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News Release #3, Tropical Storm Isaias 

August 2, 2020 @ 1 pm

The Town of James Island continues to closely monitoring the forecast track of Tropical Storm Isaias. The Town received a weather briefing from the Charleston National Weather Service at Noon today and participated in an emergency management conference at 12:30 pm today. Charleston County will not be activating its shelters, transportation plan nor its EOC for this storm. The Town continues to operate at OPCON level 2. Definitions of OPCON levels can be found at http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/OPCON.php.

 

 

The Town and the City of Charleston will be issuing sandbags beginning tomorrow, Monday August 3rd at 8 am to 4 pm. The Town will have a distribution site here at Town Hall and the entrance will be at 1122 Dills Bluff Rd. and exit onto Camp Rd. Residents will not be allowed to line up prior to 8 am. Residents with sandbags saved from prior storm events are encouraged to use those. Expect longer delays for sandbag operations due to safety precautions needed for COVID-19. To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect our residents, volunteers and staff, the Town of James Island is instituting the following measures for sandbag operations:

  1. All persons participating in sandbag operations shall wear a face covering.  This includes people getting sandbags, volunteers helping with operations and Town Staff.
  2. All persons handling supplies, equipment and any items that come in contact with the public shall wear gloves.
  3. Persons actively filling sandbags at a sand pile shall social distance and shall be limited to 8 persons at one time.
  4. All persons waiting to fill sandbags shall be in a specified line with at least 6 feet of social distance between persons not related or in the same household.
  5. Persons wishing to fill sandbags should bring their own shovels.  Any Town provided shovels shall be disinfected between uses. 
  6. Each household shall be limited to 10 sandbags each.

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to track north near the FL east coast today/tonight, along the GA/SC coasts Mon and over or close to Charleston County Mon night. Expect most impacts along and east of I-95, with greatest impacts near the coast, particularly across the Charleston Tri-County region and across adjacent Atlantic coastal waters. The overall confidence has increased regarding hazardous impacts from Isaias, with the greatest impacts anticipated Monday afternoon into Monday night.

 

There is a tropical storm warning, storm surge watch, and flash flood watch thru Monday evening for James Island. Below are the majority of impacts we can expect to see:

  1. Flooding Rainfall: Excessive rainfall, 3 to 6 inches with possibly greater localized amounts and flash flooding is possible. Of particular concern is a combination of heavy rain and storm surge inundation could flood numerous roads and some structures in Downtown Charleston Monday evening.
  2. Coastal Flooding: Dangerous storm surge inundation of up to 2 to 4 feet above ground level is possible, especially around the Monday evening high tide.
  3. Winds: Tropical storm force winds/gust are expected Monday into the night, especially near the coast. Strongest wind gusts may reach 70 mph along the Charleston County coast with the arrival of heavy rain bands Monday night. These winds could produce minor structural damage, knock down trees and produce some power outages.
  4. Rip Currents: High risk along the coast though Monday night.
  5. High Surf & Beach erosion: Moderate to major beach erosion possible along the entire coast Monday night.
  6. Tornados: Isolated tornados possible Monday night, mainly across the Charleston Tri-County area.

Charleston County recycling will be pushed back one day, and the James Island Public Service District will be operating on a holiday schedule, picking up Monday’s route on Tuesday. One of the most important things to remember during and after a storm is the need to separate yard debris. It’s critically important to separate yard debris from household debris and will make the clean-up of our island go much more smoothly. Remember – this is NOT the time to clean out your garage!

Additional Considerations:

  • Citizens should avoid unnecessary travel due to possible localized flooding caused by potential heavy rainfall. 
  • Please remove any items around your home that could cause damage due to the potential for strong wind gusts.
  • Please follow directions on traffic and message boards for road closure information and remind the public, “Turn around, Don’t drown.” 
  • In the event of possible flooding, citizens are asked not to drive around barricades or drive through standing water.
  • Emergency calls to 911 should be reserved to save a life, report a crime or report a fire.
    • DO NOT call 9-1-1 if you have water in your home unless your life is in danger.
    • DO NOT call 9-1-1 to report that your power is out, report the outage to your utility provider.

Always have these important phone numbers and links available throughout the storm season:

Dominion Energy Customer Service: 1-800-251-7234

Down/Sparking Lines: 1-888-333-4465

Gas Leaks: 1-800-815-0083

Power Outage: 1-888-333-4465

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns (Downed Trees) Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 743-7200

Outage Map: https://www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies/power-outages/outage-map

Social media – twitter - @domenergysc 

Here are other important links with helpful information before, during and after an event:

South Carolina Emergency Management Division: http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office: http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/  

Current Charleston County Hurricane Information: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/index.php

 Definition of OPCON levels:  http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/opcon.php  

 Download the Charleston County EMD App for the latest updates by searching CC EMD in your carrier’s app store.                       

