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Hurricane Irma Updates

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September 14, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

Dates have been scheduled to allow the burning of yard waste due to Hurricane Irma.  The dates will be Saturday 9/16/2017, Saturday 9/23/2017 and Saturday 9/30/2017.

Please be advised the rules of the Town’s burning ordinance still apply:

  • You must have a burn permit
  • Burning of yard waste is for one and two family dwellings for debris originating on-site.
  • No burning of yard waste on commercial properties is permitted.
  • No burning of construction debris or household goods/trash. Citations will be issued.
  • Your permit must be registered each day by calling 843-682-5125.
  • The burn line is updated each day. Burning will only be allowed if the weather permits.
  • Burning of yard waste is only permitted from Sunrise to Sunset.
  • Debris piled in public right-of-way cannot be burned.
  • Responsible persons must be on-site at all times with an extinguishing method.
  • The pile size of 3 foot in diameter and 2 foot in height must be maintained, and the 25 foot distance away from structures must be maintained.
  • Fires must be extinguished at sunset.
  • All rules will be enforced.
  • The fire department will be inspecting the burns.
  • Upon request, the fire department will inspect an area to help the property owner comply with the rules prior to conducting burning.

The Town & County will not be providing curbside pickup of Hurricane Irma storm debris.
Beaufort County is opening two Debris Management Sites to accept Class 1 and 2 debris, as well as white goods debris:

  • Pinckney Point - 651 Pinckney Colony Road in Bluffton
  • Ihly Farms - 66 Ihly Farm Road in Beaufort

September 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Hilton Head Hospital has resumed all operations and services are fully functional.


September 12, 2017 at 5:45 p.m..m.

County to Open Convenience Centers and Debris Sites September 13.

Following closures due to Hurricane Irma, all Beaufort County Convenience Centers are scheduled to open tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13. Centers are typically closed on Wednesdays, but the County is reopening them early to accommodate residents. The Centers will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All Centers will return to their normal operating schedules Thursday, September 14.

The County will not provide curbside pickup of Hurricane Irma storm debris.

Beaufort County is opening two Debris Management Sites to accept Class 1 and 2 debris, as well as white goods debris:

  • Ihly Farms - 66 Ihly Farm Road in Beaufort
  • Pinckney Point - 651 Pinckney Colony Road in Bluffton

Read more...


September 12, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.

Irma is Gone - Come Back Home

Effective at 9:15 a.m. today, the Governor lifted the evacuation order for our community and I simultaneously granted re-entry to the Island. Please take care to travel safely and keep these things in mind:

  1. With the evacuation order lifted and the re-entry order established, you will be able to travel over the bridge and onto the Island.
  2. The Emergency Room operations at Hilton Head Hospital will be operational at 10:00 a.m. These are EMERGENCY ROOM OPERATIONS ONLY. It will take time to re-establish full operations at the Hospital.
  3. Power may not be available in a few spots. Palmetto Electric is diligently working to restore power to the approximately 1,500 customers currently without power on Hilton Head Island. Read more...

September 12, 2017 at 9:15 a.m.

Governor McMaster expected to hold a press conference at 10:00 AM. Sheriff P.J. Tanner will follow immediately after.


September 11, 2017 at 6:14 p.m.

HH PSD Update

There is no need to boil water. No water quality issues.

Island Club sewer lift station is back in operations.


September 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

An order from the Mayor's office for re-entry onto the Island will not occur until the Governor has first lifted the mandatory evacuation order for the Beaufort County barrier islands AND the Emergency Room at the Hilton Head Hospital is open and operational.

The Town of Hilton Head Island wants to get all of our evacuated residents back home and to their businesses as soon as possible and, more importantly, as soon as it is deemed safe. No reentry times are available as of yet. We encourage those who have evacuated to stay informed and to remain in place, until the Town of Hilton Head Island in conjunction with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office have a better idea on possible reentry times. Again, Hilton Head Island is still under an evacuation order by Governor Henry McMaster. Reentry will not be allowed until that order is lifted.


September 11, 2017 at 1:45 p.m.

Fire Rescue out inspecting critical facilities and assessing their first response area. We will continue to update as information is received. Known roads that are impassable due to flooding as of 9/11/2017 at 1:30 p.m. View List...


September 11, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue Resumes Response 9/11/2017 @ 11:45 a.m.

Please stay off the roads; dangerous conditions still exist.


September 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Emergency Operations on the Island Have Been Suspended

Monday, September 11, 2017 - As of 9 a.m. all emergency operations have been suspended on the island due to wind conditions. An update will be provided when operations can be resumed on island.


September 11, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

Message from Mayor David Bennett


September 11, 2017 at 6:30 a.m.

Hurricane Irma EOC Briefing 6:30 A.M.


September 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Emergency Response During Hurricane Irma with Chief Brad Tadlock


September 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Hurricane Irma EOC Briefing 4:00 P.M.


September 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Hurricane Irma Important Facts - 9/10/2017 5:00 p.m. pdf icon


September 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Hurricane Irma Important Facts - 9/10/2017 11:00 a.m. pdf icon


September 10, 2017 at 9:15 a.m.

Hilton Head Island EOC Briefing


September 9, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Message from Mayor David Bennett


September 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Video recap of today's key points from the Hilton Head Island Emergency Operations Center.


September 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Media Relase - Operation of Town of Hilton Head Island Town Hall and Facilities


September 9, 2017 at 1:45 p.m.

Message from Mayor David Bennett


September 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Hurricane Irma Important Facts - 9/9/2017 2 p.m. pdf icon


September 8, 2017 at 10:45 p.m.

Governor Henry McMaster's press conference. Evacuation ordered for Hilton Head Island beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Information from Beaufort County Emergency Management concerning mandatory evacuation of Hilton Head Island.


September 8, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Preparing the Town's Stormwater System
Ward Williamson talks about what the Town's Engineering Department is doing to ensure the storm water system is ready for Hurricane Irma.

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