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Hurricane Matthew Clean Up and Recovery
UPDATES ON CLEAN UP AND RECOVERY FROM HURRICANE MATTHEW

Haig Point Ferry Service (until further notice)


Beginning on Monday, October 17, we will follow ferry schedule below. 

DEPARTING HILTON HEAD EMBARKATION

DEPARTING HAIG POINT

6:30 am

6:30 am

8:30 am

7:40 am

10:30 am

9:40 am

12:30 pm

11:40 am

2:30 pm

1:40 pm

4:30 pm

3:40 pm

6:30 pm

5:40 pm

8:30 pm

7:40 pm

10:15 pm

9:40 pm


8:00 pm, 10-16-2016
Sewer System Update
October 16,2016

I can now welcome you all to come home!
The DIUC and I are happy to announce that the sewer system is now functioning. It will take some time for the lifts to get caught up, so,
please use water only when needed until system has time to adjust.
We
 had our daily 7:30 pm meeting in the Clubhouse tonight. Much work still to be done, but much accomplished.
I look forward to you joining us at tomorrow's open session at 1 pm, online, or in the Clubhouse Boardroom. 
Good night. 
Doug Egly, CEO

 
7:45 pm, 10-15-2016
The DIUC had power returned to their facility today. Though the aerifiers are working, they need to be tested. Tomorrow, Sunday, 

the utility company’s plan is to begin turning on individual lift stations in each Haig Point neighborhood. Please see link below.

http://www.daufuskieislandutility.com/ 

We should be good to go tomorrow, but again, I will send message to members when the DIUC confirms. 

Beginning on Monday, October 17, we will follow ferry schedule below.

DEPARTING HILTON HEAD EMBARKATION

DEPARTING HAIG POINT

6:30 am

6:30 am

8:30 am

7:40 am

10:30 am

9:40 am

12:30 pm

11:40 am

2:30 pm

1:40 pm

4:30 pm

3:40 pm

6:30 pm

5:40 pm

8:30 pm

7:40 pm

10:15 pm

9:40 pm

Looking forward to everyone's return home,

Doug Egly, CEO


11:50 am, 10-15-2016

I want to begin this morning with commenting on the incredible community we belong to. Member efforts in the recovery of the storm are beyond words. All have worked tirelessly along with staff doing whatever is asked of them to clean-up, check on neighbor’s homes, cut trees and secure damaged houses. The unity and camaraderie is exemplary. We should all feel very proud to be part of Haig Point. 

Power is scheduled to be back to the entire island by Monday.

The rain today is slowing down clean-up operations for the day, but crew continues to work on exposed homes.

The sewer treatment is scheduled to be back on line at sometime today. 

Hargray is back and running on Haig Point. If you are experiencing additional issues, please contact Wanda at christitisyd@gmail.com Please provide her with details on problem you are experiencing.

The golf course crew with member help has done an amazing job getting the golf course back in shape. We plan on starting the overseeding this week with a scheduled opening for the first week of November.

All roads are clear.

The Board will hold their regular scheduled Board meeting this Monday, October 17.  The agenda has changed from the regular format, it will mostly cover storm recovery. There will be an open session at 1 pm in the Clubhouse Boardroom to discuss how we plan to move forward. 

The Grill Room is open for lunch and dinner, service from 9 am – 9 pm 

We will meet again tonight in the main dining room of the Clubhouse at 7:30 pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend to find out how they can help.

We are getting closer to returning to normal operation, but not quite there yet. Once we confirm that the sewer system is up and running, you may plan your return to Daufuskie. We will send confirmation communication as soon as we know.

Captain Richard is requesting that gasoline no longer be brought over on our ferries. If you need gasoline you can purchase it at the ARB building. 

Doug Egly, CEO


4:50 pm, 10-13-2016

Hargray is back up and running for homes that have power.


Beginning tomorrow, two ferry runs will be added to the boat schedule.  A 9:40 pm boat will depart Haig Point on Daufuskie. This boat will turn around immediately at 10:15 pm at HHI Embarkation to return to Daufuskie. The 10:15 run will NOT offer luggage service. 


Also beginning tomorrow, the Grill Room will be open from 9 am – 9 pm.  Grill Room will close at 9 pm to allow staff to catch last boat at 9:40 pm back to Hilton Head.  


Reminder from this morning’s update:

We only have power to around half of Haig Point. We are nowhere near ready for residents to return. The sewer system not having power is a serious issue. If you do not have to come back, please DO NOT

Doug Egly, CEO


9:56 am, 10-13-2016

We only have power to around half of Haig Point. We are nowhere near ready for residents to return. The sewer system not having power is a serious issue. If you do not have to come back, please DO NOT
If you have not had someone check on your home, please let us know, we now have a crew working specifically on responding to those members. Our email service is back up on a partial bases. You can email me or Wanda. Please continue to email Wanda at her personal address christitisyd@gmail.com

Each evening a group of members and I meet at 7:30 pm in the Grill Room to go over the next day’s projects. If you are on Haig Point, I encourage you to attend a meeting and join a clean-up team. There are tasks for everyone from debris pick up on the golf course, checking on neighbor’s homes and refrigerators, to operating chainsaws. 
We have limited services right now. Valet services are not by any means back to normal.

Some of you have no idea the level of destruction this storm has had on our community nor how much we have been able to accomplish so far. We are about 10% of the way to reaching normal. This is going to take time. Please be patient and understanding.
Doug Egly, CEO

P.S. There was an amazing sunrise this morning. Please stay positive.