For updates, visit the Charleston County website or follow us on our social media platforms:

 Visit website: www.charlestoncounty.org  

·         Emergency Management Departmenthttps://www.facebook.com/EMDChasCo/

The Town will continue to publish news releases and share relevant information from other agencies, so please make sure your contact information is up-to-date to receive our news releases through email, and always make sure to monitor the Town’s social media sites. If you don't receive Town News releases by email, sign up by sending an email to info@jamesislandsc.us 

Every resident should sign-up for the Charleston County Citizen Alert Notification System powered by EVERBRIDGE. This system allows you to be alerted any of the following ways:  home phone, mobile phone, text message, email or by fax. Mass notification keeps everyone informed before, during and after any emergency event. https://member.everbridge.net/453003085611698/login

Posted by Ashley Sunday, August 2, 2020 1:08:00 PM Categories: priority

News Release #2, Tropical Storm Isaias 

August 1, 2020

The Town of James Island continues to closely monitoring the forecast track of Tropical Storm / Hurricane Isaias. The Town participated in an emergency management conference with the County today, and the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center Staff stands ready to activate the transportation pickup plan and open shelters, if needed. No decision on issuing sandbags on James Island has been made. The Town continues to operate at OPCON level 2. Definitions of OPCON levels can be found at http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/OPCON.php.

 

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for coastal counties and Dorchester and Berkeley Counties. A continued trend slower with the movement of Isaias is expected to move along the FL east coast and then near the GA/SC coasts through Monday night. Confidence continues to increase that some impacts will occur across the area, especially along the SC coast, the Charleston Tri-County area and the nearby Atlantic waters. Uncertainty remains in the storm track/intensity forecast, which makes it difficult to determine the exact degree and timing of any potential impacts.

 

The majority impacts for our area are expected Monday into Monday night. Those impacts include: Rip Currents: Entire coast through Monday night. High Surf & Beach Erosion: Moderate to major beach erosion possible Monday and Monday night. Coastal Flooding: Minor to perhaps moderate (or even major) tidal flooding is possible with the Monday morning and Monday evening high tides, most likely along the southeast South Carolina coast including James Island. Inundation could also occur outside of the high tide cycles, mainly for a stronger land falling storm. Winds: Potential for tropical storm force winds/gusts Monday and Monday night, especially along the immediate SC coast and in the Charleston Tri-County area including James Island. These winds could cause minor structural damage, knock down trees and result in power outages. Flooding Rainfall: Heavy rainfall is most likely Monday and Monday night, mainly near the SC coast and across the Charleston Tri-County area including James Island. Tornadoes: Isolated tornadoes are possible. 

 

Always have these important phone numbers and links available throughout the storm season:

Dominion Energy Customer Service: 1-800-251-7234

Down/Sparking Lines: 1-888-333-4465

Gas Leaks: 1-800-815-0083

Power Outage: 1-888-333-4465

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns (Downed Trees) Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 743-7200

Outage Map: https://www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies/power-outages/outage-map

Social media – twitter - @domenergysc 

Here are other important links with helpful information before, during and after an event:

South Carolina Emergency Management Division: http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office: http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/  

Current Charleston County Hurricane Information: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/index.php

 Definition of OPCON levels:  http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/opcon.php  

 Download the Charleston County EMD App for the latest updates by searching CC EMD in your carrier’s app store.                       

For updates, visit the Charleston County website or follow us on our social media platforms:

 Visit website: www.charlestoncounty.org  

·         Emergency Management Departmenthttps://www.facebook.com/EMDChasCo/

 

The Town will continue to publish news releases and share relevant information from other agencies, so please make sure your contact information is up-to-date to receive our news releases through email, and always make sure to monitor the Town’s social media sites. If you don't receive Town News releases by email, sign up by sending an email to info@jamesislandsc.us 

Every resident should sign-up for the Charleston County Citizen Alert Notification System powered by EVERBRIDGE. This system allows you to be alerted any of the following ways:  home phone, mobile phone, text message, email or by fax. Mass notification keeps everyone informed before, during and after any emergency event. https://member.everbridge.net/453003085611698/login

Posted by Ashley Saturday, August 1, 2020 6:48:00 PM Categories: priority

News Update #1- Hurricane Isaias 

Friday, July 31, 2020

 

The Town of James Island participated in a Tri-county conference call at 12:30 p.m. with Charleston County. The Town of James Island is monitoring the development of Hurricane Isaias and currently operating at OPCON 2. Definitions of OPCON levels can be found at http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/OPCON.php.

