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Horry County moves to OPCON 4

HORRY COUNTY (WMBF) - Horry County has moved to OPCON 4 due to continuing flood issues. OPCON 4 means that flooding still poses a threat to Horry County, however the Waccamaw River is receding and the situation is becoming more stabilized. Monday is also the last day for the FEMA Intake Registration Location at the Conway Recreation Center located on Millpond Road.  This location will be open until 7 p.m. 

OPCON or operating conditions are from 1 to 5 with 5 being normal or standard conditions. The county is currently transitioning from a response mode, which means they will be able to relieve some of those assets given by the state and federal government.

According to county spokesperson Lisa Bourcier, because some people are still affected by the flooding they are keeping their emergency operations center open on a 24-hour basis, but they are limiting the emergency response functions. They are also keeping security checkpoints along the Waccamaw.

The Horry County Police will continue to staff eight security checkpoints along the Waccamaw River around the clock. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Horry County Police will also continue to provide boat patrols along the Waccamaw.

"And until those residents are able to get back into their homes we'll keep those officers there,” said Bourcier. “So maybe mid-week or until the end of week, we may be able to demobilize them."

The four security checkpoints in the Socastee area of Horry County have been discontinued; property owners in those areas are now able to access their properties.

FEMA has Disaster Recovery Centers currently open at the North Strand Recreation Center in Little River and the South Strand Recreation Center in Lane in Myrtle Beach.  Both DRCs are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. until further notice.

Although the FEMA registration will be closing in Conway, people affected can still visit the other FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in the county, at the North Strand Recreation Center in Little River and the South Strand Recreation Center in Myrtle Beach.  Both DRCs are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. The centers are also there for additional resources, such as legal, financial assistance, counseling or even help with short term renting. 

"A lot of people too, may assume they may not qualify so they don't do anything or not even call that number,” said Bourcier. “But we are really trying to encourage people to make than contact with FEMA, because there could be services that are offered to them and financial assistance they may think isn't."

Flood survivors can also register by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.  Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time, seven days a week until further notice. 

Applicants may also register online at with any computer, smartphone or tablet at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.” Survivors may also choose to visit a Horry County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Additional flooding information can be found on Horry County’s official website at http://www.horrycounty.org

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