Residents and stakeholders have until Oct. 24 to submit public comments on the state Floodwater Commission’s initial findings, which will be presented Nov. 8 in conjunction with a cleanup day in Horry County.
The task force’s recommendations are linked here.
Appointed by Gov. Henry McMaster, the Floodwater Commission made numerous recommendations on flood mitigation, rivers and dams, shoreline protection, and economic development.
Nearly 250 projects are suggested in 31 counties that will be ongoing once the final recommendations are adopted.
Comments should be mailed to: South Carolina Floodwater Commission Office of the Governor, South Carolina Statehouse, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
The Horry County cleanup day Nov. 8 includes both inland and waterways, using hundreds of volunteers to help clear drainage ditches, culverts, canals, streams and waterways.
The meeting locations for the four Horry County regional work sites that day are:
Conway City Marina
James R. Frazier Community Center in Bucksport
Socastee Park and Yacht Basin Landing
Town of Loris Recreation Department
Cleanup will be organized for the Waccamaw River and adjacent waterways where debris is hindering the free flow of water. Volunteers with boats are encouraged to attend.
Volunteers will also clear trees, limbs, trash and accumulated sediment.
A similar event was held earlier this year with the Floodwater Commission and volunteers in Marion County.
Separately, U.S. Rep. Tom Rice is hosting a Flood Recovery and Hurricane Preparedness Community Workshop on October 2 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Horry County Electric Cooperatives on 2774 Cultra Road in Conway.
“This will give people direct access to the information they need in the aftermath of natural disasters and ahead of potential storms,” said a statement from Rice’s office announcing their event.
“If you have questions about damage sustained from previous storms or want to ensure you are fully prepared for future storms, please join our community workshop,” the announcement said.
Representatives from federal and state agencies will be in attendance to answer questions from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, S.C. Emergency Management Division, S.C. Disaster Recovery Office, and the governor’s Floodwater Commission.