Governor Henry McMaster credits the constant communication between agencies in helping lessen Hurricane Dorian’s impacts, as well as the fact that the eye of Dorian managed to stay just off the S.C. coast.
“We got people out of the way quickly and safely, we are fortunate the damage was not nearly as bad as it could have been. We would have been in a lot of trouble,” McMaster told the crowd at Horry County’s Emergency Operations Center at the M.L. Brown building in Conway this afternoon.
He reported that there were no deaths or reported serious injuries as a result of the storm.
“It was a great success story on having all of our people working together,” he said.
The close communication between McMaster and his team, and local mayors and municipalities helped things run smoothly, according to North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley.
“I’ve never had a governor stay in touch … like he does,” Hatley said.
She said North Myrtle Beach did have a tornado touch down in North Myrtle Beach, which displaced 8-10 families and damaged nine condo buildings.
NMB also experienced some significant sand erosion, which Hatley said will be addressed by the Army Corps of Engineers in the very near future.
Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune thanked the EOC and municipality workers who worked for “days on end with little to no sleep”.
“We couldn’t do it without you,” Bethune said.
Bethune said over 100,000 visitors were among the approximately 400,000 who evacuated safely, and now that the evacuation orders are lifted, she said the Grand Strand is open for business.
“The coast is clear,” McMaster said.
Conway Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy said she was thankful to everyone who helped them take the proper steps to safeguard the community from the impending storm.
“We are so very blessed to not have loss of life,” Blain-Bellamy said.
McMaster said his newly-established Flood Commission would be meeting this fall, in conjunction with Horry County Cleanup Day on November 8. Blain-Bellamy asked that the community considering volunteering to help clean up that day.
“There never will be enough money to do all we need to do – we must rely on volunteers,” McMaster said. “Why? Because it’s yours. Your backyard, your state. Teach the children this is their land.”