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Hurricane Matthew Recovery Update

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Debris Removal

Thru 3/06/17 +/- 2,127,252 cu yards of debris have been picked up. As of 03/06/17 60% of the final pass has been completed.

Stump Removal

418 stumps have been identified in the right of ways. Of these 225 do not qualify for FEMA reimbursement. 86 of the non-qualifying stumps are within public right of ways. 193 stumps within the right of ways do qualify for FEMA reimbursement. FEMA has advised the Town that we can proceed with the removal of 173 of these stumps. The remaining 20 qualifying stumps require further environmental and archeological review.

Stormwater Debris Removal

The Town is still awaiting approval from the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of a $1.2 million grant before any additional storm water debris removal can begin. The Town can seek additional funding from FEMA for any remaining storm water debris removal once these funds are awarded and spent. Other priorities have limited staff’s ability to complete a full inventory of all Hurricane Mathew storm water debris issues.

Marsh Debris Removal

Beaufort County has engaged a consultant to remove debris in all marshes within the County including Hilton Head. Their first step will be to develop an inventory of all marsh debris. The County anticipates completing the removal of all marsh debris in the County within 30 days.