OIA Resuming Check-ins at Rentable Properties Starting 9/7/19

Oak Island Accommodations is resuming check-ins at vacation properties in rentable condition starting today (9/7/19) at 3 p.m. Reservation holders scheduled to check in today should have received an email with instructions on how to check the condition of their vacation rental(s). The Town of Oak Island shared this morning that “the mandatory evacuation for tourists/visitors is now lifted. Sewer service is restored to all areas. The Declaration of a State of Emergency is rescinded.”

Many of our staff will continue to be in the field today continuing with assessments for properties with check-ins on Sunday and beyond. We ask for your continued patience as we focus our efforts on this process and re-opening to the public after Hurricane Dorian.

All Check-ins Remain Suspended Friday and OIA Office Remains Closed as Staff Begin Post Hurricane Assessments

Update 9/6/19: The Oak Island Accommodations office remains closed today. Phone lines will remain off as we begin the process of accessing all of our vacation homes. Check-ins remain suspended at this time. Once we have completed accessing all vacation rentals, we will post when we will begin accepting check-ins again. Thank you for your patience during this time as the assessments are a necessary step to ensure guest safety prior to opening our doors for business again. Property owners are encouraged to watch Owner Web for more updates on their properties as they become available.

OIA Office to Close During Hurricane Dorian, Sewer Service Shutting Down for Beachfront

Hurricane Dorian Update 9/4/19: The staff of Oak Island Accommodations will shut off our phone lines at 3:00 p.m. today so that we may prepare our office ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Our office will remain closed on Thursday. All check-ins remain suspended until further notice.

The Town of Oak Island announced it will shut down sewer service to beachfront areas starting this afternoon. To view maps of the affected areas click here.

A mandatory evacuation order is in place for all NC barrier islands (including the Towns of Caswell Beach and Oak Island).

After Hurricane Dorian leaves our area and we are able to access all our vacation rentals, we will post updates concerning when the state/towns lift the mandatory evacuation orders and when we will be able to resume check-ins.

Governor Cooper Issues Mandatory Evacuation Orders for NC Barrier Islands

Governor Roy Cooper has issued mandatory evacuations for all barrier islands starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. The Towns of Caswell Beach and Oak Island had previously issued a mandatory evacuation for all visitors for today at noon. All current guests should have vacated rentals earlier today and all property owners currently on the island should make plans to evacuate per the governor’s order.

All check-ins are currently suspended. We will post updates after the storm when we know more about when we will be able to welcome visitors back to our corner of coastal North Carolina.

Mandatory Evacuation Orders Issued for Visitors to Caswell Beach and Oak Island

The Towns of Caswell Beach and Oak Island have each declared a state of emergency effective at noon on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. These declarations include mandatory evacuation orders for all visitors. If you are a guest currently staying with Oak Island Accommodations, then you will need to make plans to vacate your rental by 12 noon on Tuesday.

The Town of Oak Island states “we cannot say yet if or when the bridges will close – it will depend on the conditions as the storm approaches and passes by the coast. Please check our updated re-entry plan on our website.

Voluntary evacuation orders for property owners and residents also begin at noon on Tuesday. The Town of Caswell Beach states these orders are “recommended for residents in low-lying areas, or who may have concerns about the stability and safety of their structure or their ability to leave, if necessary, during the storm due to flooding, road closures and scattered debris.”

The Oak Island Accommodations staff will continue to prepare vacation rentals and our office building ahead of the storm today and on Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flooding Watch Ahead of Michael

TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR BRUNSWICK COUNTY

10/10/18 at 5:00 p.m.

A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Brunswick County as Hurricane Michael moves towards our area after making landfall this afternoon along the Florida Panhandle. The Towns of Caswell Beach and Oak Island have not issued any evacuation orders as of this posting. The City of Southport has issued a voluntary evacuation order.

The latest weather briefing from the National Weather Service states that our area is likely to see tropical storm force winds Thursday. Our area is expected to see between 2 to 5 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts possible. A flash flood watch is also in effect. The highest risk for storm surge is Thursday with each high tide. Tornadoes are possible as well, especially Thursday.

Guests are encouraged to stay aware of the latest weather updates for our area by watching local news stations like WECT and national news stations like The Weather Channel.

 

Precautionary Ocean Water Quality Advisory and Brunswick County State of Emergency Lifted

Oak Island Accommodations continues to welcome check-ins even as our administrative staff operates from a small satellite office while our main office is under repair. Approximately a foot of water entered our building during Hurricane Florence and we ask for your continued patience and understanding as we work to answer the high volume of calls and emails we are receiving from property owners, current guests, future guests and past guests. Any guests whose vacation rental property will not be rentable on their arrival date will be contacted directly by our office with options. All guests who do not receive notice that a move is necessary will be checked into their original rental property.
 
Conditions on the island and in Southport continue to improve every day:
 
  • The State of Emergency declaration in Brunswick County was lifted as of 9:30 a.m. today.
  • The precautionary ocean water quality advisory has been lifted for most swimming site in Brunswick County. For all the details on this update follow this link and click on the press release dated 10/2/18.
  • There is no longer a low pressure (boil water) advisory.
  • Sewer has been restored on the island.
  • Provisions at area grocery stores are being resupplied.
  • Floodwaters have receded allowing for many of the major thoroughfares to Brunswick County to reopen. For current road closures visit DriveNC.gov.
  • Many businesses have re-opened and the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament will continue this weekend.
 
