Mandatory Evacuation Order Lifted
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has lifted the mandatory evacuation order for four Lowcountry counties effective at 12 p.m. Saturday.
Charleston, Dorchester, Colleton, and Berkeley Counties are no longer under the mandatory evacuation order.
The governor encouraged residents to have patience and expect long travel times as well as possible blocked roadways. Drivers should watch out for fallen trees and downed power lines as well.
Charleston County School District
CCSD is currently assessing damages and will make a final decision tomorrow on whether to reopen schools on Monday, September 17th.
Town of Meggett - Town Hall
Town Hall will resume regular business operations on Monday, September 17th. Any residents wishing to report issues or infrastructure damages are encouraged to use the Report It form available on the Town's website.
Charleston County Emergency Management
Charleston County Emergency Management is encouraging citizens to report damages resulting from Hurricane Florence. This information is relayed to FEMA for disaster relief support and statistics. Please click here to access the online form.
Charleston International Airport
Charleston International Airport reopened its airfield Saturday afternoon.
Joint Base Charleston gave airlines at the airport the all-clear to resume operations, according to airport spokesperson Charlene Gunnells.
Passengers should check with their airline to confirm the status of their flights, airport officials said.
The Town of Meggett would like to thank all of our residents for their continued support this past week. Preparing for a major hurricane is never an easy task and we are so thankful that our beautiful town escaped with little damage. Our thoughts and prayers are with the thousands of people across the Carolinas who were affected by Hurricane Florence.
Sand and sandbags are still available at Meggett Park (across from Town Hall) for anyone who needs them. Town Staff estimates that there are roughly 800 empty bags left and enough sand to fill possibly 500 of the bags.
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SHOVEL!
As Hurricane Florence approaches, SCE&G is encouraging customers to be prepared and stay safe for what may be a prolonged outage event.
“Regardless of this storm’s exact path, we anticipate Florence will bring dangerous winds and the potential for heavy rain and flooding across our service territory, which could result in significant power outages for our customers,” SCE&G Vice President of Operations Bill Turner said. “We have worked for years to strengthen our system against the impacts of severe weather, and our response for this particular event has already begun. We ask that all of our customers stand ready to execute their plans as well.”
While the goal is to restore power safely and efficiently during the height of the storm, SCE&G says they are committed to making sure that all employees are safe until the storm passes.
“A severe weather event such as this will be challenging not only for our customers, but also our employees,” Turner said. “Crews will begin restoring power as soon as it is safe for them to do so.”
Customers can monitor power outages in their area on the SCE&G website here.
By text: Register your mobile device for SCE&G’s text option at www.sceg.com/text. Log in to your account and look for "Activate Text Options” under the "Account Options” feature and then follow the instructions. Once you are registered, if you are experiencing an outage, text the word "OUT” to 467234 (gosceg).
By mobile device: Report and check the status of your power outage online from your internet-ready mobile device or phone by visiting the website and clicking on “Outages & Emergencies.”
By phone: 888-333-4465.
Stay away from downed power lines. Storms can cause tree limbs and entire trees to break and fall, sometimes taking power lines and even meter boxes down with them, officials say. Always assume any downed power line you see is live and stay away. To report a downed line, call 888-333-4465.
It is not necessary to turn off your natural gas service at the meter during a hurricane. Natural gas is distributed through underground lines that should operate uninterrupted throughout the storm. However, if you believe flooding could cause the pilot light of a natural gas appliance to be extinguished, you can turn off the appliance’s supply valve. If you do turn off the appliance’s supply valve, or if your appliance becomes flooded, do not try to relight the pilot light yourself; instead, contact a qualified contractor to inspect the appliance before using it.
Sand and sandbags will be available at Meggett Park (across from Town Hall) at 10 AM. Please be sure to bring your own shovel! There are 2,000 bags available but this is a first come, first serve basis, so we recommend planning ahead to ensure you receive adequate supplies. We urge residents to be prepared, stay updated, and above all stay safe during this time. Thank you!
Mandatory Evacuation Ordered:
The Town of Meggett is preparing for Hurricane Florence. We will have sand and sandbags available tomorrow (Tuesday 9/11) afternoon at Town Hall. We participated in a Charleston County Emergency Operation conference call yesterday and will again today at 12pm. The track of the storm is still uncertain, but we are likely to have significant rain, wind, and storm surge. Our website will be updated according to the information we receive from the Emergency Operations Center and the Governor's Office. I encourage you to be prepared and above all, stay safe.