South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced this morning that residents of Daniel Island and Edisto Island should “move” to evacuate immediately due to recent forecasts, which predict the Lowcountry to receive as much, or more, than 8 feet of storm surge water from Hurricane Matthew. On Daniel Island, flooding is to be expected. Recent reports have also highlighted that water damage to Daniel Island, Mt. Pleasant, and other low-lying coastal areas could be amplified if the storm approaches Charleston County during high tide.
“We need people to move. Daniel Island, they’re not moving. We need you to consider coming up north. This is the time where you can evacuate. We need you to do this. The water that’s going to come in is going to be dangerous.” — Nikki Haley
Daniel Island is located in Berkeley County and officials there are also requesting that those who still remain on the Island and near Clements Ferry Road to get going as well.
— Berkeley County SC (@BerkeleySCGov) October 7, 2016
Since Daniel Island is located between the Cooper River and the Wando River, it is especially dangerous to remain on the island given that it is in a low-lying zone. Most of the neighborhoods in the area were not constructed until after Hurricane Hugo (1989), so even though a majority of properties were built with the appropriate elevation specifically in mind, it is still possible that sewage systems could overflow and need flood repair according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
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