I hope everyone is staying safe as our community weathers Florence. Florence has weakened to a Tropical Depression, but will still bring heavy rain and subsequent flooding to the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee through Monday. Stay up to date on weather alerts here: https://bit.ly/2NMyhDL
Heavy rain is expected to cause river levels in North Carolina and the Pee Dee to rise, and some rivers are expected to crest above major flood stage. Here is how rivers in the Pee Dee will be impacted: https://bit.ly/2xgTYlX
If you are in a flood prone area and have not evacuated, there are shelters open for you and your families. Officials are going door to door in dangerous areas to ensure full cooperation with evacuation orders and water rescue crews are on standby. If you are in an emergency situation, call 9-1-1.
While the evacuation orders for Horry and Georgetown were lifted as of 9 am today, proceed with caution if you plan on driving home. Stay up to date with flooded areas and road closures and do not drive through flooded roads or around barricades! Interstate 95 is closed between Mile Marker 181 and 190 in Dillon County. Pay attention to local road closures in Darlington, Dillon, Georgetown, and Horry counties. Additionally, gas and food shortages have been reported in Horry County. If you are coming back to Horry today, fill up your tank with gas and stock up on food before returning. Find up to date road closures here: https://bit.ly/2QAt4ha
I am always amazed and inspired by the generosity of people in our community after widespread devastation. For those of you who are interested in lending a hand, here are some ways to help:
- If you have spare sandbags, you can drop them off at 921 N. Oak St. in Myrtle Beach. Please only do so if you can safely drive to this location. More details here: https://bit.ly/2MAsyMQ
- You can sign up to volunteer or donate money to a trusted organization. Many shelters won't accept supplies, so it is better to send money to an organization that will ensure your money goes to help those in need.
I am so grateful for the efforts of federal, state, and local officials who have worked around the clock to help our community through this storm. They were able to open 63 shelters across the state that kept thousands of people out of harms way. I was able to spend time at shelters in Conway and North Myrtle Beach yesterday to visit with evacuees and thank first responders and volunteers for their selfless work! I am spending today surveying damage and visiting shelters in the Pee Dee.
- If it is safe to do so, check on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly, to ensure they are safe and sound.
I will continue to work closely with federal, state and local officials on emergency response and disaster relief efforts. If you have any questions, please reach out to one of my offices and we will assist you as best we can. I will be with you every step of the way as our community recovers from this storm.
Note: Mobile Office Hours currently scheduled for September 25th, 26th, and 27th will go on as planned. Any changes to this schedule will be posted on my website ASAP.