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Hurricane Irma Coverage

Rock 106.1 and Alpha Storm Central have got you covered for all of the latest post Hurricane Irma updates.

The six radio stations of ALPHA Media will be providing Alpha Storm Central Coverage of Hurricane Irma.  So tune to any of the 6 ALPHA Media stations for updates.  Bob 106.9, Rock 106.1, G100, Rewind 107.9, 98.3 Hank FM and 93.5 the Island.

CLICK HERE All current Chatham County road closure information


You may re-enter Chatham County including Tybee.
Hilton Head Island is open for re-entry, however the other barrier islands are not.
Liberty County is open for re-entry.
Glynn County is still closed at this time.

Please keep in mind that no matter where you are returning to there are a lot of areas will with out power.  And please be careful when returning home.

Chatham County:

  •  Major roads and bridge open.
  • Still power outages – treat non-working traffic lights like 4-way stops!
  • Check http://www.chathamcounty.org/road-closures or call 511 for smaller roads
  • Sav/Chatham Schools open Monday
  • County Offices and Courts Open
  • For County Questions call 912-201-4500
  • No curfew!
  • Chatham County Public Works:
    • Beginning Thursday, crews will be removing debris in the unincorporated areas
    • Place your storm debris at the curb for collection.  Separate vegetative debris from bulk waste.
    • Debris should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in the roadway.
    • Loose materials, such as leaves and twigs, must be containerized.
    • The Chevis Road Drop-off Center and the Wilmington Island (Concord Road) Drop-off Center are open.
    • The Sharon Drop-off Center on Kelly Hill Road will be open beginning at 8:30 am Thursday
  • Food and Help Resources:
    • America’s Second Harvest is providing hot meals to those who may not have power or resources on Wednesday, September 13th beginning at 11:30a. Second Harvest location at 2501 E. President Street
    • If you need assistance call 1-800-TRY-GEMA
    • For health related questions call 1-866-PUB-HLTH

Cities of Chatham County:

  • Bloomingdale:
    • Some residents still do not have power.
    • If residents without power use a grinder pump, it is advised that they not use their bathrooms. Georgia Power has already been contacted and is prioritizing these residents since this poses a health issue.
    • Court will be in session on Tuesday, September 26th

    Garden City:

    • All water and wastewater systems are functionally normally.
    • Waste Management of Savannah has begun collections with Garden City on its normal schedule for both recycling and trash.
    • All city departments to include City Hall are open.
    • All court hearings scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th will now be held on Wednesday, September 27th.
    • The Garden City Senior Center will open Thursday at 12PM for lunch.

    Port Wentworth:

    • City Hall open.
    • Municipal court for Wednesday cancelled.
    • Regular trash service schedule has resumed.

    Pooler:

    • Court for September 13th and September 14th has been cancelled.
    • Pooler Police Department officers have been helping assess damage.

    Savannah:

    • City services are expected to resume Wednesday and will operate as usual.
    • Residents should call 311 to report debris or schedule pick up.

    Thunderbolt:

    • Town Hall open with limited staff.
    • Garbage and yard debris pickup has resumed.
    • Damage assessment teams are active.  If you have property damage photos please send them to chankins@thunderboltga.org or text to 912-856-8939

    Tybee:

    • Water and sewer systems are fully functional.
    • Atlantic Waste will resume garbage and recycle pick up on Thursday.
    • Atlantic Waste will collect yard debris on Friday and Saturday

     

    Beaufort County:

     

     

    Town of Bluffton:

     

    • The Town of Bluffton has resumed regular hours
    • Town’s Customer Service Center phone number is 843-706-4500.
    • Waste Management Trash/Recycling has resumed.
    • Monday and Tuesday routes will be collected on normal schedule on Monday and Tuesday, September 18 and 19. Waste Management representatives said due to Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 routes not collected this week because of the evacuation, Waste Management representatives will pay close attention to extra waste outside of carts and will collect this material as well.
    • Waste Management residents are being asked to continue to place only allowed recyclables into the recycle bins.

     

    Beaufort County Islands:

     

    Hilton Head Island:

    • Island is open but be careful as some power is still being restored and some damage repaired and assessed.
    • Damage assessments are underway. For Hilton Head, unlike in Hurricane Matthew, the Island had experienced damage in limited areas; so building inspections will not be Island-wide but just in areas most impacted by flooding. Inspectors will leave a placard at each inspected structure with what they consider the level of damage. Green means minor damage and the building is safe to use. Yellow means more than minor damage, and only partial entry is allowed until repairs are done; Red means it’s unsafe and don’t go in. If you believe you have storm damage related to Hurricane Irma and have not received a placard by next Friday September 22 call the tow at 843-341-4757 to request an inspection.
    • All Town Beaches and Parks are open.
    • Town Pedestrian Pathways are open but still being cleaned up.

    Harbour and Fripp Islands :

    • Open to traffic but they recommend residents contact your property owners’ association before attempting to return to their homes.

    Jasper County:

    • The Jasper County School District are open.