Though there is much work to be done on our main office and at some rental properties, we are working as quickly as conditions and resources will allow to open the doors of all of our vacation rentals again. In the mean time, we want to send a sincere thank you to all of our customers who continue to keep our staff and our area in your thoughts and prayers. Those who have chosen to share kind words and support have had a profoundly uplifting impact on our office and we are extremely grateful.

Precautionary Water Quality Advisory in Effect

The towns of Oak Island and Caswell Beach shared that a precautionary water quality advisory is in effect for Brunswick County. Residents and visitors, including fishermen, who cannot avoid contacting those waters should exercise caution, limit wound exposure, and thoroughly wash their hands.

“Excessive rains, flooding from Hurricane Florence may cause high bacteria levels in coastal waters

MOREHEAD CITY – State recreational water quality officials are advising the public to avoid swimming in all coastal waters of North Carolina following Hurricane Florence.

“Excessive rains and flooding can cause high levels of bacteria in the water that can make people sick,” said J.D. Potts, manager of the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program. “Floodwaters and storm water runoff can contain pollutants such as waste from septic systems, sewer line breaks, wildlife, petroleum products and other chemicals.”

Excessive flooding may also lead to the pumping of floodwaters, sanitary sewer malfunctions, overflowing manholes and lift stations failures that could discharge into coastal waters.

While state officials will not have immediate laboratory confirmation that disease-causing organisms are in the water, there is an increased chance that contamination will be present following the storm, and those swimming have an increased chance of adverse health effects.

Residents and visitors should avoid swimming in all coastal waters until testing indicates bacteria levels meet state and federal standards. Testing will begin as soon as conditions are safe to do so and areas are accessible. The advisory will be lifted in part or in whole as test results become available.

Because waters affected by the storm likely will be widespread, signs will not be posted.

Recreational water quality officials sample 209 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when waters are colder.

For more information about coastal recreational water quality, visit the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program’s website at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality or on Twitter.com @ncrecprgm.”

 

Check-ins Have Resumed, Southport Boil Water Advisory Lifted

Post Florence Update – 9/26/18
 
Oak Island Accommodations has resumed check-ins. All guests who were scheduled to check in between 9/22/18 and 9/30/18 should have received an email with check-in instructions and updates concerning the condition of their vacation rental (check your junk folder too, as some inboxes will place our messages there). Property owners should log into OwnerWeb and visit the “News and Info” section for important information during the recovery process. Guests who were scheduled to check-in during the period when Hurricane Florence was making landfall should watch for an email coming in early October with further information.
 
There continue to be some circumstances on the island that could necessitate a move if situations do not improve by the time of a guest’s arrival. These include:
 
CASWELL BOIL WATER ADVISORY – The Town of Caswell Beach remains under a boil water advisory. We are hoping to hear that this has been lifted any day now, but at this time a boil water advisory is still in place.
 
OKI SEWER SERVICE ISSUES – There remain certain sections of Oak Island that still do not have adequate sewer service. If your vacation rental is located in one of the below areas and sewer service is not resumed by your arrival, our staff will find a comparable rental to move you to:
• SE 57th Street
• Pelican Drive from SE 46th to SE 57th
• E. Beach from SE 52nd to SE 58th (area eastward of beach washout – working to get road restored)
• NW 3rd to NW 13th
• Along West Yacht Dr. between NW 3rd and NW 13th
 
Thank you for your patience as we work to communicate with our guests and property owners following Hurricane Florence. Florence may have made a mess of our office building, but she did not dampen our spirit.

OIA Will Resume Check-ins This Week

Post Florence Update – 9/24/18 at 10:15 p.m.
 
Oak Island Accommodations will resume check-ins this week. All guests who were scheduled to check in between 9/22/18 and 9/30/18 should check their email accounts periodically for updates concerning the condition of their vacation rental (check your junk folder too, as some inboxes will place our messages there).
 
There continue to be some circumstances on the island that could necessitate a move if situations do not improve by the time of a guest’s arrival. These include:
 
CASWELL & SOUTHPORT BOIL WATER ADVISORIES – All of the Town of Caswell Beach and Southport remains under a boil water advisory. We are hoping to hear that this has been lifted any day now, but at this time a boil water advisory is still in place and we cannot check in guests in these areas.
 
OKI SEWER SERVICE ISSUES – As of this morning, there are certain sections of Oak Island that still do not have adequate sewer service. If your vacation rental is located in one of the below areas and sewer service is not resumed by your arrival, our staff will find a comparable rental to move you to:
• SE 57th Street
• Pelican Drive from SE 46th to SE 57th
• E. Beach from SE 52nd to SE 58th (area eastward of beach washout – working to get road restored)
• NW 3rd to NW 13th
• Along West Yacht Dr. between NW 3rd and NW 13th
 
Thank you for your patience as we work to communicate with our guests and property owners following Hurricane Florence. Florence may have made a mess of our office building, but she did not dampen our spirit.