l Hurricane Recovery Information - City of Beaufort, South Carolina

Hurricane Recovery Information

Beginning Friday night, Oct. 7th and continuing through the morning of Saturday, Oct. 8th, Hurricane Matthew pummeled Beaufort and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Winds in excess of 80 miles per hour toppled trees and damaged roofs and structures. The storm surge and heavy rain flooded parts of our historic city.

Fortunately, no deaths or major injuries were reported from the storm. While some structures, including homes in the City of Beaufort were heavily damaged, most were OK or received only minor damage. The Royal Oaks and Mossy Oaks neighborhoods were hit worst.

The most obvious reminder that a Category 2 hurricane brushed up our coast are the hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of downed and damaged trees. FEMA crews began working Oct. 21st to remove debris from roadsides, but the clean-up will continue for some time.


General Information and Updates

In an effort to share critical disaster recovery information with everyone,

below you will find a toolkit of information that includes facts sheets and fliers on the different FEMA programs:

 

Hurricane Matthew Debris Removal Operations Update:

Final Pass to Begin Jan. 3

In observance of the upcoming winter holidays, all Beaufort County debris removal operations will temporarily discontinue at the end of the day Thursday, Dec. 21, and will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

As of Sunday, Dec.18, more than 1.1 million cubic yards of storm debris had been removed from Beaufort County, not including debris on Hilton Head Island.

The second pass for debris removal operations is nearing completion for approximately 85% of the County. The third and final pass for debris removal will begin Tuesday, Jan. 3, for those areas.

In areas of the County where the County’s contractor has not yet completed the second pass, CERES will continue to collect debris after the holiday break and will return later for a third and final pass.

Any remaining hurricane-generated debris should be placed at the right-of-way.

Debris removal by County contractors is limited by Federal law. Leaves and small limbs should be disposed of in the same way yard waste is normally disposed. Small amounts of Class 2 debris may be disposed of at County Convenience Centers.

Waste types are classified in the following categories:

 Class 1 waste includes small limbs, leaves and landscape trimmings.

 Class 2 waste includes building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, mattresses and plumbing.

Christmas trees are not allowed at the rights-of-way. Christmas trees may be disposed of at any County Convenience Center. All ornaments and lights must be removed prior to disposal. Click here to view the County’s Convenience Centers Holiday Schedule.

Residents are encouraged to visit the Beaufort County Disaster Recovery website for more information.


Did You Know: FEMA Decisions Can Be Appealed

Hurricane Matthew survivors in South Carolina can appeal for more assistance if they disagree with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decisions regarding their applications.

According to a news release issued by FEMA, registered survivors can appeal FEMA’s decision by taking the following actions:

  • Submit a written appeal explaining why the survivor disagrees with the decision. The letter must include supporting documents and must be signed and dated.
  • List the FEMA registration number on every page along with the disaster name "DR-4286-SC."
  • Mail the letter and supporting documents in the same envelope within 60 days of receiving the determination letter to:

FEMA National Processing Service Center

P.O. Box 10055

Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

Letters may also be faxed to 800-827-8112, Attn: FEMA Appeals Office.

Click here to view the full release issued by FEMA.


Hilton Head Island Disaster Recovery Center to Close Permanently

The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Hilton Head Island will close permanently Tuesday, December 20 at 5 p.m.

The Hilton Head Island DRC is located at 1 Town Center Court.

Residents can still receive assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline at 800-621-3362. The line is open every day 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

For more information, please read FEMA’s full news release by clicking here.


Last Day to Apply for an SBA Disaster Loan is Dec. 13;

SBA Approves Over $29 Million Disaster Loans in South Carolina

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is advising businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters not to miss out on the opportunity to obtain a low-interest disaster loan for physical damage due to Hurricane Matthew.  There is no cost to apply, or any obligation to take the loan if it is offered.  The deadline to apply is Dec. 13, 2016

“Currently, 855 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $29,094,900 for affected survivors,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.  “We are pleased to get these loans approved so residents in the disaster area can start to rebuild and resume their normal lives. I encourage anyone who has not submitted an SBA disaster loan application to do so before the deadline.”

Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.563 percent for homeowners and renters.  Loan terms can be up to 30 years.  Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.  Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster, or sump pumps, seawalls, relocation of utilities and elevation.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app.  If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use
711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster.  Completed applications can be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 13, 2016
The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 12, 2017.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster


Hurricane Matthew: Ways to Donate and Volunteer

 According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more than 6,100 Beaufort County residents registered for disaster relief assistance as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Please see the information below to donate or volunteer in support of Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.

DONATIONS

Beaufort County Disaster Recovery officials have organized two donation drop-off sites, open Monday-Friday at the following locations and times:

 Burton Wells Recreation Center, 1 Middleton Recreation Drive, Beaufort, SC, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

 Buckwalter Recreation Center, 905 Buckwalter Pkwy, Bluffton, SC, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The following items are accepted on site:

 Clothing (shoes, coats, blankets)

 Canned goods and shelf-stable dry goods

 Baby items (diapers, clothing, baby food)

 Unwrapped toys for Christmas

MONETARY DONATIONS

Monetary donations can be made through the United Way of the Lowcountry. This fund is used to support nonprofit organizations providing relief and recovery assistance to disaster victims. To make a monetary donation, visit www.uwlowcountry.org and click the heart located at the top right corner of the webpage.

VOLUNTEER SERVICES

Beaufort County is currently seeking volunteer tree service providers and contractors with crane capabilities. To volunteer your services, please contact the United Way of the Lowcountry at volunteer@uwlowcountry.org or call 843-580-8636.

Residents are also encouraged to volunteer within their own networks, such as a church or civic group. If you are not affiliated with a group, please register at www.volunteerSC.org for a list of volunteer opportunities.

Visit www.beaufortcountydisasterrecovery.net for local hurricane relief updates, including volunteer opportunities, debris-removal updates, and FEMA information.


South Carolina Survivors Have Two Weeks Left to Apply for Disaster Assistance

To view the 11/29/16 Press Release, click here.

Just two weeks remain for Hurricane Matthew survivors in South Carolina to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and submit disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The last day for survivors to register for federal disaster assistance is Tuesday, December 13.

Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay service) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.


FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Change Hours of Operation

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will reflect new operational hours in Beaufort County. Beginning Monday, November 28, the new hours will be:

Burton Wells Recreation Center

Mon.–Wed. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Town of Hilton Head Island Town Hall

Thu.-Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to visit the Beaufort County Disaster Recovery website for more information.


SBA Business Recovery Center in Beaufort County, SC Now Closed on Saturdays

11/1/16 

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Beaufort County will be closed on Saturdays but remains open Monday through Friday, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew that began on Oct. 4, 2016.

SBA representatives at the Business Recovery Centers (BRC) in Beaufort, Florence and Orangeburg counties can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and help businesses in completing the SBA application.  The Centers are located as indicated below and will operate until further notice:

Beaufort County                                                                   Florence County

Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce              Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive                                         100 West Evans St.
Hilton Head, SC  29928                                                         Florence, SC 29501
 
Days:   Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.                  Days:   Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays                                                     Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
                                                                                                     Closed: Saturdays and Sundays

Orangeburg County

Small Business Development Center
South Carolina State University Belcher Hall Suite 353
300 College St. NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117
 
Days:           Monday - Friday, 8.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed:        Saturdays and Sundays

 

“The SBA is committed to facilitating economic recovery in this disaster.  We want area businesses to have a resource where they can meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

The SBA offers low-interest, long-terms disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. To be considered for this assistance, survivors need to apply by the deadline.

Additional information on the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov.  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 13, 2016.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 12, 2017.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster

For press release, click here.


