Winter storm's effects on Horry County minimal

Winter storm's effects on Horry County minimal

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County experienced more of the rain than the ice of Friday's storm, which minimized road issues and potential damage.

Emergency Management Director Randy Webster said his department is still paying attention to possible problems.

In particular, Webster said the ground is already saturated from recent rainfall, so there is the risk of flooding on roads. Everything was clear as of Friday afternoon, he said.

Webster also said the level of the Waccamaw River has gone back down again after cresting during the week, so he doesn't anticipate any immediate problems there. He said the full potential for river flooding will be calculated later.

Emergency management will continue monitoring the situation throughout the weekend and coordinating with SCDOT to close roads if necessary.

"I feel pretty comfortable with the road network, so it's really just a wait and see game right now and just making sure we're on top of it if something does happen," Webster said.

South Carolina Highway Patrol has also seen minimal accidents and traffic issues in Horry County from the weather, Cpl. Sonny Collins said.

Horry County hasn't received any requests for assistance from other parts of the state, but Webster said county employees will be ready to help if those do start coming in.

The American Red Cross chapter in Myrtle Beach has a team on standby to go to Rock Hill if more warming shelters are needed.

"With the ice starting to form up in Rock Hill, our teams won't deploy until it becomes a post-storm event if they have long-term sheltering due to the weather up there," said Lou Palm, disaster manager for the Eastern South Carolina Chapter.

Palm said the October floods taught the organization to be more proactive in planning relief efforts.

For example, the chapter started calling volunteers Thursday and getting deployment supplies together.

Water, blankets, kitchen supplies, containers to keep food warm and other items needed to open a warming shelter are already packed in a disaster relief truck.

The chapter will help the city of Conway with its warming shelter over the weekend in the Collins Park building on 16th Avenue.

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