HCS Update 09.17.18
3:00 p.m. HCS Parents and Staff,
Horry County Schools will be closed Tuesday, September 18, and Wednesday, September 19, due to flooding that has already occurred and record flooding that is predicted for the Waccamaw River and the Little Pee Dee River. These local rivers are expected to reach historic flood levels over the next several days and could impact many areas in our county including Socastee, Bucksport, Conway, Aynor, Loris, Longs, Green Sea Floyds, Galivants Ferry, etc. The delay in school openings will give staff a better understanding of the flood models and what the future impacts could be to our roadways later in the week. The delay in school openings will also allow more time for our families and staff who evacuated to other areas to return home as traffic conditions re-opening of our schools.
Again, we are extremely mindful that the re-opening of schools is very important to parents and students, but safety must come first. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this difficult time, and we are making the best decisions we can based upon collaborative information provided by local, state, and federal authorities.
We encourage our parents, students, and staff to stay safe and continue to follow the instructions provided by local emergency management officials. With record amounts of rainfall, residents should be aware that flash flood conditions exist. People should avoid washed out bridges and roads. Do not move or drive around barricades. Follow directions issued by local public safety officials.
Our thoughts and well-wishes remain with our local governments and municipalities, first responders, public service personnel, utility works, non-profit relief personnel, and the many thousands who continue to provide support to our community.
Please continue to follow us on our website, Facebook, and Twitter, as we will post an update on Wednesday, September 19, by 2 p.m. regarding the status of schools for the remainder of the week.