Horry County staff this week began distributing blue door hangers to homes and businesses in low-lying areas, advising those homeowners that their land may soon be in a high-risk flood zone.
Over 10,000 Horry County plots will be added to the new flood zones. County officials have until Dec. 16 to officially accept maps prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and they are encouraging affected landowners to purchase flood insurance before maps are approved. .
“We are doing everything we can to make sure that people coming to the flooded area have a good chance of getting flood insurance before then,” said David Gilreath, deputy county administrator responsible for infrastructure and water. regulations. “Because if they get it before the date, it’s cheaper. If they maintain flood insurance after that date, it will increase. … In a few years, they will be at the normal rate. But if they get it before December 16, they can get a discount for several years before they reach that maximum.
County staff have developed detailed maps to ensure that owners of the 10,536 parcels (representing 12,331 addresses) entering federal flood zones receive proper notice, said Tommy Smith, director of code enforcement. county.
“We started this week to give it a try,” he said. “We had conversations with the people we interacted with. It has been successful so far.
Door hanger distribution efforts will intensify next week, causing additional departments to advance board approval of the new cards.
The county does not send notices to owners of properties that are already in a flood-prone area.
“If you don’t get a door hanger, that doesn’t mean you’re not in the flood zone,” Gilreath said.
The door hangers contain contact information for upcoming changes and website addresses for FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program and County Flood Resilience Project.
To find out if your property could be affected by the new flood zones, check out the maps on the county’s website: www.horrycounty.org/gis/flood.