Post Florence Update – 9/19/18 at 6:00 p.m.
The Oak Island Accommodations office remains closed at this time and all check-ins remain suspended until further notice. Caswell Beach, Oak Island and Southport remain under a boil water advisory as Brunswick County Public Utilities continues to work to restore water to some customers in southeastern Brunswick County. Oak Island is working to restore sewer to the island, but there are a few areas still down (Ocean Dr., Beach Dr., Dolphin Dr., Pelican Dr.). All utilities may be interrupted from time to time as crews continue making repairs.
A statement from Brunswick County government states “The areas south of Long Beach Road, Dutchman Creek and River Mist will be out of water service until those repairs can be made. Customers may continue to experience fluctuations in pressure while water service is restored to these areas. Water is being processed and chlorinated at the 211 plant. Until the plant can fully return to normal operation, the water may appear discolored due to a slightly elevated level of iron. Customers may also notice a stronger chlorine taste and odor. Customers should be aware the area remains under a low pressure advisory. Customers should follow the recommended precautions contained in that advisory until the advisory is lifted, namely, boiling all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) for at least one minute or using bottled water. Customers should conserve water by not washing cars, irrigating lawns or landscaping, or similar uses.”
We thank you for your support and your patience as we work to open our office again. We want nothing more than to be able to welcome you back to our area, but it will take some time. Our entire office building was flooded during Florence and at this time we have less than 10 staff members in the area. There is a shortage of food and gas on Oak Island and surrounding areas, which is also delaying efforts to begin assessing homes.
Those staff members who have been able to return from evacuation areas worked today to begin the clean up process in our office. As soon as we have an operational office and our full staff are able to return after rivers have crested and routes are less hazardous, we will begin the assessment process. Once the assessment process is complete we will reach out to guests by email with further updates.
There is no longer a curfew on Oak Island or in Southport, though a curfew is in place for unincorporated Brunswick County from 10 p.m. tonight until dawn tomorrow. Per a statement from Brunswick County government, “crews are working throughout the night to restore utility infrastructure and service but traffic on the roads at night creates unsafe conditions where they are working and delays repair work. Adhering to the curfew lets repair crews work and get infrastructure restored quicker.”
Road conditions throughout eastern NC remain hazardous as rivers crest in our area. Per the Town of Oak Island, “the bridges are open to everyone. There are still some areas with water on the roads, so please watch for those spots.”