Edisto Beach reopens to residents following Hurricane Matthew

Edisto Beach reopens to residents following Hurricane Matthew

EDISTO BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Town officials announced on Thursday that Edisto Beach will be open on Friday to all residents.

"We are so happy to able to reopen the Town to our residents," town officials said in a statement."We have made great progress in a short amount of time in returning the beach to a habitable, but not a normal state. Please keep in mind that this is a work in progress. For your safety, please take the utmost care in moving about your home, your yard, and the Town in general."

Edisto Beach officials urge residents to take note of the following:

1. Palmetto Boulevard from 100 block to 1,000 block is still no open to residents. Please contact the building department at 843-869-2505 with questions concerning this area.

2. Water Conservation: We are operating on limited wells. Therefore, please conserve water as much as possible. Use gray water for flushing, disconnect irrigations systems, and do not power wash. Hire power washers who obtain their water from off island.

3. Biol Water until further notice.

4. No parking of streets until further notice. This applies to all vehicles, trailers, boats, etc.

5. Stay clear of work areas. Clean up crews with heavy equipment continue to work, particularly on Palmetto Boulevard from Finn's Restaurant to Osceola Street. In addition, 2800-2900 Point St. is blocked, and Jungle Shores from washout to north end has no water and will be blocked.

6. Portable water can be obtained at Town Hall or purchased.

7. No beach access. No swimming. There is a swim advisory in effect.

8. Contractors hired to make repairs must have a town license.

9. Do not disturb the accumulated sand. Beachfront residents on Palmetto Boulevard and Point Street are asked no to disturb or place anything on or near the accumulated sand, as the town plans to redistribute the sand on the beach. Absolutely no debris should be placed in the roadway or construction areas.

10. Curfew. Until heavy equipment is off the beach, for your safety, there will be a curfew from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. This will be adjusted as conditions improve.

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