Hurricane Matthew will not soon be forgotten along the Grand Strand, but recovery began Sunday for Horry County.
Horry County damage assessment teams began assessing the area at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, and the Emergency Operations Center was operational, although phone lines were temporarily down.
Other points of interest to know are:
▪ All Horry County Government offices and courts will remain closed Monday. All personnel deemed essential by their departments will continue to report for duty. Circuit Court jurors for this week have been excused.
▪ As numbers of people in shelters have diminished, the seven area shelters are being consolidated. In addition, Beach Church at 557 George Bishop Parkway will open at 4 p.m. to serve as a shelter for potential river flooding residents.
▪ All Horry County Solid Waste Authority offices and recycling centers were closed Sunday. Those that are safely able to open will do so during their normal hours tomorrow. Residents of unincorporated Horry County should utilize the recycling center closest to them to dispose of storm debris. If your yard/tree debris is larger than six inches in diameter and four feet in length, you must bring the debris to the landfill at 1886 Highway 90. If you live within the limits of an incorporated municipality, you should contact municipal officials regarding their debris cleanup procedures.
▪ More than 163 roads are closed or impassable.
▪ Properties along the Waccamaw River & Intracoastal Waterway are asked to monitor river levels closely as they are rising fast. The rivers are at major flood stage and could continue to rise. Flooding will be similar to the October 2015 floods. Residents in these areas should prepare now if they plan on evacuating their property. For information or assistance, citizens in the City of Conway can call 843-488-7664 and Horry County residents should call 843-915-5150.
▪ The curfew for unincorporated Horry County remains in effect from Sunday evening at 6 until 6 a.m. Monday.