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HCPD, SCDNR continue to patrol previously flooded neighborhoods

HCPD officer patrols Lees Landing Monday (Source: Amy Lipman) HCPD officer patrols Lees Landing Monday (Source: Amy Lipman)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County police are no longer manning checkpoints at previously flooded neighborhoods, but a law enforcement presence remains to keep property safe.

Horry County Police Lt. Raul Denis said water has receded in all of the areas and people have access to their homes again, so checkpoints aren’t being staffed anymore. Now, officers are instead doing directed patrols in the neighborhoods.

Those patrols are meant to discourage criminal activity.

Denis said they’re less of a burden on the department because each individual post doesn’t have to be staffed 24 hours a day. However, he added each officer has an assigned position that must be filled every day, so the patrols are still a bit of a burden since the officers who are doing them are working overtime.

Several South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officers are still patrolling the Waccamaw River on both sides of Conway as well as the Intracoastal Waterway, said SCDNR Sgt. Nate Hutson.

They’re making sure people going up to houses are supposed to be there and also asking people to be mindful of wake so as not to worsen the flood damage and cause more cleanup.

They’re also monitoring the street side of neighborhoods and driving through all of them daily to talk to people about what they need.

SCDNR officers will continue patrolling until they’re instructed to resume normal operations, Hutson said.

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