City of Conway declares local state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Matthew

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW)- Conway City Council members held an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss an ordinance for a localized state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

Council unanimously approved the ordinance making it effective for the next 60 days. It would allow the city to apply for any federal aid should any major damage happen.

The declaration means that Conway will open an Emergency Operation Center upon any ordered evacuations. In addition, Conway Police and the Conway Fire Department will have additional officers for traffic management and work longer shifts.

Conway city leaders say their biggest concern is flooding along low-lying areas in the Waccamaw River.

“The biggest thing is don’t drive through the water, that’s always been our number one concern. A lot of lessons learned last year from the flooding and we’ve purchased some new equipment and made some changes to the way we operate to get prepared for the event that another flood does occur,” Conway Fire Chief Le Hendrick said.

Decisions about opening up an EOC won’t happen until Thursday morning.