HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County moved to OPCON 5 at 10 a.m. Wednesday due to continuing flood issues, a spokesperson said. The OPCON 5 designation means the county is operating under normal conditions; however the HCEOC is activated 24 hours a day with limited Emergency Support Functions.
Horry County police continue to staff security checkpoints along the Waccamaw River around the clock, according to Horry County officials. The four checkpoints in Socastee were discontinued as of Monday, as property owners in those areas could access their properties. The SCDNR and HCPD continue to provide boat patrols along the Waccamaw.
FEMA continues operating two Disaster Recovery Centers at the North Strand Recreation Center in Little River and the South Strand Recreation Center in Myrtle Beach. Both are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.
To date, over 2,500 people have registered for FEMA aid in Horry County, and have received over $1.5 million in individual and household assistance. More than $340,000 has been given for rental assistance for those affected by the flood.
Flood victims are encouraged to register their flood damage and apply for aid by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. They can also register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.