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Old 09-15-2018, 06:08 PM
 
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I tried to return to SJP today. All roads into Southport are flooded and impassible (Saturday). River Road, 87 through Boiling Springs, 906/Middleton, and 211 are all a no go. My guess it will be at least Monday before I try again.
Why in the world did you try to do that? Didn't you know ir would be impossible?
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:55 PM
 
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A Letter From General Manager Kent Silhanek

I wanted to provide an update on what I know of The Clubs and surrounding areas as we continue to face rains from Hurricane Florence. Most importantly, I do hope that everyone has remained safe during the challenges of the past several days.

Based on news reports it does not appear as though residents will be allowed back into Brunswick County let alone St James until Monday, September 17th at the earliest. With that scenario, my hope is to be able to evaluate conditions on Monday with the management team that is able to return. In addition we have insurance adjustors ready to visit and assess damages in our efforts to ensure that all golf courses, clubhouses, fitness facilities, tennis courts, and pools are safe to use. My initial observations are that the clubhouses are all in tact with no exterior structural damage. Based upon what we learn on Monday, September 17th I will provide you with another update.

If you have any photos you would like to share of conditions here in St James please send them to Jessica Podrebartz via email at jpodrebartz@troon.com and she will post them on our website as well as our Facebook page and Instagram.

I know the management team and our many committed associates are anxious to return and get back to some sense of normalcy. I wish all of you well, I appreciate your patience and stay safe.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:20 PM
 
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Hurricane Florence Message 13

September 15, 9:00 PM

If you have a true emergency dial 9-1-1.

Brunswick County and the Town of St. James continue to experience serious impacts from Hurricane Florence. There are roads that are completely impassable throughout the community. Brunswick County Emergency Services and TOSJ Emergency Management is again imploring residents to stay off all roads within the community and Brunswick County. Nighttime driving is particularly treacherous, as one may not be able to observe dangerous flooding and sinkholes until it is too late. Not only are you endangering your lives, you could impede emergency vehicle recovery operations and cause the loss of another’s.

Further-

Brunswick County has issued a curfew effective dusk 09.15 thru dawn 09.16. Please seriously consider the potential ramifications if you decide to leave the community.

Widespread power outage within the community persists. There are pockets of residents who have had power restored. If your power is out, report it to your electric provider.

Duke Energy:

• Call 1-800-419-6356
• Text OUT to 57801 from the phone associated with the account

BEMC Customers:
• Call 1-800-682-5309

The Boiling Springs Lake damn has been breached. Routes 87 and 133 are closed indefinitely.

Per North Carolina Senator Bill Rabon- until further notice, entrance to North Carolina via Interstate 95 is restricted. Interstates 40, 77, 90 are impassible. Primary, secondary and tertiary routes are failing. Senator Rabon suggests “If you have power, stay where you are”.

The Town of St. James and the POA are working closely to restore normal services to our residents. Clean up crews are ready as soon as, and NOT before it is safe for them to be deployed.

Your patience in these extenuating circumstances is appreciated. Please email question or concerns to Emergency Management at sjem@atmc.net

This message will be updated as the situation evolves.
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Old 09-16-2018, 01:31 PM
 
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Hurricane Florence Message 14

September 15, 11:30 AM

Special Announcement

If you have a true emergency dial 9-1-1.

Emergency Management has begun to receive reports of low water pressure throughout the community. According to Brunswick County Water, this is due to multiple line breaks along 211. They have shut off the water in order to assess, and ultimately repair.

The message below is from the Brunswick County Public Information Officer:

The water consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities located along George II Highway, all of Boiling Spring Lakes, all of St. James, all of the Southport area, all of the Caswell Beach area and all of the Long Beach Road area are experiencing low pressure starting the morning of September 16, 2018. The low pressure was caused by mainline breaks in the system caused by Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Therefore, Brunswick County Public Utilities and the Division of Water Resources advises that consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water.

Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:42 PM
 
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Hurricane Florence Message 15

September 16, 9:00PM

If you have a true emergency dial 9-1-1.

TOSJ EM continues to be in response mode to the questions and concerns of residents. TOSJ EM and the TOSJ Fire Department CONTINUE to request that residents stay off the roads. Residents may not realize that the weight of their vehicle, in these conditions, can result in sink holes that could potentially result in complete wash outs.

TOSJ EM does not intend to set false expectations with residents regarding restoration of services or re-entry into the community. This is not an attempt to be evasive. Our resources can only respond to and communicate facts as we have them. At any time, residents that are not satisfied with the information we can provide, TOSJ EM encourages residents to contact utility providers directly.

Fact-

The TOSJ is still under a mandatory evacuation order. The town will follow the lead of the County who in turn takes the lead from the State as to revocation of the order. Until that time, residents are advised not to return to the community.

Brunswick County has issued a curfew effective dusk 09.16 thru dawn 09.17.

According to the BEMC power outage map, the percentage of Brunswick County residents affected has been reduced from over 75% to a current 23%. BEMC continues efforts to restore service. Review earlier messages for numbers to report outages.

Low water pressure continues within the community. This is due to multiple line breaks on 211. These breaks were reported in message #14. At this time, resolution is unknow.

Residents should use precautions while walking around the community. Snakes, rodents, and bacteria could be present in flood water.

Residents that are in the community who observe behavior that makes your uncomfortable, dial 9-1-1

The TOSJ and the POA are working closely to restore normal services to our residents. Clean up crews are ready as soon as, and NOT before it is safe for them to be deployed.

Your patience is appreciated. Please email questions or concerns to Emergency Management at sjem@atmc.net
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:54 AM
 
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Hurricane Florence Message 16

September 17, 8:00 AM

Special Announcement



If you have a true emergency dial 9-1-1.

Even though residents may have water restored, Brunswick County has not lifted the boil water advisory reported in Message 14. A special blast will be sent out when we are informed that it has been lifted and what actions to take.

Per NC Senator Bill Rabon- “Brunswick County Emergency Crews are actively conducting water rescues and evacuations of residents in multiple areas of the county. Life Threatening conditions exist in portions of the county. Please advise anyone you speak with to NOT try to return to the county at this time. We have individuals that are getting stopped at flooded areas and have to be sheltered due to not being able to get thru. Brunswick County Declared for Individual Assistance. Residents with damage can register with FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (6621).”


Note: original email included blue text.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:55 AM
 
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POA Hurricane Update for 11AM Sep 17, 2018

The rain has abated and crews are working to clear drainageways. All streets within the plantation are cleared of trees. The water has receded, and streets are drivable. However, the Sheriff’s department reports many roads into this area are closed, so getting here may be impossible. 211 is closed at Lockwood Folly. Please ensure you have a route available before you attempt to return.

The following roads in St James are closed due to major road damage:
St James Drive from Ridgecrest to Players Club Drive.
Players Club Drive at the Players Club Bridge.
Pinecrest Drive past Midshipman Court.

The Seaside Gate and Grove Gate are open and clear. The Regency gate exit lane is open and clear. The Main gate is closed due to high water on 211 at the entrance. When this water recedes, the inbound lane will be open. Security is working with a skeleton crew, manning the gates as staffing permits and utilizing one roving patrol.

We are fortunate the storm did not cause excessive damage to homes. Of course, we do not have the resources to check all homes and report personally to each homeowner. The Emergency Management team will do a property assessment this afternoon and the Town cleanup contractor is currently doing an assessment. There should be updated information available by day’s end.
We all look forward to restoring our property to great condition. But it will be a slow steady process, not an overnight sensation. Please be patient and work within the guidelines. We can assure you we are way ahead of surrounding communities and neighborhoods on our way to recovery.


St James POA
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Old 09-17-2018, 11:27 AM
 
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Hurricane Florence Message 17

September 17, 11:30 AM

The community is still experiencing small areas without power. BEMC has numerous trucks out working the issue. Unfortunately, Emergency Management can not provide an estimate as to when St. James will be 100%. If you continue to be without power, please call BEMC at the number provided in Message 13.

The boil water advisory is still in place. Emergency Management will send another blast when it has been lifted. Brunswick County has indicated that due to the severity of the damage, it will take several days to repair.

The Town of St. James is currently engaging our debris removal contractor. They should be staged and ready in the next few days. Residents should not begin to haul debris to the POA easement on your property until further notice. We will send out a blast, as soon as possible to inform you of the contractors requirements, and when hauling debris to the easement is approved.

Businesses in Southport are beginning to reopen. Reports that Lowe’s Foods and Lowes Home Improvement are open. Emergency Management can not give any details as to the status of items on their shelves, or details on any other businesses that may be open.

As a reminder, per NC Senator Bill Rabon- “Brunswick County Emergency Crews are actively conducting water rescues and evacuations of residents in multiple areas of the county. Life Threatening conditions exist in portions of the county. Please advise anyone you speak with to NOT try to return to the county at this time. We have individuals that are getting stopped at flooded areas and have to be sheltered due to not being able to get thru. Brunswick County Declared for Individual Assistance. Residents with damage can register with FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (6621).”

It has been reported that a PIN number is required. We have requested the number and will provide it as soon as we receive the information.

Updates to come as soon as new information is available. Your continued patience is appreciated.
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:44 PM
 
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Hurricane Florence Message 18

September 17, PM

From the Brunswick County Public Information Officer.



Citizens Should Be Wary of Scammers in Wake of Hurricane Florence

Citizens should be aware that following large storms and weather events, scammers sometimes target residents in the affected areas.

Brunswick County is not endorsing contractors or vendors, and Brunswick County Public Utilities has not authorized any vendors to make repairs to utility lines on their behalf.

If citizens encounter someone making such a claim or suspect a scammer in Brunswick County, they can report it to 911, 910-253-2777, or 910-253-5383.
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:53 PM
 
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Hurricane Florence Message 19

September 17 7:30 PM

Brunswick County has lifted their mandatory evacuation order. This was predicated by the need to facilitate moving commodity trucks throughout the County. The Town of St. James has elected to continue enforcement of the mandatory evacuation order, due to the severity of the road conditions surrounding the St. James community. Evacuees may be hearing stories of neighbors who were successful in returning HOWEVER, the fact remains:

There is an additional 3-5 inches of rain forecasted for this evening.
According to Government Officials there are over 1200 roads in the state that are failing or closed.
Most major routes into the St. James area are compromised.
Utilities remain affected in the community.
Businesses that opened today are closed. Residents who require specific information regarding hours and what’s available, should call the business directly.
Bottom line? IT IS EACH INDIVIDUALS PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT LIFE SAFETY. The Town of St. James and the Emergency Management team CONTINUE TO RECOMMEND AVOIDING THE AREA.
Brunswick County has issued a curfew effective from dusk today (Monday, Sept. 17) through dawn Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Updates to follow regarding Debris Removal as soon as possible tomorrow
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