Horry County to open hotline for Irene

From Horry County

HORR COUNTY, SC Horry County will open its Road & Drainage Hotline (381-8000) Saturday morning, between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for citizens to report damage to roads and road debris, or drainage and flooding issues. Hours may be extended depending on the extent of the storm's impact on our area.

Residents can also call 248-1520 to report non-life threatening, storm related issues overnight. Please only call 9-1-1 for emergencies ONLY.

Horry County officials will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irene overnight. The National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Warning for our area, and Horry County is likely to experience Tropical Storm Force winds (40-50 MPH) late tonight through Saturday morning. The rain estimate for our area is two to four inches. Over the next several days, beachgoers will experience rough surf conditions, with an increase in rip currents.

Residents are asked to do the following:

  • Stay indoors and limit your travel this evening throughout Saturday morning as high winds are expected.
  • Remove objects from yards that are not tied down like patio furniture, bird baths, bikes, garbage cans, etc.
  • Use EXTREME caution on the beaches throughout the weekend due to rough surf and an increase in rip currents.
  • Stay tuned to your local media for updated weather conditions.
  • If you are traveling by air, please check with the airline to confirm times as delays and cancellations may occur.

Horry County remains at Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of Hurricane Irene. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on "Alert" status. Horry County will continue to monitor the storm closely and review all operational plans.  Horry County Emergency Management will continue to keep the public aware of changes in the forecast and appropriate action will be taken as necessary.

Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County's website at www.horrycounty.org. Located on the right side of the home page you will see a link called Hurricane Information. This link contains information on how to prepare for an emergency, evacuation routes and maps, shelters, re-entry information, etc. Follow Horry County Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook.