Entering and exiting Horry County is a waiting game right now. Water is rising, causing road closures throughout the area.
Conditions are changing quickly as flood levels increase, but here’s what we know about major roadways as of Friday night.
This might be the best bet for getting out of the county, at least until Sunday.
It was announced Friday night that Georgetown County Emergency Management, the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the S.C. National Guard will put up a protective barrier in hopes of keeping the portion of the highway between Pawleys Island and Georgetown open as long as possible.
Floodwaters are expected to eventually flow over an area of land between the two bridges that cross the Waccamaw River between Georgetown and the Waccamaw Neck.
To implement the plan, that portion of U.S. 17 will be reduced to one lane in each direction Sunday, and is expected to cause heavy traffic delays. Despite these efforts, Georgetown officials believe flood water will affect the area around the bridges by the middle of next week.
U.S. 17 remains open from Charleston all the way through South Carolina and North Carolina.
NCDOT closed the left lane of U.S. 17 near Vanceboro, causing traffic delays.
This route, which runs parallel to U.S. 17 in Horry County, is closed from S.C. 90 to S.C. 905.
U.S. 501, the main entrance into Horry County, is open.
U.S. 501 Bypass
The U.S. 501 Bypass is also open.
The road was closed over Lake Busbee Friday evening while the National Guard and state transportation crews added sandbags to the top of the barrier wall. But it has re-opened.
Highway 9 out of North Myrtle Beach is closed in both directions heading into Longs. Once you pass Longs, the road remains open with some detours needed all the way to the Marion County border.
This can be used to get to Loris.
Once in Marion, Highway 9 shuts down again.
Avoid this route. All lanes are blocked.
As of about 10 a.m. Friday, U.S. 701 remained open from Conway to Georgetown, where it links back up with U.S. 17.
Highway 701, which shoots off from from Highway 9, remains open toward Tabor City, N.C. Once you cross the state border, however, Interstate 95 is closed through Lumberton, N.C.
S.C. 905 out of Conway is closed near the town in both directions. Routes from S.C 905 to U.S. 501 are mostly blocked.
The Little Pee Dee River bridge is also threatened by flooding. The Pee Dee Road, which runs along the county’s western boundary is closed for flooding.