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Today’s Scheduled Meetings for Horry County Government Canceled

Conway, South Carolina – Due to inclement weather, all Horry County Government public meetings scheduled for Thursday, January 4, including the Planning Commission and Imagine 2040 Steering Committee meetings, have been canceled. 

The most up-to-date information on Horry County Government operations can be found on the County’s website at www.horrycounty.org



Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation for the anticipated winter storm. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means county officials are constantly monitoring the situation and have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and local municipalities. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning effective from 11 a.m. Wednesday morning through 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Anticipated impacts include two to three inches of snow and the potential for ice, especially near the coast, making travel dangerous.

Residents of Horry County should continue winter safety precautions, including:

  • Citizens unaccustomed to dealing with life-threatening aspects of severe cold should remember to keep exposure 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."
  • 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 measures 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.
  • NEVER operate a portable generator indoors.
  • 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 extra caution when traveling on bridges, overpasses, and infrequently traveled roadways, which tend to freeze first. Even at above freezing temperatures, if the conditions are wet, motorists may encounter ice in shady or exposed roadways (bridges).
  • Monitor local media for the most up to date storm related information.  

For more information on winter weather safety tips for your family and pets, please log onto the American Red Cross website at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm.



Horry County Recycling Centers Extend Sunday Hours for Winter Storm Debris

Conway, South Carolina

- 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 (except Ketchuptown Recycling Center, which does not accept yard waste) and a link to the locations of the centers can be viewed

HERE. 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. Additional information regarding the Horry County Solid Waste Authority is as follows:

• All Horry County Recycling Centers normally open on Sundays will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to accept storm debris from residents only on Sunday, February 22. Contractors, landscapers and lawn care companies should utilize the Horry County landfill for disposal of storm debris.
• Residents utilizing the recycling centers are asked to cut all tree limbs into pieces no larger than 4' in length.

Private property owners in the unincorporated areas of Horry County are responsible for the removal of their own yard debris. Please do not place any yard debris in the county right-of-ways, as it will NOT be picked up. 

When trimming or removing trees, please use the following safety tips:
Stay Alert at All Times!
• Do not trim trees in dangerous weather conditions.
• Perform a hazard assessment of the work area before starting work.
• Eliminate or minimize exposure to hazards at the tree and in the surrounding area.
• Operators of chain saws and other equipment should be trained and the equipment properly maintained.
• Use personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, hearing protection, etc., recommended in the equipment manufacturer’s operating manual.
• Inspect tree limbs for strength and stability before climbing. Tree trimmers working aloft must use appropriate fall protection.
• Do not climb with tools in your hands.
• If broken trees are under pressure, determine the direction of the pressure and make small cuts to release it.
• Never turn your back on a falling tree.
• Be alert and avoid objects thrown back by a tree as it falls.

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. State law requires that property owners notify the South Carolina Forestry Commission prior to burning outdoors by calling toll free at 1-800-986-5405. In most cases, the law applies to burning leaves, limbs and branches that owners clean up from their yard. The notification law does not apply within town or city limits.

Homeowners should follow the below safety precautions:
• The law requires property owners to clear a firebreak around the burning site and have the right equipment available to keep the fire under control.
• 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 to be 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.
• You must also stay with the fire until it is completely safe.
• 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 5

February 14, 2014    12 p.m.

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 5 (OPCON 5), which puts the county at normal operating conditions.


Issues throughout the county continue to be downed tree limbs causing some rural roads to be blocked. Some of the hardest hit locations were Conway, Aynor, Loris and Green Sea. Drivers are still urged to use caution due to tree and vegetative debris that may still be in the roadways.

The county’s priority will remain clearing county maintained roads of debris for vehicle access (99 percent cleared to-date), stabilizing the county road network, and removing vegetative debris from the county-maintained public right-of-ways, which may take up to two months due to the size of the county.

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 HERE. 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.  Additional information regarding the Horry County Solid Waste Authority is as follows:

• Horry County Solid Waste Authority Landfill will be open on Sunday, February 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.to accept vegetative storm debris only. The tipping fee for storm debris disposal at the landfill is $14.00 per ton.
• All Horry County Recycling Centers normally open on Sundays will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to accept storm debris from residents only. Contractors, landscapers and lawn care companies should utilize the Horry County landfill for disposal of storm debris.
• Residents utilizing the recycling centers are asked to cut all tree limbs into pieces no larger than 4' in length.
Private property owners in the unincorporated areas of Horry County are responsible for the removal of their own yard debris.

When trimming or removing trees, please use the following safety tips:
Stay Alert at All Times!
• Do not trim trees in dangerous weather conditions.
• Perform a hazard assessment of the work area before starting work.
• Eliminate or minimize exposure to hazards at the tree and in the surrounding area.
• Operators of chain saws and other equipment should be trained and the equipment properly maintained.
• Use personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, hearing protection, etc., recommended in the equipment manufacturer’s operating manual.
• Inspect tree limbs for strength and stability before climbing. Tree trimmers working aloft must use appropriate fall protection.
• Do not climb with tools in your hands.
• If broken trees are under pressure, determine the direction of the pressure and make small cuts to release it.
• Never turn your back on a falling tree.
• Be alert and avoid objects thrown back by a tree as it falls.

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. State law requires that property owners notify the South Carolina Forestry Commission prior to burning outdoors by calling toll free at 1-800-986-5405. In most cases, the law applies to burning leaves, limbs and branches that owners clean up from their yard. The notification law does not apply within town or city limits.

Homeowners should follow the below safety precautions:
• The law requires property owners to clear a firebreak around the burning site and have the right equipment available to keep the fire under control.
• 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 to be 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.
• You must also stay with the fire until it is completely safe.
• 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 Remains at OPCON 4 for Second Winter Storm

February 12, 2014  5:30 a.m.

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 for Wednesday, February 12, 2014, are:  All Horry County offices and facilities will open on a 2-hour delay. In addition, the offices will open at 10 a.m.  In addition, all family, circuit, magistrate, magistrate jury and probate court hearings will be canceled.

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.

















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