TO ALL PROPERTY OWNERS, RESIDENTS, GUESTS AND VISITORS:
WHAT FOLLOWS IS IMPORTANT AND POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING INFORMATION FOR ALL OF US. IT IS BASED ON THE LATEST EVENTS, AND AS WE ALL KNOW THINGS COULD CHANGE, BUT WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION BASED ON WHAT WE KNOW:
Governor McMaster announced at today’s press conference that a mandatory evacuation order will be issued for the coastal counties, including Charleston County, effective at 10am on Saturday morning (9/9). The Town of Seabrook Island State of Emergency is scheduled to take effect simultaneously.
Additionally, per the Sheriff’s Department, the bridges leading from Johns and James Islands will be closed if sustained winds reach 40 miles per hour, regardless of when that occurs.
- The Seabrook Island Club is closing operations at noon on Friday, 9/8.
- Kiawah Island is closing their gate at 1 PM on Saturday, 9/9.
- Charleston County offices are closed on Friday, Monday and Tuesday (9/8, 9/11 and 9/12).
- Evacuation orders already in place in Georgia and Florida have resulted in major traffic on Interstate 95 already (reports of the average speed in the range of 15-20 mph), so that evacuation will likely take much longer than you would normally expect.
- The Town of Seabrook Island will move to Operational Condition 1 on Saturday at the same time the South Carolina Evacuation Order and State of Emergency take effect.
- If a major storm surge is anticipated, the power will be shut off as early as 48 hours before the storm is scheduled to hit. Berkeley Electric makes this decision.
- One predicted track of the storm indicates strongly that it is likely to come ashore somewhere between Savannah and Beaufort, which will likely put Seabrook Island in the most dangerous position of the storm (upper right quadrant), where the winds are highest and resulting storm surge is also likely to be highest.
THEREFORE, THE ENTRY GATEWAY TO SEABROOK ISLAND WILL BE CLOSED AT 5pm ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9.
- We expect that our security force officers will leave the Gateway not long after the gate shutdown so that they can also get out of harm’s way and evacuate themselves and their families.
- We have been assured that Charleston County Sheriff’s Office will have officers at the traffic circle at Freshfields to control access to Seabrook Island. They may be present as early as 6am on Saturday, September 9.
- The Town of Seabrook Island is the entity that determines when residents can return to Seabrook Island. The three primary elements involved in the decision are the availability of (1) a functioning sewer service, (2) electricity, and (3) safe water.
The rental pumps that enabled the Utility Commission to keep the sewage treatment plant operating during Matthew last year have been diverted to Texas this year, as a result of Harvey.
- You may also encounter additional security officers, from a different security contractor, on Seabrook Island both before and after the storm. The Board has authorized a change in security contractors, and has entered into an agreement to retain Norred & Associates to provide full-time security services in place of our current contractor (G4S) effective October 15, 2017. We have arranged with Norred to supplement the G4S officers after the storm, starting as soon as it is safe to return (projected to be Tuesday 9/12), to assist as required with the return process. You may also see some of these officers on Saturday, September 9, as they become familiar with our island.
President, SIPOA Board of Directors