.

Horry County Government Resumes Normal Operations Tomorrow


The Horry County Memorial Libraries, Horry County Parks and Recreation Centers, and the Horry County Museum and Living History Farm will resume normal operations on Saturday, September 7. Horry County Government's offices, and all circuit/family and magistrates courts will be open on a normal operating schedule on Monday, September 9, 2019.

The Public Safety Committee meeting and the Infrastructure and Regulation Committee meeting scheduled to take place next week on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 have been cancelled. 

The Horry County Phone Bank is currently operational and can be reached at 843-915-5150.