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September 29, 2018
Bald Head Island Storm Update
 
Additional Homeowner Island Access Information
 (revised 29 SEP 2018 at 6:15 p.m.)
 
NOTE: Contrary to previous message 19A, if your property is on the list of homes without either electricity or sewer (or both) you WILL be allowed access to your property this weekend.  PLEASE BE ADVISED that turning on your tap water or flushing your toilet will potentially result in those fluids entering the grounds around your home or may even back up into your house.
 
UPDATED CURRENT SEWER STATUS:  Click HERE for the most up-to-the-minute list.
 
(Note:  These are the properties that DO NOT HAVE sewer and/or electricity).
 
SATURDAY..., BY THE NUMBERS:  During Saturday's Re-entry of BHI homeowners, there were approximately 353 people that came over to assess their individual properties.  The Village and BHI Transportation appreciates the cooperation of all homeowners that participated in today's home damage assessments.
 
SUNDAY FERRY:
Limited to homeowners whose houses are between Muscadine Wynd and the Shoals Club.
 
Ferry Schedule:
 
Will leave Deep Point at 8, 9, and 10 a.m. and
Will return to Deep Point at 3:30, 4:30, and 5:30 pm.
 
Persons on the 8 am ferry will leave the island on the 3:30 ferry and must be at the tram stop by 2:45.
 
Likewise, those on the 9 am ferry will leave on the 4:30 ferry and must meet the tram by 3:45.
 
Persons on the 10 am ferry will leave on the 5:30 ferry and must meet the tram no later than 4:45.
 
No tram reservations are required. The ferries can operate only during daylight hours by decree of the Coast Guard.
 
Medical services will be limited so be smart and be safe.  Safety first.
 
ACCESS INFORMATION
 
Carry-on information : You must be able to hand carry a maximum of two items to and from your home, possibly through flooded streets.  No hand trucks/dollies will be allowed.  There will be no luggage service provided by the transportation system.  
 
Trams will be provided to take people as close as possible to their homes.  But because there are still some wynds inaccessible, tram stops will be set up to drop you off and pick you up for your return ferry.  Drop off and pick-up will be from the same location.
Be aware that you must be in physical condition to manage carrying your two items, potentially through floodwaters to and from your home, and possibly at quite a distance.
Wildlife has free access on the island, so you must stay aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • No pets
  • No children
  • No equipment
  • No generators or pumps
  • No gasoline-powered equipment or gasoline
  • No property managers and no construction crews will be permitted access over this weekend.
Only two people will be allowed per home One of the homeowner's names must be on the island re-entry list.  An ID for the homeowner will be required to obtain ferry tickets. The second person does not have to be on the re-entry list; that person can be a family member, a friend, an insurance adjuster or anyone who may be able to help you assess your property.  There will be no charge for ferry, tram or parking for this weekend's homeowners' property assessments.
 
The previous boil water advisory has been rescinded.
 
There is a strong likelihood that services (power/water/sewer) may be interrupted suddenly and may not be restored.  Services are currently tenuous. Also, weather conditions may deteriorate causing changes to this plan.
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The weather forecast for the weekend includes the potential for rain.  Bring:
  • water
  • bug spray
  • wear suitable clothes including rubber boots or waders.
This weekend trip is meant for assessment purposes only and you may wish to clean out your refrigerator and/or freezer.  Bring with you:  
  • rubber gloves,
  • a mask,
  • a large supply of plastic bags as you will need to triple bag all refrigerator contents.
Trash should be placed in your home's external trash container.  If for any reason your container is inaccessible, please use your common sense regarding where to leave the trash so that island wildlife will not get to it.  Your golf cart garage might be a possibility.
 
The island remains under a State of Emergency.

NOTE CHANGE:   Golf carts WILL be allowed.  However, be aware that due to the extended period of time without power, your cart may NOT be charged.  If on arrival your home appears to be ok, and you have power, plug in your cart for use later in the day.
 
Your time on the island is going to be very limited.  You may access your home, and if a neighbor has asked you to look at theirs, you may do so, time permitting.  We have been assured that the damage assessment team will check the exterior of all homes on the island.
 
We appreciate your patience as circumstances continue to evolve hour by hour. We will provide updates as information becomes available. 
 
Mayor Andy Sayre 
Message from BHA

Homeowners who visit BHI at this time should be aware of two additional safety issues.

First, officials are cautioning that coastal beaches are currently not safe for wading or swimming and caution should be used when in contact with area waters. The NC Department of Environmental Quality urges that residents and visitors, including fishermen, who cannot avoid contacting those waters should exercise caution, limit wound exposure and thoroughly wash their hands. NC Coastal Federation testing showed high levels of fecal bacteria around Wrightsville Beach and precautionary advisories are still in effect for Brunswick County beaches, which includes Bald Head Island. CLICK HERE to read the Federation's press release and view the live map of water quality advisories.

Second, large, aggressive mosquitoes are found in droves on the mainland and with BHI's significant flooding, it's bound to be a problem. CLICK HERE for the story from WWAY.

BHA will soon provide post-storm clean up resources for property owners on its web site. Watch for information in upcoming emails.
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