This morning MondaySheriff P. Tanner, along with county and municipal elected and appointed officials representing Bluffton, Beaufort, Hilton Head Island and Port Royal, held a press conference regarding the evacuation order for Beaufort County ahead of Hurricane Dorian. As of p. Key points from the press conference include the following:. Make good decisions for yourselves, your loved ones and your pets and evacuate inland and away from storm impacts to safety. The lane reversal on U. This will allow those returning to Hilton Head Island access to their homes and businesses.
During the evacuation, motorists will be able to drive in and out of Beaufort County. Beaufort County government offices and schools will be closed Tuesday, September 3, and will remain closed until further notice. The Beaufort Memorial Hospital is currently open. Although Hilton Head Island Hospital is planning to close at p.
Our hospitals Coastal Carolina Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital currently remain open to care for patients, however we have cancelled elective surgeries and all outpatient departments are closed for Tuesday, September 3rd and Wednesday, September 4th. We encourage all patients with questions on their surgery times to contact their physician directly. Hospital staff with questions about upcoming shifts should contact their director. It is important to note that the hospitals are not state designated shelters.
We encourage patients and visitors to monitor local news stations for updates on the storm and check back here for updates on our operations. The shelter opened for Beaufort County residents and guests at noon today, Monday. It is a pet-friendly shelter, but pet owners must bring their own cages, pet foods and leashes.
Palmetto Breeze will provide transportation throughout the evacuation and its vehicles will be staged at the following locations:. If you require transportation to one of the above locations, please call the Palmetto Breeze evacuation hotline at to make those arrangements.
As of today Mondayaccording to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Dorian was 25 miles northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahamas, was traveling west-northwest at 1 mile per hour, and had sustained winds of miles per hour. Our Emergency Services Function partners—state, county and municipal law enforcement, fire, EMS, and other government agencies—are in place to streamline communication and further coordinate resources needed in anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Dorian.
Residents and guests can expect to see an increased presence of law enforcement and National Guard personnel throughout Beaufort County. Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, and for the evacuation, we urge Beaufort County residents and guests to review their personal plans.
For information on developing a personal plan, please download the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management mobile app:. In the event of a public safety emergency or natural disaster, please look to federal, state, county and municipal government officials, as well as trusted print, radio and television media for information and instruction.
We urge you to avoid information spread through social media, unless it comes from one of the trusted sources. Listen Now on iHeartRadio. Have a Personal Plan Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, and for the evacuation, we urge Beaufort County residents and guests to review their personal plans.The ordinance passed with an 8 to 2 vote. It will go into effect on Friday, July 3 at p. Several towns in Beaufort County have passed masks ordinances of their own.
According to the ordinanceall persons entering any commercial or public building open in the unincorporated county with the exceptions noted below in Section 9 must wear a face covering and maintaining social distancing where possible while inside the building. All restaurants, retail establishments of every descriptions, salons, grocery stores, and pharmacies in the limits of the county require employees to wear a face covering at all times that the employees are in any area where the general public is allowed or when the employees must be in close proximity to one another.
This requirement also applies to all persons providing or utilizing public or commercial transportation including tours and all business or employees while interacting with people in outdoor spaces including but not limited to curbside pick-up, delivery, and service calls.
All such businesses must provide face coverings or materials for the making of such face coverings for their employees. Education and voluntary compliance are desired means of enforcement, according to council. Businesses can receive violation but no penalties or fines for now.
Code Enforcement will be in charge of enforcing this ordinance for businesses. Business owners and operators have responsibility for informing patrons of the above requirements and shall post conspicuous signage at all entrances informing its patrons of the requirements of this ordinance. To the point where we are now in a pandemic state.
Joseph Passiment, Jr. So I wholeheartedly understand so I think a fine maybe a little extreme, you know? I would say, say something to them, but fining people? Lowcountry News Beaufort County Council passes ordinance requiring masks. Copyright WTOC. All rights reserved.Beaufort County Government is here to help you explore our region's resources, opportunities, and recreation.
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If you cannot find a shut off valve, you should have one installed as soon as possible, before you have a plumbing emergency. Call a plumber if you are unable to make the installation yourself.
If you need your water turned off to install a shutoff valve, please call our Customer Service Department to have that scheduled. Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure are available for fire emergencies.
Flushing is also done to help maintain water quality in the distribution system. The quality issue could be either a taste, color, or odor complaint.
We also monitor disinfection residual and at times have to flush to increase this. It may seem as if there is a significant amount of water that is wasted, or that is going into local storm sewers or waterways.
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The impact of this water is substantially less than the average rain event. Why is it necessary to have a backflow prevention device on my meter? By-pass arrangements, jumper connections, removable sections, swivel or changeover devices and other temporary or permanent devices through which or because of which backflow can or may occur are considered cross-connections.
Backflow or backsiphonage can happen accidentally through a cross connection, where a pipe or hose that contains polluted water is connected to the water supply pipeline. If the water system loses pressure, harmful pollution can seep backward into the water system.
Backflow from a yard irrigation system could accidentally contaminate our precious drinking water supply with pesticides, fertilizers and other potentially harmful chemicals. An irrigation system with a chemical injection requires a special valve to keep the chemical from getting into the drinking water system. This valve is called a backflow preventer. It does not matter what kind of chemical is being added: pesticides or insecticides, even if they are all-natural or organic.
The reduced pressure device must be tested every year to ensure functionality. These backflow devices protect all of us from cross connections, or contamination from chemical injection systems.
The devices are required for fire suppression systems, commercial irrigation, and other hazards.They ask that you assist them by sharing this information with your families, workplaces, and communities. Government Board Meeting Video Archive. Board of Commissioners. County Meeting Schedule.
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Swimming advisory lifted for two sound-sites in Beaufort County
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Residents Demographics. Emergencies Learn About Hazards. Flood Plan. GIS Map Search. Important Links. Manage Your Email Alerts. Pay Your Taxes. Pay Your Water Bill. Beaufort County Schools.State environment officials say an advisory is posted at the public access to Pantego Creek at East Main and Tooley streets in Belhaven.
Tests show average monthly bacteria levels exceed state and federal standards. Tests done Wednesday show bacteria levels are above state and federal standards. The state says a sign warning people to stay out of the water was posted at the Belhaven site, while the Ragged Point area will be tested again today and if bacteria levels remain high they will issue a swimming advisory.
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