SC county uses drones to record Hurricane Matthew damage

Anthony Johnson
Anthony Johnson walks over the floodwaters in downtown Kingstree, S.C., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Rivers rose and dams bulged Wednesday as South Carolina faced another anxious day of waiting for the floodwaters to recede. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Horry County is using drones to analyze damage along Grand Strand beaches caused by Hurricane Matthew.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports  the county began using the drones just days before the storm struck in October.

Tim Oliver of Horry County Information Technology and Geographical Information Systems says because the drones compile data so quickly that the county was able to file erosion information with the federal government within days instead of months.

Now officials are using the drones create a baseline of the Grand Strand for future comparisons after storms.

Oliver says the drones will be used once again for data mapping after renourishment work is completed. The project started simultaneously at Little River and Garden City and will meet in the middle to conclude in January.

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