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Horry County Moves to OPCON 1 for Second Winter Storm

February 13, 2014   12 p.m.


Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 1(OPCON 1), which puts the county at “Disaster Operations” stage. Horry County has activated its emergency operational plans and is being managed by Horry County Emergency Management’s Command Staff. Horry County has NOT opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC), but county officials will be monitoring conditions throughout the cleanup process.

Issues throughout the county continue to be downed tree limbs, causing roads to be blocked and downed power lines. Some of the hardest hit locations are Conway, Aynor, Loris and Green Sea. Sporadic power outages continue and residents should contact their local power provider to report any outages. Drivers are urged to use caution due to tree debris and downed power lines.

The county’s priority will remain clearing roads of debris for vehicle access, stabilizing the county road network, and removing vegetative debris from the county-maintained public right-of-ways.

Residents in the unincorporated areas of Horry County who need to dispose of their yard debris due to the winter storm, can take it to one of the 24 recycling centers and a link to the locations of the centers can be viewed at http://www.solidwasteauthority.org/recyclingcenters.html. Horry County does not provide curbside trash pick-up services, as the unincorporated millage pays for the 24 recycling centers located throughout Horry County. The Horry County Solid Waste Authority is prepared to handle the large volume of vegetative debris that is expected to be disposed of at the centers.

Due to warmer weather conditions expected this weekend, homeowners are urged to use extreme caution when burning vegetative debris that has fallen from the winter storm.
• Before doing any burning, establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five-feet wide around any burn barrels and even wider around brush piles and other piled debris tobe burned. The larger the debris pile, the wider the control line that is needed to ensure that burning materials won’t be blown or roll off the pile into vegetation outside the line.
• Stay with all outdoor fires, until they are completely out.
• Keep water and hand tools ready in case your fire should attempt to spread.
• Homeowners are responsible for the control of their outdoor fires.



Horry County Moves to OPCON 3 for Second Winter Storm

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 3 (OPCON 3) in preparation of continuous wintry weather over the next 24 hours. OPCON 3 puts Horry County on “Standby” status, as county officials continue to monitor storm activity. Horry County has activated its operational plans and will continue to keep everyone aware of any changes in the forecast and will take appropriate actions when necessary. Horry County has NOT opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC), but county officials will be monitoring conditions throughout the evening and tomorrow.



Issues throughout the county are iced trees and tree limbs which are falling, causing roads to be blocked and downed power lines. Sporadic power outages are likely overnight and possibly into tomorrow and residents should contact their local power provider to report any outages. Drivers are urged to use caution due to tree debris and downed power lines. Drivers should also use caution overnight when traveling over overpasses and on bridges.





Horry County Remains at OPCON 4 for Second Winter Storm

February 11, 2014    4:30 PM

 

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County will remain at Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of wintry weather over the next couple of days. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, and will continue to monitor the storm closely. Horry County is reviewing all operational plans and will keep everyone aware of any changes in the forecast and will take appropriate action when necessary.


The following county schedule changes are:
  • All family, circuit, magistrate, magistrate jury and probate court hearings will be canceled on Wednesday, February 12.

The western parts of Horry County (Bucksport, Conway, Loris, Aynor, Gallivants Ferry and Green Sea) will begin to experience a wintry mix of rain and sleet tomorrow morning until about noon, where the precipitation is expected to turn back into rain. Parts of Horry County may also experience potential power outages from knocked down tree limbs. As always depending on the actual track of the system, things can change one way or another so Horry County will continue to monitor the event and be ready to make any adjustments as needed.

Horry County Emergency Management Division urges everyone to continue proper precautions such as:

  • Remember the usual emergency supplies: a flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra non-perishable food and water, extra medicines and baby items, and first-aid supplies.
  • Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes that lack heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measure to insulate them from the cold.
  • Prepare a place indoors for pets. Move farm animals to shelters and have extra feed and water available.
  • Residents are encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and cold temperatures. 
  • Use caution when traveling on roads. 
  • Use caution when walking in parking lots and on sidewalks.
  • Check with airlines as flights may be delayed or canceled.

For more information on winter weather safety tips for your family and pets, please log onto the American Red Cross website.



Horry County Continues to Monitor Winter Storm

January 28, 2014 

Update: 4:00 p.m.

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 1(OPCON 1) in preparation of wintry weather over the next couple of days. OPCON 1 level means an emergency situation is in effect.


Also, all Horry County offices and facilities will open Wednesday, January 29, at 12 p.m.(noon).  Other county government office information is as follows:

• All family, circuit, magistrate, probate, and magistrate jury courts will be cancelled for Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

• Circuit court jurors from Monday, January 27, 2014,’s cases should report to court at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, January 30, 2014.
• Those that had Family Court cases scheduled for Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29, will be notified of the rescheduled date.

Horry County will begin to experience deteriorating conditions throughout the evening and into the morning to include a mix of freezing rain and sleet. Western parts of Horry County could see 2-4 inches of sleet/snow and ice levels on local roads could reach 1/3 to ½ inch throughout the winter storm event, which could create dangerous driving conditions and potential power outages from knocked down tree limbs. 

Horry County Public Works will begin treating heavily travelled, county-maintained roads and bridges with sand as needed and will be prepared to remove any debris that may fall in the roadways. 

Horry County Emergency Management urges everyone to continue proper precautions such as: 

• Citizens unaccustomed to dealing with life-threatening aspects of severe cold should remember to keep exposure to cold weather to a minimum. Frostbite is harmful and painful. Hypothermia, or low body temperature, can be lethal, and it is particularly hard on infants and the elderly. When the weather turns cold, don't go outdoors unless you have to. If you must go out, dress in layers and cover your ears, head and hands. Remember, high wind speeds dramatically increase the effects of cold temperatures by increasing the "wind chill factor."
• Stock up on heating fuel and prepare emergency heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters. (WARNING: Never burn charcoal briquettes indoors.) 
• Remember the usual emergency supplies: a flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra non-perishable food and water, extra medicines and baby items, and first-aid supplies.
• Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes that lack heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measure to insulate them from the cold.
• Prepare a place indoors for pets. Move farm animals to shelters and have extra feed and water available.
• Be aware of possible carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire if using alternative sources for electricity, heating or cooking. 
• Residents are encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and cold temperatures. 
• Use caution when traveling on roads.  

For more information on winter weather safety tips for your family and pets, please log onto the American Red Cross website



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