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Media Release

FEMA Approval of Private Property Debris Removal on Hilton Head Island

Release Date: October 28, 2016

Contact Information:
Stephen G. Riley, ICMA-CM email icon , Town Manager, 843-341-4701


On October 26, 2016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the Town's request for debris removal from private roads and right-of-ways under FEMA's public assistance program for Hilton Head Island.

FEMA has provided approval specifically identifying the following communities for private property debris removal: Hilton Head Plantation, Indigo Run Plantation; Leamington; Long Cove; Palmetto Dunes Resort; Palmetto Hall Plantation; Port Royal Plantation; Sea Pines Plantation; Shipyard Plantation; Spanish Wells; and Wexford Plantation.

Any other areas where private property debris removal is in the public interest will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Town must submit all requests and supporting documentation for clearance of debris from any additional private roads by January 24, 2017.

POA's owning private roads that wish to request the Town's assistance to remove debris must provide proof of ownership of each road, indemnification, right of entry, and insurance information. This information must be accepted by the Town and approved by FEMA prior to the Town beginning work to clear debris. For all other private roads which need Town assistance to clear debris, the Town intends to follow FEMA guidance and to remove debris in accordance with the Town’s emergency disaster debris removal ordinance and nuisance abatement laws, if necessary.

The Town will hold meetings for POAs to request the Town's assistance to remove debris from the right of ways in their neighborhoods and to learn additional information about what FEMA requires on Monday, October 31, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. and on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall in the Benjamin M. Racusin Council Chambers. Each POA not already approved for debris removal by FEMA is requested to send a representative from their POA Board or their Property Manager to attend these meetings.