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Conway hopes for less traffic while Myrtle Beach hopes for more

Conway hopes for less traffic while Myrtle Beach hopes for more (Madeline Montgomery/WPDE)

Myrtle Beach is in need of tourists, while Conway needs them to stop driving through town.

Mayor Brenda Bethune made it clear on her Facebook: Myrtle Beach is open.

"Myrtle Beach has taken a huge hit from the length of this storm," said Bethune.

But Conway is experiencing a different kind of problem: Traffic.

"Friday was a nightmare when they had the bypass closed down. It was a gridlock," said Emily Smith, owner of Hello Sunshine in Conway.

Road closures mean people sitting in cars for hours and people in Conway think tourists on the roads only makes it worse.

"The roads should be for locals right now. I don't think there's a need for fifth wheel campers coming through downtown Conway if the bypass is closed," said Smith.

She says locals can't get where they need to go.

"There's a lot of people who are trying to evacuate their homes and move their goods to higher ground," said Smith.

But if it is locals only, most tourists would be cut off from the beach.

"We have a beach that is open, we have businesses that are open and over 60 percent of the workforce in Myrtle Beach live in the areas that are affected by the flooding. So now more than ever, those people need their jobs to be intact," said Bethune.

Mayor Bethune encourages tourists to fly in to town instead of adding to traffic on 501.

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