Here are some key issues:

  • Isaias is currently 850 miles SSE of Charleston moving NW at 16 mph
  • Tropical Storm force winds could be in the area Sunday night into Monday morning; Saturday to Monday Rip Currents and beach erosion
  • Possible flooding during Sunday through Monday with high tides
  • Possible flash flooding due to heavy rain Sunday through Monday
  • Storm is expected to turn North, then Northeast. The timing of this will determine how close to the coast it will get. There is a possibility of a landfall in or near Charleston County.

Always have these important phone numbers and links available throughout the storm season:

Dominion Energy Customer Service: 1-800-251-7234

Down/Sparking Lines: 1-888-333-4465

Gas Leaks: 1-800-815-0083

Power Outage: 1-888-333-4465

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns (Downed Trees) Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 743-7200

Outage Map: https://www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies/power-outages/outage-map

Social media – twitter - @domenergysc 

Here are other important links with helpful information before, during and after an event:

South Carolina Emergency Management Division: http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office: http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/  

Current Charleston County Hurricane Information: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/index.php

 Definition of OPCON levels:  http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/opcon.php  

 Download the Charleston County EMD App for the latest updates by searching CC EMD in your carrier’s app store.                       

For updates, visit the Charleston County website or follow us on our social media platforms:

 Visit website: www.charlestoncounty.org  

The Town will continue to publish news releases and share relevant information from other agencies, so please make sure your contact information is up-to-date to receive our news releases through email, and always make sure to monitor the Town’s social media sites.

Every resident should sign-up for the Charleston County Citizen Alert Notification System powered by EVERBRIDGE. This system allows you to be alerted any of the following ways:  home phone, mobile phone, text message, email or by fax. Mass notification keeps everyone informed before, during and after any emergency event. https://member.everbridge.net/453003085611698/login

 

 

Posted by Frances Friday, July 31, 2020 2:25:00 PM Categories: priority

Hurricane Season is Here! 

The Town of James Island is busy preparing for the storm season, and we hope you are as well!

Not sure what you should be doing to prepare yourself and your home? Visit FEMA’s website for  Citizen Preparedness: http://www.ready.gov/

One of the most important things to remember during and after a storm is the need to separate yard debris. It’s critically important to separate yard debris from household debris and will make the clean-up of our island go much more smoothly. Remember – this is NOT the time to clean out your garage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, as we prepare for Hurricane Season during the current COVID environment, there will be some changes to how the Town issues sandbags. Anticipate being required to wear a mask, bring your own shovel, and expect more delays as social-distancing measures will be put into place.

Always have these important phone numbers and links available throughout the storm season:

Dominion Energy Customer Service: 1-800-251-7234

Down/Sparking Lines: 1-888-333-4465

Gas Leaks: 1-800-815-0083

Power Outage: 1-888-333-4465

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns (Downed Trees) Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 743-7200

Outage Map: https://www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies/power-outages/outage-map

Social media – twitter - @domenergysc 

Here are other important links with helpful information before, during and after an event:

South Carolina Emergency Management Division: http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office: http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/  

Current Charleston County Hurricane Information: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/index.php

 Definition of OPCON levels:  http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/opcon.php  

 

Download the Charleston County EMD App for the latest updates by searching CC EMD in your carrier’s app store.                       

For updates, visit the Charleston County website or follow us on our social media platforms:

 Visit website: www.charlestoncounty.org  

 

The Town will continue to push out news releases in the event of a storm and share relevant information from other agencies, so please make sure to always make sure your contact info is up-to-date so you’re able to receive our news releases through email, and always make sure to monitor the Town’s social media sites.

Every resident should sign-up for the Charleston County Citizen Alert Notification System powered by EVERBRIDGE. This system allows you to be alerted any of the following ways:  home phone, mobile phone, text message, email or by fax. Mass notification keeps everyone informed before, during and after any emergency event. https://member.everbridge.net/453003085611698/login

Posted by Ashley Thursday, July 30, 2020 11:18:00 AM Categories: priority

Yorktown Drive Closed Until 2 p.m. today 

In order to complete some utility work associated with the new Camp Road Middle School, Yorktown Drive will be closed at Camp Road until approximately 2 p.m. today. 

Posted by Frances Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:14:00 AM Categories: priority
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