CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Right now, communities are trying to get back on track following Hurricane Florence. One of the biggest concerns is traffic with Horry County Schools now back in session. HCS welcomed over 40,000 students back into the classroom Tuesday morning, which means more cars are out on the roads for drop off and pick up. Therefore, police are asking drivers to pack some patience as things go back to normal.
Many students and their families are still recovering from the devastating flooding left behind by Florence. Many streets are still shut down as we await water levels to recede. That’s why Chief Dale Long with Conway police said the department met with the principal of Conway Elementary School and a bus supervisor to develop a plan for the mornings. Long said their main goal is to keep traffic moving. Officials say overall, Tuesday morning’s school traffic was a success. While authorities are working on ironing out school traffic in the area, downtown Conway is still in the works to get back on track.
“We still have not succeeded at getting the downtown area completely back to normal, but it’s because of those pinch points with that construction and having only one lane through there. But getting back to a normal routine I think is very helpful for the citizens, for the schools, for the kids and once we get that traffic kind of normalized again, it will settle itself out after we get these things kind of squared away back to a routine,” said Long.
Chief Long said they are doing the best they can to get the community back to its normal routine. He said officers will be present to help monitor all school traffic in the mornings and afternoon. Conway police stress that drivers should plan ahead for delays and look for alternate routes both for business and school traffic for the next several days.
“If you’re in the school traffic, just understand that it’s going to be a little longer than normal. And I know our partner here at the schools are not watching those bells quite as stringently as they normally do, simply because you know, the buses are caught up in traffic, so they’re running late. Parents are caught up with kids, they’re running late - you know, as we work to get the roadways open back up, it will get back to normal and things will be okay. But in the interim, just be patient, leave early and avoid the congested areas if you possibly can,” said Long.
In the meantime, Chief Long is asking people to pack some patience and avoid congested areas if you can.