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Hurricane Matthew - Week Eleven Highlights
December 23, 2016
Highlights for the Town of Hilton Head Island

by Town Manager, Steve Riley

  • The Hilton Head Area Association of REALTORS® in partnership with the National Association of REALTORS® is offering assistance to Beaufort and Jasper county victims of Hurricane Matthew through the REALTOR® Relief Fund. The foundation is providing mortgage or rent relief up to $1,000 to those who qualify.  Over $32,000 in grants have already been awarded! For details and the application form, go to www.HHRealtor.com.

  • The deadline to apply for individual assistance from FEMA has passed.

  • The FEMA Disaster Assistance Center at Town Hall (DRC) has closed permanently.

  • Some 800 individuals were served by the DRC Staff at the Hilton Head Island location.

  •  Information for those who are processing their applications may be found at www.disasterassistance.gov or on the Town website.

  • Crowder Gulf's 79 debris pick-up crews will cease operations for the holiday season starting at the close of business Friday December 23rd and continuing through January 2nd. Crews will return to the normal operating schedule on January 3rd.

  • The 3 citizen drop off centers will be closed December 24th, December 25th, December 31st and January 1st.

  • The Grinding of the Greens Program has been re-established again this year for recycling Christmas trees. Jones Brothers Tree Service has agreed to provide the service. Details are posted on the Town’s website at http://hiltonheadislandsc.gov/government/news/newsdetails.cfm?NewsID=334.

  • Through December 20th, there has been 1,466,592 Cubic Yards (CY's) of vegetative disaster debris collected on the Island. 42,301 hanging trees and 5,230 leaning trees have been addressed.

  • To date, 460,697 CY's of mulch has been hauled out to a variety of locations including a paper mill, local farm, Savannah Port for shipment overseas, Oakwood Landfill, and other locations. Logs have been collected by a firewood supply company, a lumber mill and delivered to the Port for shipment to Vietnam.

  • Both Debris Management Sites are reaching their capacity. Therefore, beginning December 26th and through December 30th, crews will continue to grind and haul out material to reduce the stockpile.

  • The Town's monitoring contractor has has estimated that we will collect 2.5 million CY's of debris.  2 million CY's from private roads and 0.5 million CY's from public roads.

  • The Town's application for an Emergency Beach Renourishment permit for badly damaged portions of Sea Pines is currently out for public comment.

  • Emergency Building Permits issued: 679; this is not quite 25% of the nearly 3,000 structures that will require permits to effect repairs.

  • Regular Building Permits issued: 619

There will be no update posted next week. Updates will resume in the New Year. Happy Holidays and here’s wishing you a storm-free 2017!