Sheriff Tanner update: Schools, offices open tomorrow
Beaufort County schools will resume normal hours tomorrow.
Sheriff P.J. Tanner said at a press conference this morning that the schools would work around any remaining people in the two high school Red Cross shelters.
There are currently 18 people at the Battery Creek High School shelter and 43 people at the Bluffton High School shelter. Those shelters will stay open as long as they are needed.
The evacuations of Hilton Head and Daufuskie Islands has been lifted.
Fripp and Hunting Island have emergency personnel only access for now.
Col. Neil Baxley, emergency management director, said that people should stay off area waterways.
“Now is not the time to go joyriding,” Baxley said. Debris in the water can be a danger.
Deputy County Administrator Josh Gruber said county offices would resume normal operations tomorrow.
Gruber said all county convenience centers will open at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow and be open until 7 p.m. Those operation hours will remain in place until further notice.
Debris sites for construction and similar debris will be open soon. The two locations will be a 657 Pinckney Island Road and 66 Isley Farm Road.
County staff will also be out starting in the morning to do structural damage assessments.
These crews will be in county vehicles and properly identified.
The Sheriff’s Office is also placing two charging trailers in the county for mobile device charging. They will be located at St. Helena Elementary School until 1 p.m today and on Lady’s Island from 2 to 5 p.m. today in the old Publix parking lot.
Charging cords are available.
There are still about 12,000 SCE&G customers without power and about 2,000 Palmetto Co-op customers without power.
Baxley also noted there were 7,654 calls for service from midnight on Sept. 10 to this morning.