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After the Hurricane

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After the Hurricane

My husband and I originally had scheduled a 2 week visit to North Myrtle Beach from September 23 to the 7th of October. Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence hit during the first week of our vacation. We were fortunate that the house we rented directly on the ocean was not book October 7 through the 14th and we were able to push our vacation back by a week. Our prayers go out to all those impacted by this terrible storm.

We saw the results of the storm on our drive to North Myrtle and feel fortunate that we did not experience this terrible storm. North Myrtle faired very well from the storm. It seemed there were almost no signs of the storm. We had great weather, a great beach front house, great restaurants and great golf. We could not swim but we still enjoyed sitting and walking on the beach.

But we were very disappointed with the local Board of Health and local city government. The ocean water was very dirty and we were told by local residents not to go in the water because it had dangerous high bacteria levels as a result of run-off from the flooded land, rivers, etc. I telephoned several agencies to get information and got very little information. I was even told the water was no longer monitored because the high season was over and it would not be monitored again until the spring. The only helpful people were at the Chamber of Commerce who told me not to go in the water. The Board of Health told me common sense would tell me not to go in the water but not everyone has that common sense or knowledge about run-off after a storm. Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and the area depend on tourism. Why are they not providing necessary safety and health information to the tourist who they still want to visit - as evident by the numerous television commercials. I understand the area just went through a storm but I don't understand why information was not readily available. Why were there no sign posted at the beach? Why was there nothing in the newspaper or on TV? We saw people with little children in the unsafe water that we told about the water condition. If Myrtle Beach wants the tourists to visit and spend their money to support the community they should be more supportive and informative to these tourist they depend on.

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1. Re: After the Hurricane

I hope that posting this rant helps you feel better about your vacation.

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Cindy and Mike

Thank you for your replies. I fully understand the consequences of the hurricane and have compassion for those who suffer from it.

I was not ranting about our vacation. We still enjoyed our visit. My concern, and it is still a concern, is the fact that information about the water conditions was not readily available. As soon as we saw the water we knew not to go for a swim. But there were people in the water daily with children and pets. Yes, common sense would say to stay out but it doesn’t always work that way. I still believe the city has a responsibility when health issues are involved to be pro-active and provide information.

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