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GEORGETOWN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Update Sept 25, 2018

ACCORDING TO GEORGETOWN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR SAM HODGE, WE SHOULD EXPECT TO SEE MODERATE FLOODING TODAY, TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, WITH MAJOR FLOODING TO OCCUR WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY. STAY TUNED TO THE GEORGETOWN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FACEBOOK PAGE OR GEORGETOWN COUNTY FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES.

Georgetown County Emergency Management Facebook Page

Georgetown County Facebook Page

SCE&G – CITY OF GEORGETOWN

City of Georgetown:  SCE&G is cutting off natural gas service to Front St. and everything from Eat Bay St. to the marsh in the historic district of Georgetown. This area may need to be expanded as far as Meeting St. Customers will receive automated messages about service change, and workers are knocking on doors to talk with homeowners as they prepare to cut service. SCE&G is working with business customers on Front St. to accommodate any requests to help them remain open for the rest of the day. This action is necessary to prevent damage to meters and regulators and limit the amount of time it will take to get service restored after flooding.(From Georgetown County Emergency Management)

BRIDGES

As of 10:24 am on 9/25, US 17 and all bridges are open and we currently have no reason to believe that this will change today. We are monitoring the water level and will work with SCDOT to determine when or if the bridges need to be closed. When that decision is made we will provide as much advance notice as possible. (From Georgetown County Emergency Management)

TIDELANDS HEALTH

The Emergency Room at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital will remain open throughout the flooding event to serve the community. As previously shared, we are relocating inpatients at the Georgetown Hospital to Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital for their care and comfort.

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Health outpatient locations also continue to operate normally.

For the latest updates, monitor the county’s Emergency Management Facebook Page or visit tidelandshealth.org(From Georgetown County Emergency Management)

COUNTY TO OFFER ON-DEMAND TRANSPORTATION TO EVACUATION SHELTERS TUESDAY

Georgetown County will provide free transportation on Tuesday for county residents who need help reaching emergency evacuation shelters. This will be the only time the county will offer shelter transportation for this flooding event.

On-demand transportation to the county’s shelters in Georgetown and Pawleys Island will be available on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from noon until 4 p.m. It is imperative that anyone who needs to evacuate and is unable to arrange to reach an emergency shelter on their own request a pick-up during these hours. There will not be another opportunity provided to obtain door-to-door transportation to evacuation shelters after 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Anyone wishing to request transportation to a shelter should call (843) 545-3195 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule a ride.

SHELTERS

  • Both locations will have sections that accept pets. However, the following conditions are imposed for those coming in with pets.
  • Pets must be crated to be admitted. This goes for dogs, cats and any other animals brought in.
    Pets must be attended at all times by the person(s) bringing them in. That person will be responsible for all the pet’s care, including feeding, walking, etc.
  • People should bring food, medication and any other items pets will need while being sheltered.
  • Those coming to shelters should also bring anything their families will need during their stay, including bedding, snacks, games and activities for children, etc.
  • For those who would prefer to look for rental accommodations, hotels and vacation homes on the Waccamaw Neck and in the Myrtle Beach area are outside the flood zone and open for business. Additionally, some are offering discounts for evacuees.(CHAMBER NOTE:  See CHAMBER NOTES at the end of this email for a link to a list of accommodations providers that have contacted the Chamber concerning evacuees.)
  • For more information on shelters and other flood-related matters, please visit www.gtcounty.org or call 843-545-3273.

From Georgetowncountysc.org, posted Sept. 24, 6 p.m.

 

LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS

In support of our friends and neighbors who are facing difficulties, many of our accommodations partners are open offering special rates for flood evacuees. Please note: availability of special rates changes frequently, so businesses listed at the time of this email may be sold out of special rates when you call.

Click HERE for a list.

 

PLACES TO PARK CARS

Places to park cars are available. Click HERE for a list.

ROAD CLOSURES

For the best information, go to:

SAFETY

Do not drive through standing water. Turn around. Don’t drown. PLEASE, do not drive around barricades or move them.

SCDNR Flood Approximations Map

PLEASE NOTE: The information depicted on this map regarding flood conditions on the Black River, as well as the 701 bridge over the Black River, is incorrect. Please disregard data in that region.  Click here: SCDNR Flood Approximations Map

You can also call the Georgetown Co. Call Center at (843) 545-3273 and they will assist you in learning more about anticipated flood levels at your specific address. 

MOST GEORGETOWN COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

All Georgetown County offices and facilities – with the exception of the Landfill, Recycling Centers, and the Emergency Operations Center—will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 25 and will remain closed until further notice.

This DOES NOT include Emergency Management efforts; essential personnel are still required to report and our EOC will still be activated for the duration of this event.

Georgetown County Recycling Centers and the Landfill will be open Tuesday for normal operating hours or until flooding conditions necessitate closure.

CITY OF GEORGETOWN OFFICES REMAIN OPEN TUESDAY

City offices and non-essential operations plan to remain open until 5 pm Tuesday, September 25, unless flooding issues occur.

MESSAGE ABOUT ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE – FROM COASTAL CAROLINAS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

If you know of people looking for assistance, The REALTORS® Relief Foundation has been mobilized and is ready to assist victims of Hurricane Florence living in Horry and Georgetown Counties, SC.  The REALTORS® Relief Foundation, established by the National Association of REALTORS® is providing relief up to $1,000. You must meet eligibility requirements.

Assistance is available to qualified applicants towards one of the following options:

1) Monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged by Hurricane Florence.

2) Rental cost due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from Hurricane Florence.

Deadline for application submission is November 30,2018. Please note this assistance is for housing relief only; other expenses including second mortgages, vehicle purchase, rental, repair and or mileage are ineligible for reimbursement under this program.

More information on the program can be found here: http://www.ccarsc.org/relief/

CHAMBER NOTES:

In addition to shelters, there are a number of available hotel & motels rooms, condos, vacation rentals that are available. Some are offering special rates for those evacuating due to the flooding. Click HERE for a list of those that have contacted the Chamber with  information.

STAY INFORMED – IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS, WEBSITES:

PLEASE NOTE: The information depicted on this map regarding flood conditions on the Black River, as well as the 701 bridge over the Black River, is incorrect.  Please disregard data in that region.  Click here: SCDNR Flood Approximations Map

You can also call the Georgetown Co. Call Center at (843) 545-3273 and they will assist you in learning more about your particular address.

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