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County to collect input from residents for flood resilience plan

Horry County is developing a plan to address riverine flooding impacts from tropical systems like Hurricane Florence, and is asking residents to participate in public meetings scheduled later this month.

A team of consultants with specific expertise in building coastal resilience to extreme weather events has been hired by the county the design the plan, led by Tom Jost of Sherwood Design Engineers.

Three other consulting groups are also part of the project team, according to a statement released from the county Wednesday.

“While our team has extensive experience, we know that the real expertise lies in the experiences of Horry County citizens,” Jost said.

“Over the past four years, major flooding has occurred from hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Florence. We want to hear how these storms have affected your homes and businesses, as well as what ideas you may have for addressing these impacts,” Jost said.

The meetings will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Socastee High School, on Oct. 23 at the North Strand Recreation Center in Little River, and, Oct. 24, at the James R. Frazier Community Center in Bucksport.

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