Horry County crews still picking up debris, but not on private roads

Horry County crews still picking up debris, but not on private roads

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County tried to strike a deal with FEMA that would allow crews to go into private neighborhoods and private roads to pick up debris. But the deal fell through. So if your home is not on a county-maintained road, you'll have to do away with the debris yourself.

An emergency ordinance was proposed last month by county council to allow crews onto private roads due to special circumstances. WMBF was told the requirements were nearly impossible to meet.

The effort would have required the county to research ownership, acquire signatures, and to acquire insurance from every property owner along each of the estimated 2,000 private roads. An Horry County spokesperson says FEMA was unwilling to reduce those requirements, which would have postponed the cleanup process well into 2017. County crews recently finished the first of two cleanup cycles, with the second beginning this week.

"We were assuming from what we heard on the news and read in the paper that the county would be coming around to collect the debris," said Russ Dybowski, the POA in charge of the Amberfield subdivision.

Dybowski does not live on a private road, but says the county has still not been through his neighborhood.

"I called several weeks ago and talked to a representative of the county and they said we were not on the pickup schedule yet."

The Amberfield community is in Socastee, one of the first stops for cleanup crews who recently made their way through the county. A spokesperson with Horry county says major damage areas like Rosewood and others have been cleared, but some may still need assistance.

"We assumed that sooner or later they're going to pick it up, unfortunately it's become much later and we have quite a bit of debris still sitting around on our curbs," said Dybowski.

Horry County officials say crews will be making a second run through the county and if you still have debris, to make sure it's out on the curb and ready to be picked up.  Officials say it's also important to make sure to call the Horry County Debris hotline at 843-340-9536 and give your address so that crews will know where to go.

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