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Posted on: September 13, 2017

Hurrican Irma, post-storm, Sept 13 4PM update

September 13, 2017--4:00 pm
Mayor Buelterman's Hurricane Irma Update

City Hall will be opened tomorrow at 8:00 am.

The dump transfer station on Polk Street at DPW will be open extended hours today, tomorrow and Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00. There will be no fees charged. All fees will be waived.

We are working on getting our community qualified for Federal Individual Assistance (IA) so that individuals are able to obtain financial assistance for storm damage. As soon as we hear something or receive any new information, we will provide an update.

Atlantic Waste will do an island-wide pickup tomorrow. They will go back to their regular schedule on Friday. If you need extra space, you can put trash items in the recycling bin.

If you have large items that were damaged by flood waters that do not fit in the cans, place them adjacent to the street.

If you have yard debris, tree limbs, etc., place adjacent to the street. Atlantic Waste can get to more homes and work much faster if you put your yard debris in large brown yard waste bags. Even if you have already placed yard waste by side if street, they are asking that you go out and put in bags.

All of the above is true for both private and public streets--place trash, etc. in front of your house adjacent to the street.

The Tybee Police are patrolling the streets and paying special attention to homes of those still traveling back to Tybee.

If you have sustained damage to your home or business, please be cautious of suspicious contractors. Always ask for their City of Tybee Island business licenses to make sure they have one. Also, we would not recommend paying money up front to any contractors.

There are presently 310 properties that do not have power on Tybee. Georgia Power is working on these issues. They have advised that it may not be until Friday or possibly even Saturday until these issues are resolved. We will continue to exert whatever influence we can bring to bear to get these outages addressed sooner. I am sorry I can't report better news. There are power outages all over the State and the reality is that Georgia Power does not have unlimited resources. We will keep making calls and keep doing all we can to get power to ALL of Tybee's citizens and businesses as soon as possible.

We have had a lot of people contact us for information about how they can help those on Tybee in need. If you would like to offer assistance in the form of services or goods, please email our point person for this, Sharon Shaver, at sshaver@cityoftybee.org.

In our update tomorrow, we will share more information about how people can help and how those in need can get make requests for assistance.

The Salvation Army has been on Tybee providing meals to those in need. At 3:30PM, they were on Lewis.

Please keep in mind that while many merchants are open for business, many others are assessing damage to their establishments or are without power. We look forward to seeing all of them back open as soon as possible.

We will share another update tomorrow at 9:00 am.

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