Members of Rosewood community protest outside of Horry County Council meeting

Members of Rosewood community protest outside of Horry County Council meeting 11 pm

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Tuesday’s Horry County Council meeting attracted some protesters from the Rosewood community.

The residents gathered outside the Horry County Government and Justice Center ahead of the meeting with signs that said “Do Your Job!” and “Levee breach.”

“We are protesting the infrastructure, all the new growth and the building," Melissa Krupa, a Rosewood resident said. "We need to stop that until they get this flooding under control. You know they are building and building and bringing new people in here and not worried about the ones that are already here and it has to stop.. we have to stop it.”

These community members want the county to address flooding concerns in their neighborhood, and were upset the council took them off Tuesday night’s agenda, postponing the discussion until January.

While the protesters weren’t allowed to talk during the council meeting others addressed the council about the flooding.

“We have been telling you and telling you. Growth is great, I am a product of growth, but what is happening now is dangerous,” one woman said during the meeting.

The county says they’ve listened to what its citizens are saying and said they’re working on a plan for the next time flooding of this magnitude occurs.

“There are folks who are still in the recovery process," Kelly Moore, Horry County Public Information Officer. "We have had community meetings and we have done community outreach. We are also building a flood resiliency plan and that is something that is going to be discussed over the coming year.”

The Horry County Council was set to discuss a variety of topics Tuesday, from redevelopment and Horry County becoming autism friendly, to the tethering of dogs.

The protesters said they hope to be on the January agenda to speak on the issues they believe is causing flooding to get worse.

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