Two Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Beaufort County

Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are now open in Beaufort County. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division have selected two sites – one in Beaufort and one on Hilton Head Island – for Beaufort County residents.

The centers are established as one-stop shops to assist individuals applying for Individual Assistance through FEMA. Specialists from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies are on hand at both DRCs to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available.

The two DRCs are located at:
Burton Wells Recreation Center Town of Hilton Head Island Town Hall
1 Middleton Recreation Dr.
Beaufort, SC 29906
9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday – Wednesday
This location will open at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 31st
1 Town Center Court
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday

 

Visit the FEMA individual assistance website to learn more about what is offered to individuals in Beaufort County or visit www.disasterassistance.gov.


  • Help After The Disaster

Applicant's Guide to the Individuals & Households Program, click here for guide
  • Disaster Assistance                                                                  

For Fact Sheet, click here.                        
  • Public Assistance

For Fact Sheet, click here.
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance

For Fact Sheet, click here.
  • Disaster Funeral Assistance

For Fact Sheet, click here.  
                                                                           

                                                        

 To Print Photo, click here.

Learn more about the City of Beaufort's hands-on work during and after Hurricane Matthew

To view the video, click here.

 


General Tree Information

Click here to view PDF

 


Spanish Moss Trail Warning:

Please be aware, due to Hurricane Matthew, there remain unstable, hazardous trees along the Spanish Moss Trail that are at high risk of failure. Trail users are advised to use caution in areas where trees overhanging the trail are evident. Hazardous trees will be evaluated and removed but not in the immediate future.

       

 


Beaufort County Convenience Centers Update

10/17/16

Following closures due to Hurricane Matthew, all Beaufort County Convenience Centers are now open. The centers will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on their normal operating schedules, which entails all centers being closed on Wednesdays. The Convenience Centers will only be accepting bagged, household garbage (Class 3).

Residents should not bring Class 1 (yard debris) or Class 2 (construction debris) storm-generated debris to the Convenience Centers at this time.

Residents should sort Class 1 and Class 2 debris into separate piles and leave it on the right of way / curb at their residence for collection, being careful not to block fire hydrants, stormwater ditches, or utility boxes:

  • Class 1 debris includes tree limbs, leaves and tree logs cut into sections.
  • Class 2 debris includes building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, mattresses, and plumbing items.

Convenience Centers will begin to accept limited amounts of non-storm-generated Class 2 debris and recyclables starting Thursday, October 20, 2016.

No trailers or large loads will be accepted.

Residents should call the County’s new customer service line for debris removal at 843-685-9880 with any questions.

 


Debris Removal Hotline

The County has set up the program and has hired FEMA approved contractor - who is a specialist in debris cleanup.
 
Please note:  there is no size limit on the debris as long as it is brought to the curb/street and is NOT bagged.
 
If anyone has a question they can call the debris contractors 24 hours Customer Service number at 1-877-786-7612.
 

City of Beaufort debris removal will begin this week

Please be advise, debris removal will begin this week starting in the downtown area. 

Please do not park in front of the debris piles and please make sure there is enough access to the debris piles so that the heavy equipment can pick up the debris.


Beaufort County Now Eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance Program

Beaufort County homeowners and renters who have damage to homes and vehicles due to Hurricane Matthew are now eligible for assistance from FEMA's Individual Assistance Program.  Click here for more information.

 


POST STORM - general information

If you, a friend, or a neighbor had damage to your home or you have any unmet needs – including food, clothing, shelter or other needs, the following numbers are resources that are available to you:
 
• To be connected to local relief supplies call 211
• For resident property damage call (843) 525-7049
• Your local Red Cross Number is (843) 757-7437
• Your local United Way number is (843) 524-HELP (4357)

City of Beaufort  Hurricane Matthew Damage Assessment Process

City of Beaufort Residents and Property Owners:

The City of Beaufort Building Codes Staff (Safebuilt) is currently conducting damage assessment due to Hurricane Matthew. If your residence or business (building) has sustained damage due to the storm, and you have NOT received a green, yellow, or red placard, please contact our office at (843) 525-7049 or mmcteer@cityofbeaufort.org and provide us the address of the property. 

