City of Loris

It has been three months since the floodwaters from Hurricane Florence cause major damage to Loris City Hall and it is expected to be many more months before the building is repaired or replaced.

During the most recent Loris City Council meeting, City Administrator Damon Kempski said he and his staff are meeting weekly with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division to continue talks about what should be done with the building.

A major part of the roof collapsed causing major flooding throughout the structure.

“We have been doing numerous site evaluations and inspections. They are now turning it over to a different group making it a specialized project where they are bringing in FEMA engineers to evaluate,” Kempski said. “We have had two site inspections and now they are taking it to the next level of making it a specialized project.”

He told council neither FEMA or the SCEMD have given a timetable on when something will be done with the building.

“We hope we will soon make more progress than we are making right now. We feel like we are just spinning our wheels, but it is one of those things where you have to go through the process,” he said.

Once the plan on what to do is in place, FEMA will make a presentation to Loris City Council.

With city hall unusable and city offices now located in the city’s public safety building, City Council has been holding meetings in different locations such as Loris Elementary School and McLeod Loris Seacoast Center for Health and Fitness.

Mayor Henry Nichols said neither of the venues has charged the city for use of the facilities.

New meeting times

Also, during the meeting, it was agreed to begin future Loris City Council meetings at 6 p.m. rather than at 7 p.m.


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