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CURRENT EMERGENCY ALERTS and UPDATES

Georgetown County is currently at Operating Condition (OPCON) 3 as it proceeds with cleanup and damage assessment following Hurricane Dorian.  OPCON 3 represents normal, day-to-day operations. The county's Emergency Operations Center is not activated at this time. 

 

Repair and Rebuilding of docks/marsh walkways

Homeowners who have experienced minor damage to their dock/marsh walkway structures resulting from Hurricane Dorian should submit a Maintenance and Repair request to SCDHEC/OCRM. For dock/marsh walkway structures that have been completely destroyed, you will likely need to submit an individual Critical Area Permit application to rebuild the structure. All sites are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. ANY activities within the tidal critical area will need to be reviewed by OCRM. The OCRM office in Myrtle Beach can be reached at 843-238-4528 for more information.

An approval letter or permit from OCRM will be required before Georgetown County can issue a permit for these types of repairs.

 

Storm Debris Disposal

Curbside pickup will NOT be provided for debris from Hurricane Dorian. Debris should be disposed of at county recycling convenience centers or the landfill. These facilities are open for regular hours of operation. Vegetative debris must be unbagged to be accepted.

Waccamaw Neck residents with large amounts of debris are asked to take it to the reduction site at the Pawleys Island Recycling Center on Grate Ave. through Sept. 15. That site will close at 3 p.m. on Sept. 15 and recycling centers will stop accepting excess yard waste resulting from Hurricane Dorian. After that time, daily limits of one load per household will go back into effect. This means any debris that exceeds the daily one-load limit will have to be taken to the landfill in Georgetown.

The yard waste reduction site will be open the same hours as the Pawleys Island convenience center on Sept. 14 and 15: Saturday from 8 am-6pm and Sunday from 10am- 3pm.

As always, no yard waste is accepted in any plastic bags. Commercial haulers must use the county landfill and are not allowed to dispose of material at any recycling convenience center. Convenience centers are for residential waste only.

Please call (843) 545-3438 with any questions.

 

Residents asked to report storm damage

Georgetown County staff began initial damage assessments after Hurricane Dorian as soon as the worst of the rain and wind subsided last night. Efforts continue this morning, and residents are being asked to help by sending in photos and descriptions of damage to their property.

The county is requesting information on all structural damage to homes and businesses. This does not include damage to accessory buildings such as sheds and fences, or yard damage.

Residents who have damage to report may submit photos and details online via https://www.crisistrack.com/public/georgetownSC/citizenRequest.html. Residents without access to the Internet can also submit reports by calling (843) 545-3273. They will be asked to provide their name and address, information on the property owner (if the caller is a tenant and not the owner of the property), the type of damage, and the depth of flooding if flooding occurred.

For more information, call (843) 545-3273.

 

RECEIVE EMERGENCY ALERTS

Georgetown County residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up to receive emergency information (such as boil water notifications and other vital information for their area) through the CodeRED notification system. Choose to receive information via phone, text message or e-mail.

Sign up for emergency alerts

 

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Georgetown County Information Hotline (for the latest storm information):
(843) 545-3900, available 24 hours a day when the county's Emergency Operations Center is activated.

Georgetown County Emergency Management:
(843) 545-3273

S.C. Department of Transportation Information:
(888) 877-9151 Toll Free

Shelter Information:
(866) 246-0133 Toll Free

 

Radio:

Charleston - WIWF 96.9 FM
Charleston - WEZL 103.5 FM
Myrtle Beach - WYAV 104.1 FM
Myrtle Beach - WLFF 106.5 FM
Georgetown - WGTN 1400 AM

 

Websites:

Other Important Web Sites:

The information provided in the following web sites may be useful, although not all of the listed sites are official government sites and may not be completely up-to-date or accurate.

HURRICANE WATCHES AND WARNINGS

TROPICAL STORM WATCH:

An announcement that tropical storm conditions with sustained winds of 39-73 mph are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING:

An announcement that tropical storm conditions with sustained winds of 39-73 mph are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH:

An announcement that hurricane conditions with sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are possible within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING:

An announcement that hurricane conditions with sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.

COMMON TERMS:

  • EVACUATION - Is mandated by the Governor for requiring evacuation of everyone within a certain evacuation zone.
  • TROPICAL DEPRESSION - Is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed is 38 mph or less.
  • TROPICAL STORM - Is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed ranges from 39-73 mph.
  • HURRICANE - Is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed is 74 mph or higher.
  • STORM SURGE - An abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm, and whose height is the difference between the observed level of the sea surface and the level that would have occurred in the absence of the cyclone. Storm surge is usually estimated by subtracting the normal or astronomic high tide from the observed storm tide.