The below released Safety Alert by the USCG essentially closes the ICW from Myrtle Beach, SC, to Georgetown, SC.
This is effective Sept. 24-Oct. 19, or when water recedes, approximately 70 miles from MM 345 to MM 415. Boats can enter the area only with Coast Guard permission by calling one of the below numbers, or via VHF.
Flooding waters in the rivers have lowered bridge clearances, some bridges have been closed and there is a danger of both submersed and floating debris.
Captain of the Port (Sector Charleston) establishes safety zone in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina
Sep 24th, 2018
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set a temporary safety zone on all waters of the Waccamaw River along the Intracoastal Waterway from Winyah Bay to the Little River Swing Bridge, all waters of the Sampit River, all waters of the Great Pee Dee River from Winyah Bay northward to Pee Dee Game Management Area, and all waters of the Black River from its junction with the Great Pee Dee northward to U.S. Highway 701 Bridge, effective Monday, Sept. 24, through Oct. 19 or when waters recede.
State and Federal authorities have determined that potential hazards associated with and resulting from high waters of the Waccamaw River and Great Pee Dee River are present in the area.
To seek permission to enter the safety zone, contact the Coast Guard via VHF-FM channel 16, or through Coast Guard Sector Charleston’s command center at 843-740-7050. Those in the safety zone must comply with all lawful orders or directions given to them by the COTP’s designated representatives.
Designated representative means a Coast Guard coxswain, petty officer, or other officers operating a Coast Guard vessel and a federal, state or local officer designated by or assisting the COTP in the enforcement of the safety zones.
This Marine Safety Information Bulletin can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston waterways management division at (843) 323-7761, the Sector’s 24-hour command center at (843) 740-7050, the Horry County emergency operations center at (843) 915-5150, or the Georgetown County emergency operations center at (843) 545-3273.
For photos and video of the Coast Guard’s preparation and response to Hurricane Florence, visit our Hurricane Florence Flickr album