For more information, click here.

 


SC Emergency Management Division and FEMA are in the area performing the initial damage assessment

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) and FEMA are in the area performing the initial damage assessment.  This is the first step in bringing assistance to our area as part of the Federal Declaration for Individual Assistance.  Following this initial assessment, the Federal Declaration process will be completed and local offices will be set up where individuals will be able to apply.  This information will be disseminated as quickly as possible to our City residents.

While we wait for the federally declared individual assistance to be activated citizens can apply online at:  https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.  If you have not contacted your personal and real property insurance company, we would like to encourage you to do that as quickly as possible.  Do not delay this contact while you wait for the federal and state assistance application process to begin.

 


Post Hurricane Matthew - City of Beaufort Solid Waste and Recycling

News Release October 11, 2016 – City of Beaufort Solid Waste & Recycling

 The City of Beaufort’s Residential Garbage and Recycling Contractor Waste Pro has resumed today and there is a one day delay in the normal schedule.  Please note, those who usually receive service on Mondays will receive service today, Tuesday, October 11th.  If the routs are unable to completed these routes by the end of the day, please leave carts/cans curbside, as services will be completed the following day. This one day delay will continue through the end of the week.   

All storm related vegetative debris will be collected by a FEMA approved contractor beginning next week.  Please place all tree branches, leaves, logs, plants etc.  in the right-of-way by road.  This debris must not be contaminated with anything other than vegetation material. 

White goods will be collected if placed in the right-of-way and separated from all other debris.   

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to put the City back in the condition it was before the storm. 


Beaufort County Convenience Centers -  Post Hurricane Matthew Debris Disposal

The following Beaufort County Convenience Centers will open tomorrow, Wednesday, October 12, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.:

  • Bluffton Convenience Center,

  • Lobeco Convenience Center,

  • Pritchardville Convenience Center,

  • Shanklin Convenience Center,

  • St. Helena Convenience Center,

The Convenience Centers will only be accepting bagged, household garbage (Class 3).

Residents should not bring Class 1 (yard debris) or Class 2 (construction debris) storm debris to the Convenience Centers at this time.  The County will issue a notice when collection of these materials starts again. 

Residents should sort Class 1 and Class 2 debris into separate piles and leave it on the right of way / curb at their residence:

  • Class 1 debris includes tree limbs, leaves and tree logs cut into sections.

  • Class 2 debris includes building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, mattresses, and plumbing items.

Additional information can be obtained by calling the Solid Waste and Recycling Office the Beaufort County Public Works Department for more information at 843-255-2736.

 


Debris Removal Guidelines - Post Hurricane Matthew

***IMPORTANT CLEAN UP MESSAGE***

Click here for proper Debris Removal Guidelines

 


Post Hurricane Matthew Update 10-9-16 9:30pm

Statement from City Manager, William Prokop

Both the City of Beaufort and the Town of Port Royal have been working diligently to clear their communities for the safe return of their citizens.  Due to Governor Haley's lifting of the evacuation order we have made preparations for our citizens' arrival, with the understanding that our residents will need to pass through not only the initial checkpoint, but also the comfort stations to verify residency.

Residents need to understand several things as they return:

  1. They may not have power, so they need to provision properly prior to arrival. They may also have limited access to their property.  If that is the case, they will need alternative plans.
  2. There will be a curfew, 7pm-7am, which will be vigorously enforced.
  3. Utility crews will continue to work, so it is essential that they keep their movements upon arrival to a minimum.  The utility crews are doing dangerous work, and we need to give them proper space to work without worry.
  4. Finally, be patient.  We are doing the best we can with available resources, so response times and services may be delayed.

William Prokop

City Manager
City of Beaufort