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Posted on: September 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] City of Charleston Hurricane Hermine Updates

Update #3, 3:54 p.m., September 1
City Storm Update on Closure of City Offices, Facilities

City of Charleston offices will be closed tomorrow, September 2 to non-essential personnel due to the forecast of severe weather as Hurricane Hermine passes the city. The closure does not apply to public safety employees and other city personnel needed to provide essential services.

The closure includes the Municipal Court, all parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities. Recreation Department activities scheduled to take place tomorrow are cancelled. Recreation facilities and activities are tentatively scheduled to re-open on Saturday, September 3. Public Service crews will collect trash on Friday up until the conditions of the storm become unsafe to do so. Any trash on the Friday route that is not collected on Friday will be collected on Saturday.

In addition to the Charleston Aquarium parking garage located at 24 Calhoun Street, residents who live in flood prone areas within the City may also park their vehicles free at the Visitors Center Garage located at 375 Meeting Street beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 1. Cars must be removed by noon on Saturday, September 3. Residents should take a parking ticket from the machine, proceed to the top two decks to park and, when checking out, be prepared to show proof of residency to the attendant.

Residents who have questions about the storm can call the City of Charleston Citizen Information Line at 843-619-6133.

The City of Charleston road closure map will be updated throughout the storm.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said, “The most recent forecast from the National Weather Service shows there is a significant risk of high winds, heavy rainfall and flash flooding in the Charleston area on Friday. We’re asking all of our citizens to take a safety first approach and stay home tomorrow, if possible. Flash flooding can happen quickly and makes for dangerous conditions on the roads. For your safety, do not walk or drive into standing water.”
City Storm Update on Closure of City Offices, Facilities

Update #2, 11:30 a.m. September 1
City Update on Sandbags, Parking for Tropical Storm Hermine

The City of Charleston has a limited number of free sandbags available to assist residents who anticipate localized flooding. The sandbags may be picked up from two locations:

  • City of Charleston Bees Ferry Fire Station at 1985 Bees Ferry Road, where sandbags can be picked up until dusk Thursday night. This location will open again at 7:00 a.m. Friday morning.
  • Also, residents may pick up sandbags from the Milford Street Public Works Operations Complex at 2150 Milford Street, which will be open until 7:00 p.m. Thursday night. This location will open again at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. Enter the first gate on the right hand side and proceed to the rear of the complex.

Residents are limited to 15 sandbags per household.

Sandbags can be purchased at any Lowes in the Charleston area.

Residents who live in flood prone areas within the City may park their vehicles free at the City of Charleston Aquarium parking garage located at 24 Calhoun Street beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 1, 2016. Cars must be removed by noon on Saturday, September 3. Residents should take a parking ticket from the machine, proceed to the top two decks to park and, when checking out, be prepared to show proof of residency to the attendant.

For additional information residents should call the City of Charleston information line which is operational until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 1 and all day on Friday, September 2 at 843-619-6133.

City Update on Sandbags, Parking for Tropical Storm Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine Update #1, 6:13 p.m., August 31
City of Charleston Prepares for Tropical Storm Hermine

The city’s Emergency Management Department is in close communication with Charleston County and other local agencies about the potential for severe weather and receives frequent updates from the National Weather Service.

Public Service Department employees have been cleaning streets and clearing drains, ditches and basins in anticipation of the heavy rains and high tides.

Charleston Police Department is pre-positioning barricades at intersections and will have extra officers working during the storm to monitor road conditions and close roads when necessary.

Charleston Fire Department, in addition to normal staffing, will have two additional quick response units positioned downtown and in West Ashley.

As of now, the city of Charleston will open its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Friday morning to manage the city response to the storm. Representatives from throughout the city including Police, Fire, Public Service and Parks will staff the EOC to ensure a quick an efficient response to any issues caused by the storm.

City of Charleston Emergency Management Director, Mark Wilbert, said, “With the storm's track still changing by the hour, we're currently requesting that residents make appropriate preparations for the possibility of severe weather beginning as early as Thursday night, and carefully monitor local media outlets for further information and instructions as they become available.”

The City of Charleston road closure map will be updated throughout the storm.

City of Charleston Prepares for Tropical Storm Hermine

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