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Media Release

Assessment of Storm Damage

Release Date: September 12, 2017

Contact Information:
Chris Yates , Building Official, 843-341-4664


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Unlike in Hurricane Matthew, the Island experienced damage in limited areas; therefore, inspections of structures will not be Island-wide but will occur in areas most impacted by flooding. These inspections may be useful in determining the amount of damage throughout Beaufort County, which may result in a Federal Declaration. In Inspectors will leave behind a placard at each inspected structure to communicate the results of their inspection. The color of the placard indicates the condition of the structure and estimated level of damage. If you believe you have storm damage related to Hurricane Irma and have not received a placard by Friday, September 22, 2017, please notify the Town at 843-341-4757 to request an inspection of your structure.

A Green placard indicates that any damage sustained by a building is minor or superficial, and that the building is safe to enter and use. Actions such as replacing broken glass, repairing roof tiles, and replacing garage doors will require no further permits from the Town. If you determine that there is interior damage to the building, please contact the Town regarding required permits.

A Yellow placard indicates that a building has sustained more than minor damage, and only partial entry or occupancy is allowed until repairs are made. The owner should contact the Emergency Permitting Office to obtain a building permit before going forward with repairs.

A Red placard indicates that a building is seriously damaged, and is unsafe. These buildings should not be entered or occupied under any circumstance. Entry could result in injury or death. The building may be repaired or demolished, but in either case, a permit must be obtained from the Emergency Permitting Office before work begins