The storm is still active with heavy rain and high winds. We anticipate that it will begin to move northward this afternoon.
Guest/Contractor access to the island was discontinued Wednesday morning. The gate remained open for the duration of the storm. Four hardy Security officers were stationed at the gatehouse for a 24-hour shift beginning at 8:00 pm Wednesday.
As conditions permit today, Security officers will conduct island patrols to report on flooding, downed trees, blocked roads, etc. These reports provide the information we need to begin pumping water from the roads and to determine the extent of the cleanup ahead. Tree/debris crews will be on-island on Friday morning to begin work.
We have been notified that portions of the roads leading to Seabrook Island are closed due to downed trees and/or power lines. Essential staff and additional Security officers are on stand-by. They will return to the island as soon as the access roads are passable – we hope that will be Friday morning at the latest. Because of limited access, the SIPOA Administration Office, Lake House and Community Center will be closed on Friday. If conditions improve, we will open the Lake House on Saturday at 8:00 am.
No guest or contractor access will be permitted until post-storm conditions have been evaluated and the Mayor authorizes re-entry. This may be as early as noon on Saturday, but depends on progress made. Please monitor the Town website for the most current information. Although we know our owners are concerned about the condition of their homes and are anxious to return, please understand that vehicle traffic and bike/pedestrian observers slow the recovery process, and put the cleanup crews and others at risk.
Please be aware that Security officers cannot do individual house checks. If during their patrol, they observe significant damage, they will note it and try to contact the owner. The Seabrook Island CERT Team is trained to do post-storm evaluations as part of the routine disaster recovery procedure.
After return is authorized, yard debris may be placed curbside. Please do not block roadways or storm drains with debris. SIPOA has a limited number of lawn/leaf bags available at the Administration Office @ 50¢. Because this is a NWS “named” storm, SIPOA crews will collect storm debris from regimes if it is placed in the SIPOA right of way. Please try to have the debris curbside by next Thursday, 9/12/19.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience – we’ll do everything we can to be back to normal as soon as possible.
-Submitted by Heather Paton