Hurricane Florence Floodwaters are Leaving Families Homeless in Horry County

A family in Longs, South Carolina evacuates their home because of late, unexpected Hurricane Florence flooding. Image from The Japan Times.

Unexpected homelessness in Horry County is being felt by many people as flooding caused by Hurricane Florence makes river waters rise several feet, forcing locals out of their homes. For example, a Myrtle Beach news story shows how one family in Longs, SC had to carry items like mattresses and children’s clothes high over their heads out of their house as they waded in floodwater that reached almost to their waists. In the report, one of the family members said how they only had enough money to rent a condo for a couple of days, but after that they were going to have to find somewhere else to stay.

Hurricane Florence passed last week, and a lot of folks thought everything was over, that they had nothing to worry about. Now that some locals are becoming a part of the Horry County homeless population due to being caught off guard by the late rising floodwater, many of these people and families are still trying to figure out what to do about their immediate need of a roof over their heads. At times like this, its really important for them not to panic, and do things like spend too much more money than they have to, especially with all of the high hotel/motel rates in Myrtle Beach.

In some of my recent blog article posts, I spoke about how negatively the dead season in Myrtle Beach can affect locals financially. There are several people who live in communities like Longs, South Carolina who travel back and forth to the beach to work daily, and they know all too well how jobs cut hours this time of year. But, they also know that many of the hotel rates have went down lower, especially when talking about weekly rates. This is where it being the dead season can work in their favor, so it’s important not to pay for the first condo or room that they see pop up online. I’m telling you from personal experience those daily rates will kill you!

If you have family or friends you can stay with for a while, folks you can go to immediately for temporary housing, that’ll give you time to sit down and think before paying too much money for shelter, whether you live alone or you have a family to think about. Pay attention to the weekly rates if you are browsing websites like Craigslist. Make sure you type in the word ‘weekly’, because daily rates and weekly ones are all mixed up on there, and a listing that says $200 could mean either or. Whoever wrote the listing is just trying to get you to call them or come to the property, where you’ll probably pay out of desperation because you’re in dire need of an immediate place to stay. I know the late flooding leaves you in a very urgent situation, but it’s vital that you pay attention to every dollar that’s spent right now on housing.

I know of a few places right now on Myrtle Beach where are you may spend only $200 to $300 for a whole week and be able to comfortably sleep three or four people to wait for the flood waters to go down. If you’re willing to buy a couple of air mattresses and sacrifice a little space while you wait for the waters to recede and return to your homes, then you’ll end up saving a lot of money. Here are some of the places that I know about personally where you can get cheap weekly rates right now, and not have to suffer being homeless in Horry County because of unexpected Hurricane Florence flooding.

  • Mariner Motel, 7003 Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach
  • Americana, 2803 North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach
  • Lazy G Motel, 405 27th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach
  • Aquarius Motel, 204 Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach
  • Fountainbleu Inn, 701 Flagg Street in Myrtle Beach


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