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Preliminary New Flood Maps Now Available

Georgetown has just received the new Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for review.  These are the first updates to the FIRMs since March 16, 1989 (yes, pre-Hugo).  Currently these new maps are PRELIMINARY and must go through a review and adoption process before they become official.  There will be a formal Preliminary DFIRM Community Coordination (PDCC) meeting to discuss the revised flood hazard information, ordinance adoption, and other frequently asked questions and concerns coming soon.  Click the link below to view a sample of the Preliminary Flood Map for the City of Georgetown.  Please contact us at the Housing & Community Development department with any question you may have.

Preliminary 2016 Flood Map

Final Day for Flood-related Curbside Debris Collection is Nov. 30th

Final day for curbside flood debris collection in Georgetown County is Nov. 30. This includes residents in the City of Georgetown.

Contractors working for the state to pick up flood-related debris from public roadways will make their final pass the week of Nov. 23. The last day for collection is Monday, Nov. 30.
Any resident with flood-related debris they would like to have removed is asked place it in the right-of-way according to guidelines prior to that date. Contractors have been picking up debris placed along public roadways in Georgetown County since mid-October. Property owners are reminded that debris must be separated into the following six categories for curbside pickup: electronics, large appliances, household hazardous waste, vegetative debris, construction debris and household garbage. As contractors are collecting debris by category, not all debris may be taken away at one time. Contractors will make return trips to gather the categorized items.
Additionally, debris must be unbagged (with the exception of waste in the household garbage category, which should be bagged). Other than household garbage, only loose debris will be collected. Residents should not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility, and should avoid placing it directly under power lines.
For an illustration and more information, visit:  http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/docs/debrisdisposalbrochure2.pdf.

City sanitation services will continue their regular schedule after the Nov. 30th deadline with excludes many items that the contractor will pick-up like flood-related construction debris.

10-15-2015: Contracted Debris removal to begin tomorrow in the City of Georgetown

The SC Department of Transportation has contracted with Southern Recovery Service to begin collecting debris in the City of Georgetown on Friday October 16th, 2015.  The attached brochure details how debris must be separated for collection. Please download and print this brochure for easy reference. Click here (PDF)

The City HIGHLY encourages you to take advantage of this service over the course of the next few weeks. It is the most efficient and expeditious way to remove debris from the recent flood event. Follow the guidelines closely. Otherwise the debris you take to the street may not be collected.

Fire Dept. Hydrant Testing 2015

The City of Georgetown will begin testing the City’s Fire Hydrant System Monday, October, 19, 2015. Full details of this process can be found here.

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program Fact Sheet

For information about a FEMA’s Customer Support Hotline that has information about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and may help you answer questions that you may have about this flooding disaster.

Fire Dept. Open House for Tues. Oct. 6th Postponed

The Georgetown City Fire Department’s Open House scheduled for Tues. Oct. 6th has been postponed because of the local state of emergency from flooding. The new date will be posted on the City and Fire Department websites and on Facebook when it is rescheduled. You can also follow the City’s local radio station WGEO 105.7FM for further details.

Five Points Intersection Resurfacing Delayed

September 29, 2015

On Monday, September 21th, the City of Georgetown was notified by the SC Dept. of Transportation (“SCDOT”) that the Highway 17/521/701 (“Five Points”) intersection concrete resurfacing project would be delayed. SCDOT only received one bid for the work, which exceeded the project budget of $3.15 million by 92%. Under federal guidelines, the project must be rebid.

The City began work in July to relocate underground utilities around the Five Points intersection in anticipation of the SCDOT resurfacing that was supposed to immediately follow. This is disappointing news to the City because coordinating the work with SCDOT was intended to save money and lessen the impact on the community. The origin of the project began in 1999 with the idea to resurface the highly traveled Five Points intersection to a durable concrete surface from asphalt to extend the time between future resurfacings. There would also be improvements to traffic flow to reduce congestion.

The City understands the inconvenience of this decision to citizens and businesses along the Fraser Street/ Hwy 17 corridor. It also understand the reasons for SCDOT’s inability to proceed.


Below is a statement from SCDOT:

Statement of Leah Quattlebaum : Program Manager of the SC Dept. of Transportation

On September 8th, the SC Department of Transportation publicly opened the bidding process for a concrete paving project located in the area known as Five Points in the City of Georgetown. This project is located in the same vicinity as the work that is now occurring to relocate underground utilities and place overhead utilities underground.

Only one bid was received for the project which was substantially over the approved engineer’s estimate for the project.  Therefore under federal regulations, the Department was unable to award the project and move forward with construction.  It is the intent of the Department to review the bid package to determine if any modifications can be made to reduce the proposed cost of the project and re-advertise the project to receive bids in the Summer of 2016. 

If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please speak to the SCDOT Program Manager @ 803-737-1751.


FAQ: Why does it take so long for the City to repair utility cuts in the street?

City crews are regularly having to make utility cuts into the street to repair broken water and sewer lines. Once the utility repair is made, City crews will backfill with the base material and pack the excavated area according to SCDOT regulations. The City may put down a cold asphalt patch (“blacktop repair”) as a temporary solution, but the permanent asphalt paving requires a hot asphalt mix. It can sometimes take months before the final asphalt paving. The reason for this delay is because of the way asphalt paving services operate.

The City request bids annually for asphalt paving services that includes all patching and small paving jobs of utility cuts. The closest hot asphalt plant to Georgetown is in Conway. Normally, the City’s contractor comes in once per month and permanently repairs all utility cuts based on the list that the City provides. The contract is let on a square foot basis, which means the contractor may skip a month to batch the work to make it more cost efficient for the City. Also, the asphalt plants do not operate during the cold months making it a seasonal business.  It is frustrating that it can take so long to get these street repairs complete, but the City is at the mercy of asphalt paving services. The City is always looking for ways to efficiently improve services.


US 17/701/521 Utility Relocation

In advance of SC DOT’s reconstruction of Fraser Street (Hwy 17) between the Five-Points intersection and Highmarket Street, the City will begin relocating water, wastewater and electric utilities in corridor. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of July 13 with the closing of Highmarket Street between Fraser and Dozier. For more information, road closure schedule, and updates, go to www.5PointsImprovements.com


CBA – Board Member Needed

The Housing & Community Development Department is looking for a citizens to serve on our Construction Board of Appeals (CBA).  The board members needed is one Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer.  Applicants should contact the Housing & Community Development Department at (843) 545-4010.  Please help the City of Georgetown by serving your community.