Socastee residents excited for flood buyout program enrollment period to begin

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The enrollment period for Horry County’s flooding buyout program will begin Monday, according to information announced Tuesday from the county.

The buyout program is for the Socastee area. Enrolling is the first step toward applying for the program, which is expected to take between six months to a year. 

Angie Barfield who has a home in Socastee said, “we have been waiting so long for this day to finally arrive.”

Barfield said her and husband moved to Florida recently but they still have the Socastee house and are just waiting for a buyout.

Jim Fraboni, a resident in Starcreek circle in Socastee said he’s waited for this for awhile and said, “I’m just glad it’s here finally and if we can get it done, it’s going to be good.”

“We’ve been in this house for 26 years and we have flooded, I stopped counting at 14 flooding events, I just stopped counting,” Fraboni said.

Fraboni said he won’t sell it for just another family to deal with so he said the only way out, is a buyout.

“The flooding will continue and it will continually get worse. It’s the definition of insanity to keep doing the same thing over and over and over and expect a different result. It’s the true definition of insanity that’s what being involved in this is,” Fraboni said.

After an application is submitted, county staff will contact homeowners to set up appointments for the intake process.

Every time their house would flood, Fraboni and his wife would have to move out for weeks to months at a time, then come back to fix the repairs. He said after doing it so many times, he wants out. “We can’t be doing this being retired. When you’re on a fixed income, you can’t do it that way anymore,” Fraboni said.

To be eligible, a property has to have repeatedly experienced property loss from flooding. A property must also be located in the area shown below.

A map of the available area for the Socastee buyout project. (Source: Horry County Government)

More information is available at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject. Questions can be directed to (843) 915-7033 or emailed to resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org.

To apply, email an enrollment form to resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org, or mail it to the Horry County Community Development Office, addressed to Buyout Program, at 100 Elm Street, Conway, South Carolina, 29526. Appoints will also be scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Socastee Library, starting on July 13 and ending on August 24.

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