Better flood protection in Horry County starts with action

We amplify the power of our members' voices to demand and receive better flood protection



roads closed for more than 7 days in February/March 2021

16th place

out of 16 coastal counties in flood readiness

1 in 3

Horry County properties has serious flood risk

4-5 years

behind on cleaning ditches

Floods are a Continual Problem
— NOT a 500-Year Random Event 

"Unless you have gone through it, it's hard for anyone to imagine how hard flooding is."

Hear the voices of flood survivors from Horry County, South Carolina on what frequent floods took from them and take action.



I'm supposed to be in an ankle cast right now, because I just recently had ankle surgery.  Can't wear it, because I have to wear wading boots. 

Half the people back there don't have sewer.

- Russ Barfield, Flood Survivor

Russ Barfield


There's all the neighborhood cars, I'm sure you saw when you came in.  So, that's just ripe for someone thinking about robbing a car, because there's no one watching it and there's no way we can watch our vehicles.  

- Emily Heeren & Donna Nelson, Flood Survivors

Emily Heeren + Donna Nelson


We don't have any hot water.

We don't have any cable, we don't have any Wi Fi.

Can't take the dogs out

- Whitney Hall, Flood Survivor

Whitney Hall


Our collective power is growing, but we need your help


Because of our efforts, council members formed a flood commission — they’ve promised to deliver a comprehensive plan in May, and we can hold them accountable for it.


We demand change

Johnny Gardner, Chairman of Horry County Council asked April O’Leary, founder of Horry County Rising, to serve on the county’s Special Flood Committee.

In response, we hand-delivered a letter to Chairman Gardner outlining the details of what our organization considers a serious flood resiliency plan prior to accepting the invitation to serve on the committee. 

Read the letter


Don’t Allow Building in the Swamp!

Building in swamps makes zero sense and harms us all. Horry County Rising has been working hard to put smarter development standards in place to reduce flooding. County council will vote in mid-May to increase the minimum elevation requirement for new development.

We have polled our Facebook group, and the vast majority of our members think that 3 feet above the high water mark of Hurricane Florence is a common-sense standard.

Is flooding important to you? If so, please spend 3 minutes now to push the council to adopt a 3 foot (above Florence) elevation standard that will stop allowing building in the swamp!