SIPOA Update #7

THE FOLLOWING IS BASED ON THE LATEST INFORMATION AVAILABLE

The Governor held a press conference this evening:

– There is no evacuation order for Charleston County coastal areas. There is an evacuation order for our neighbors to the south. See text ** below.
– Tropical Storm Force winds, heavy rains and coastal flooding are expected in our area. Storm surge during high tide periods is possible. This may result in damage to docks, homes, boats, other structures and landscaping along waterways or in the surge area. Rain totals may be 4-7″ and up to 10″.

Additional information:

– First, our thoughts are with the communities to our south that also experienced extreme damage during Hurricane Matthew. Two hurricanes in eleven months are good practice drills for storm events, and SIPOA has done well in both. But we’re glad Seabrook Island dodged the worst of Irma!
– Irma could have been catastrophic for our island, and although she isn’t completely out of our sights yet, we extend our appreciation to SIPOA staff who have worked tirelessly in storm preparation.
– If you are driving on island during the tropical storm period, anticipate some intermittent roadway flooding due to high tides coinciding with periods of peak rains. For your safety, don’t drive through high water areas. Turn around!
– In weather emergencies such as Irma, SIPOA supports staff in taking whatever measures they feel are best to protect their homes and families. Some of our staff moved to safer areas in advance of the storm’s arrival. We may be short-staffed in some departments until staff can return to the area.

However, for the benefit of our owners, we’d like to get back to normal as quickly as possible, even if that necessitates abbreviated hours or modified services:

– The Oyster Catcher Community Center Pool is closed until Wednesday.
– The Lake House indoor and outdoor pools are closed until Wednesday.
– The Lake House will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm ONLY each day from Saturday 9/9/17 through Tuesday 9/12/17. No before/after hours access is available until Wednesday afternoon. Lake House fitness classes are cancelled until Wednesday.
– The vendor that supplies our towels is closed, and there is no Lake House towel service available until late Wednesday. If you plan to use the Fitness Center or locker rooms, please bring your own exercise and shower towels.
– The Lake House Point of Sale system will also be down until Wednesday. Fitness center guest passes and any other financial transactions are cash only until the system is restored.
– The SIPOA Admin Office will open at 8:00am Monday, 9/11.

Due to the forecast tropical storm force winds and rain, expect tree and other debris to impact island travel. Clean up crews are already on standby and will be working to clear SIPOA roads. Please be patient with any road closures, and stay alert while driving near clean up personnel as they complete their work.

We are not in the clear yet. There is still some challenging weather ahead:

– If you’re already ensconced in your evacuation location, relax, enjoy and stay until the tropical storm period is over.
– Residents who are on Seabrook Island during tropical storm activity may experience power outages of significant duration. SIPOA facilities will also be without power during that time.
– If power is out for a significant period, the SIPOA Admin Office, Lake House and Gatehouse barcode lane will be closed.
– There will be no advance notice of a power outage from SIPOA. SIPOA staff and the Gatehouse officers do not know when power will be cut or restored. Please do not call the Gatehouse for this information.
– Berkeley Electrical Cooperative website (berkeleyelectric.coop) has outage information and updates. There’s also a BEC Facebook page and twitter feed that have outage info. Be aware power outages may affect water and sewer services as well.
– CALL 911- NOT THE SECURITY GATE – FOR ANY EMERGENCY.
– We are waiting for information from our trash/recycling contractor on pickup dates next week.

We’ll have more information on clean up, home repairs, etc., in upcoming emails.
Stay safe!

Heather Paton
Executive Director

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**COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV) – Ahead of Hurricane Irma, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has issued an evacuation for select Barrier Islands.
The mandatory evacuation will take effect at 10:00 a.m. on September 9 for Barrier Islands in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties.
This applies to the following:
· Daufuskie, Fripp, Harbor, Hunting and Hilton Head Island in Beaufort County
· Knowles, Tullifini Islands in Jasper County
The announcement was made at a press conference at 7:45 p.m. on Friday.
For the citizens outside of these areas, Governor McMaster says “I encourage them to seek shelter if they have concerns for their personal safety, adding, “Now is the time to plan.”
The National Hurricane Center predicts a storm surge of 4 to 6 feet above ground level for the southernmost coast of South Carolina, with the greatest impacts on Monday.

RESOURCES

  • Post & Courier
    Regularly-updated storm projections and weather report
  • Town of Seabrook Island
    New Town emergency messages will be posted to the townofseabrookisland.org homepage.
  • Town of Seabrook Island – Emergency Preparedness
  • Town of Seabrook Island on Twitter
  • http://www.sipoa.org
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