Post Florence Update – 9/20/18 at 7:30 p.m.
As most of you are aware, we had an uninvited guest roll through our area recently named Florence. We are still picking up the pieces from the mess she left, but we are working diligently to be able to welcome our invited guests back. We just don’t know when that will be exactly. All check-ins remain suspended until further notice and we cannot say with any certainty when those will start again.
Guests who are scheduled to check in over the next week that purchased travel insurance are encouraged to contact Red Sky with any insurance questions.
For all guests scheduled to check in over the next two weeks, we are hopeful that we will have more information available to you early next week once property assessments are completed.
We ask that you continue to watch for updates on our website and Facebook page. Any guests due to check in to a property that would necessitate a move because of damages will be contacted by phone early next week. An email will be sent out to guests due to check in over the next two weeks once assessments are complete with further information.
We ask for your continued patience as we have a skeletal crew in place on the island currently. Our phones remain off at this time so we can concentrate on getting our office up and running.
We have been so impressed with the progress that has been made by linemen to restore power quickly and by the efforts of the local government officials and staff to get basic services up and running again. Here are some of the factors at play as of this posting:
- The Town of Caswell Beach has not lifted its mandatory evacuation order for visitors and has stated they will not do so before Monday, September 24, 2018.
- The Town of Oak Island, while no longer under a boil water advisory, still does not have adequate sewer service to large portions of the island.
- Areas outside of Oak Island remain under a boil water advisory as well as a nightly curfew.
- The city of Southport remains under a state of emergency.
- Groceries and gas remain in short supply, with provisions being flown into the Cape Fear Regional Jetport and South Brunswick Middle School for the population that is currently in the county.
- Though roads on the island have improved greatly, state officials are still discouraging people from driving to southeastern North Carolina because of flooded and damaged roads, including large sections of Interstate 40 and 95. Road conditions will continue to change through the weekend as rivers continue to rise. According to reports from the News & Observer:
- S. 74 is closed from I-95 east into Columbus County and then again in several places after its merger with U.S. 76 through Columbus and Brunswick counties to Wilmington.
- Several sections of U.S. 17 that had been closed in Brunswick County reopened Wednesday morning, but dozens of other roads in the county, including sections of N.C. 130, N.C. 133, N.C. 211, N.C. 87, N.C. 904 and N.C. 906 remain impassable.
We know how important your vacation to you, but we ask for your continued patience and understanding as we work to be able to open our doors to you again.