September 11, 2018
Hurricane Florence Update #5
Today the Town participated in a conference call with Charleston County Emergency Management Department and regional counterparts to discuss Hurricane Florence. The National Weather Service forecasters indicate that the South Carolina coast is still in the cone of uncertainty. Charleston County is still under a mandatory evacuation order.
According to weather and county emergency agencies, Charleston County is under a hurricane watch and could experience heavy rainfall, storm surge, tropical storm force winds, flooding, and possible tornado threats. There will be strong rip currents and high surf along the Atlantic Ocean. As always with severe weather, power outages could occur.
- Trash collection is suspended for the rest of the week. Please make sure your cans are pulled in and secure. Tentatively trash service will resume on Monday.
- Town and KICA administrative offices are closed until further notice.
- In order to facilitate the Governor’s mandatory evacuation, KICA’s main gate will maintain normal operations on Wednesday, September 12th through the business day. If the mandatory evacuation is still in place at the close of business, the inbound gate will be closed, and personnel will leave the island. Gate operations will resume as soon as the evacuation order is lifted, and personnel can make it back to the island.
- The Sandcastle is closed until further notice. All classes and events are canceled until further notice.
- KICA’s pond system has been set to max drainage since yesterday morning. It typically takes 3-4 falling tide cycles to accomplish a significant drawdown of water levels, as downstream ponds empty into the river, and then refill with water from upstream ponds. The overall system is draining, but each individual pond rises and falls throughout the process. It’s not unusual for large fish kills to occur as a result of this process.
- The Station will be open through mid-afternoon Thursday after which the gas pumps will be left on for credit purchases as long as there is power to the island. Pumps will be filled each day as long as they can get out to the Station.
- Beachwalker County Park is closed until further notice.
- For Freshfields Village store operations visit http://www.freshfieldsvillage.com/village-hours
- Please be aware there are already strong rip currents and high surf along the Atlantic Ocean. Please do not enter the water.
- Concurrent with the evacuation order and if condition warrant, critical public safety services including Fire and EMS may withdrawal their equipment and personnel from the island.
- If conditions are severe, power and water systems could be shut down. If that were to happen we will communicate that message promptly.
- If you have special needs regarding medical assistance, contact the Disabilities Resource Center at (843) 225-5080.
- Charleston County Citizen Information Line is open 24 hours daily at 843-746-3900.
- Residents will not be allowed back into the Town until deemed safe for reentry and authorized by the Mayor. We will release that information via our website (www.kiawahisland.org), email notifications, social media and CodeRED.
- Emergency teams will be evaluating through the duration of the event.