September 08, 2017
Hurricane Irma Update # 4
Today the Town participated in a conference call with Charleston County Emergency Management Department and regional counterparts to discuss Hurricane Irma.
The report from that meeting was that an evacuation order is still highly likely. The time frame to which that would be implemented is still uncertain but potentially as early as Saturday. The Governor’s office is holding a press conference at 2:00 p.m. today.
Hurricane Irma is now a Category 4 hurricane and although it appears the models track indicate we will not have a direct hit, they are uncertain where the track would go if the storm makes a hard right. Even if there is not an evacuation order, it is anticipated that our area will experience significant storm surge, heavy rain, and possible flooding and clean up similar to what we saw in Hurricane Matthew. If conditions are severe, power and water could be shut down.
Today at 3:00 p.m., the Town will follow Charleston County’s lead and move to OPCON 2.
- The Charleston County landfill is not accessible to commercial drop-offs; therefore, trash collection has been suspended until Tuesday. Please bring trash receptacles in from the street.
- Town and KICA offices are closed through Tuesday.
- Beginning today at 5:00 p.m., the Community Association will close the island for commercial access with exceptions made for those assisting with storm preparations.
- Ponds and lakes are at max drainage in anticipation of heavy rain and potential flooding.
- The nearest sandbag distribution center is James Island at James Island Youth Soccer Field located on 871 Fort Johnson Road open dusk till dawn) or Dock Street Park 1433 Patterson Avenue (open dusk till dawn).
- Sandcastle is closed until further notice. All regularly scheduled classes & meetings are canceled. Also, all water will be turned off to boardwalks & fountains.
- The Station hours of operation are the following: Today until 7:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 – 10: 00 a.m. then closing until Tuesday. Residents will still have access to gas pumps with credit card access as long as there is power.
- For information on Freshfields Village tenant hours/closures click here
- Kiawah Island is in a flood zone. Please review this notice regarding cleanup of damaged structures within in a flood a flood plain area.
Residents should prepare now for the possibility of evacuation to include:
- Making hotel reservations or plans to evacuate to a friend or relative
- Obtaining gasoline for automobiles and generators
- Securing personal property either by your own means or by calling property managers.
- Reviewing personal safety plans and evacuation routes
- If you have special needs regarding medical assistance, contact the Disabilities Resource Center at (843) 225-5080.
- Charleston County has activated the Citizen Information Line at 843-746-3900 as well as the S.C. Public Information line 1-866-246-0133
What to expect if in an evacuation:
- Concurrent with the evacuation order, critical public safety services including Fire and EMS will withdraw their equipment and personnel from the island.
- If conditions are severe, power and water could be shut down.
Official evacuation route:
- Evacuation Zones Kiawah/Seabrook Island is in ZONE A
- Evacuation Route Bohicket/Main Rd. to US 17. US 17 south to SC 64 where you will go to Walterboro, then to North Augusta.
While the situation is still fluid, the Town and Community Association are making preparations to respond in whatever capacity the event demands. We will continue to monitor Hurricane Irma and communicate necessary information to our residents.
You can expect the next update tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. If there is breaking news we will release that information before our scheduled communication. You can expect updates via our website, email notifications or social media.
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