     

    Effingham County

    • Effingham County Schools open Thursday.
    • Trash/Recycling:
    • Republic Service resumes Wednesday 7am on regular routes. Recycling is suspended until further notice; customers can use both cans for trash. Pick-ups will continue on regularly scheduled trash days to pick up both cans.
    • Waste Management – plans to resume service Wednesday on regular routes. Recycling and trash is to be kept separated as normal. Pick-ups will continue on regularly scheduled days..
    • Statewide Burn Ban: The Georgia Forestry Commission has issued a Statewide Burn Ban to last, at minimum, through the duration of the State of Emergency.
    • Effingham County-Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD): anyone with damage to home or property can call 1-800-451-1954 now through September 30, 2017. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in chainsaw work, debris cleanup, and mucking out. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need, please call ASAP.
    • Effingham County General Hurricane Information: 912-754-8206

    Liberty:

    • Please be aware the many areas of the County are still without power and debris is on many of the roadways. Residents are urged to use caution when returning home.
    • Liberty County Schools Open Thursday.
    • Please visit libertycountyga.com, www.facebook.com/libertycounty or call (912) 368-2201 for more information.

    Bryan:

    • Bryan County Schools Open Thursday
    • Waste Management has begun collections on normal schedule for both trash and recycling.
    • For General County Information: 912-858-4636

    McIntosh County:

    • Boil water advisory for all County water systems.
    • The 8pm to 8am curfew is still in effect for the entire county.
    • McIntosh County Schools closed through Friday and will stay closed until it is deemed safe it return.
    • McIntosh County Emergency Management Agency Phone Number: 912-437-6671

    Glynn County:

    • Still under Evacuation Order – Only Phase 2 Critical Workforce allowed in!
    • About 68% of the county is still without power – that’s about 28,000 homes and businesses.
    • School Closed through Friday and will stay closed until it is deemed safe
    • Water Service Intermittent
      • Sewer service is currently unavailable.
      • Please conserve water.
      • No showers or baths should be taken.
      • Toilets should not be flushed if at all possible. Sink use should be extremely limited. Do not run dish washer or washing machines
    • Curfew Midnight-6am through Saturday!
    • For questions call (912) 554-7111

Dedicated Public Information Lines:

Bryan                    912-858-4636,  follow the Bryan Emergency Management Agency on Twitter @BryanCountyEMA

Beaufort              800-963-5023

Effingham           912-754-8206, follow Effingham County Emergency Management Agency on Facebook, or www.effinghamcounty.org

Chatham              912-201-4500, text CHATHAMEMA to 40404, follow the Chatham Emergency Management Agency on Facebook or on Twitter @ChathamEMA

Glynn         If you live in Glynn County, go to the www.GlynnCounty.org, or follow the Glynn County Emergency Management Agency on Facebook, or on Twitter @GlynnCounty.

Liberty              912-368-2201  or  www.libertycountyga.com


School cancellations in preparation for Hurricane Irma

  • Savannah Chatham County Public Schools return on Monday September 18th.
  • Glynn County Schools are closed through Friday.
  • Bryan County Schools are closed through Friday.
  • Effingham County Schools are open.
  • Beaufort County School District all schools are open.
  •  Jasper County School District will be closed on Friday and Monday. All athletics and student activities are canceled until further notice, according to a district news release.
  • SCAD- delaying start of school and student return until Thursday September 14th. Students returning to Savannah will not be able to move into their residence’s until Saturday September 16th. Students currently on Savannah’s SCAD campus will begin being transported to Atlanta and SCAD’s Atlanta campus.
  • Savannah State University- Classes are cancelled through Wednesday September 13,2017.
  • Georgia Southern University’s Statesboro campus will be closed and classes will be canceled through at least Thursday, Sept. 14 and until further notice. Georgia Southern sponsored events are canceled through Thursday and until further notice and Coastal Georgia Center and Herty Advanced Materials Development Center are closed until further notice.
  • USC Beaufort classes are cancelled until Monday. Employees are back to work Thursday as safe travel allows and student housing will be open on Saturday afternoon. All online courses delivered by USCB or Palmetto College will resume Thursday.
  • TCL remains closed through today with no further details announced.
  • Armstrong State University: All classes and special events are cancelled until Monday.Staff is actively assessing facilities and grounds for damage and safety-related issues.  Power is out across campus and several large trees are down.  Armstrong will not re-open until power is restored and clean-up efforts are completed.
  • Pending power being restored, Armstrong will re-open and resume classes on Monday, September 18, 2017, at 8 AM at the main campus in Savannah and at the Liberty Center in Hinesville.
  • Residential students may return to the main campus on Friday, September 15th, beginning at 2 PM.

Utility Information

Helpful Cleaning Tips from Chatham County Emergency:

 

  • Regardless of how minor you think the damage is, take snapshots for possibleinsurance If the damage is considerable, be sure to contact your insurance company to see what benefits may be available to you.

 

  • If your property suffered major tree damage, the local municipality or emergency services may help clear the way. However if the downed trees are on your personal property, you will need to contact a tree expert to assess the damage and determine whether it is to be saved or removed.

 

  • To report Chatham County damage and submit photos, such as downed power lines, trees, flooding and washout; residents can do so through the Chatham Connect app, visit http://publicworks.chathamcounty.org/Service-Requests; or the Chatham County, Georgia, Facebook page.

 

  • If your basement or house has flooded, extracting the water will be your first order of business.  Residents should clean any drains that might have been covered by debris.

 

  • If you have drywall, the water-soaked portion will need to be removed and replaced. The chances of it drying out thoroughly are slim, and it holds the potential for mold and mildew. The same is true for water-damaged insulation behind drywall. Open vents and windows and set up a fan to keep fresh air circulating. The sooner everything dries, the less potential for mold, mildew and permanent damage. Some may consider investing in a dehumidifier to remove damp air and facilitate in the dry-out process.

 

  • Since floodwaters can be filled with a variety of contaminants from sewage to chemicals, make sure to clean floors, walls and furniture with a disinfectant(a solution of warm water and bleach should work). Be sure to wear a mask and gloves.

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