11:48 am, 10-12-2016

Haig Point Email Service
Dear Member: My connection to the Haig Point server is slow and intermittent. Please continue to use my personal email address and not my HP address: christitisyd@gmail.com

Thank you, Wanda

 
10:10 am, 10-12-2016

1.  At 10 am this morning, the Daufuskie Island Council and Haig Point representatives are welcoming local and state officials. This includes US Congressman Mark Sanford, and SC State Senator Tom Davis. We will be touring Daufuskie so these lawmakers can see the damage first hand, understand our progress to this point, and help us with supplies and funding needed to expedite recovery.

2.  Last night, Captain Richard Inglis announced a temporary Haig Point ferry schedule effective immediately and running until further notice. Details below.
Departing Hilton Head Island Embarkation: 
7:30 am
11:30 am
3:30 pm
7:30 pm
Departing Haig Point’s Daufuskie Landing: 
6:30 am
8:40 am
12:40 pm
4:40 pm
6:40 pm
Water Taxi service is suspended until further notice.
3.  As previously announced, the power is coming back at Haig Point.  Various parts of the community now have electricity, but not all.  We are fortunate to have an underground/underwater cable that supplies Haig Point.  Hence, we were able to get power back on line sooner than anticipated.  HOWEVER, the Daufuskie Island Water Utility Service DOES NOT have power.  This means we must dramatically limit our use of water.  PLEASE USE WATER SPARINGLY.  If you do not, your homes and/or neighborhoods could experience back up activity.
4.  Finally, we are relentlessly working to clean up our community.  Many roads are still blocked, but we are making significant progress.  We strongly encourage you to stay put.  When it is safe for the entire community to return, we will send an announcement.  At this point our highest priority is transporting workers to continue the clean-up effort.
You may now communicate with Wanda at her HP address: wbarquero@haigpoint.com. There is no HP internet or wifi service on Daufuskie.


9:14 pm, 10-11-2016

We very happy to announce that all Emergency Services on Daufuskie Island have been re-activated. This means we can begin running our ferries on a more consistent schedule. Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 12th we will begin limited ferry service to and from Haig Point. We encourage you to be patient. There may be delays or interruptions to the schedule and to services Valet service is limited. However, in just a few short days the team at the Welcome Center has done a remarkable job. Parking is available and a pathway to the dock has been cleared.
Departing HHI Embarkation:
7:30 am
11:30 am
3:30 pm
7:30 pm
Departing Haig Point's Daufuskie Landing:
6:30 am
8:40 am
12:40 pm
4:40 pm
6:40 pm
Water Taxi service is suspended until further notice.
In addition, we intend on reinstating the Daufuskie Island Ferry Service to fulfill our obligations to the County. Because Palmetto Bay Marina has been severely damaged, limited service will run from the Oyster Factory Park landing in Bluffton to the Melrose Landing on Daufuskie.
Departing Oyster Factory Park:
8:00 am
3:00 pm
Departing Melrose Landing on Daufuskie Island:
9:00 am
4:00 pm

5:45 pm, 10-11-2016

I am very excited to announce that power service has been re-established here at Haig Point. Huge thanks to the team that has been working diligently to get us back up and running. Stay tuned for more updates.
Doug Egly, CEO

12:00 pm, 10-11-2016

Another beautiful sunrise this morning at Haig Point. The temperature is a perfect 61 degrees. We have another full day ahead of us, below is today’s update.

Crew continues to clear the parking lot at the Welcome Center. We do have a path cleared to the dock. We have only a few parking spaces available. We are asking anyone who can help with clean-up and has a chainsaw to please come down as soon as possible. Please bring gas for your equipment.

We ask all other residents to delay their return until we have power on the island and we can provide a regular boat schedule. Right now we are running boats for staff and emergency services only. At this time we cannot accommodate residents, luggage and groceries.

The Mansion is command central for operations. Crews will gather there in the mornings for updates and then at lunch to report on their work. Ed Havrid from Palmetto Propane has been providing lunch every day and plans to continue.

Chuck Hunter and another group of members are attacking all homes with roof damage. The plan is to have them secured in the next few days before we have any rain.

I personally spoke with representative at SCE&G yesterday. They had a helicopter fly over the island to assess damage. They plan on sending a helicopter with saw blades to clear trees along the power poles. It was posted that it would be several weeks, possibly into November, before we had power on Daufuskie. That still may be the case, but there is also an underground wire that services the island and Haig Point. SCE&E is sending a team over to evaluate the wire and hopefully have us up and running sooner than the rest of the island.

We have decided to cancel the Couples Invitational and the Pro-Am. There are still too many uncertainties as to when we will have things back to normal. The golf course came through as expected with no significant damage. There are two holes with trees down on the greens. We are working on removing them.

I have been through this process several times while in Florida. It is going to take some time to get Haig Point back to normal. However, it has been my experience that each community recovers and comes back even better than before.

I continue direct communication with Board members individually and collectively.

More updates as we have them.

Doug Egly, CEO



3:30 pm, 10-10-2016

Dear Member

We continue with assessment of the entire community. We still have not cleared all roads.

We are receiving emails from many members regarding the condition of their homes. We understand how concerned you all are. Please know, we are working diligently to reach each home and to secure those in immediate need. I wish I could provide quicker responses to all who have contacted me, but this storm is 100 times worse than the last two and my efforts are focused onsite. I will respond as I am able. I have limited email capabilities at my PGA email address. Reminder that you can also contact Wanda at her personal email christitisyd@gmail.com

We are working on securing a generator for the ARB building which hosts our servers so we may open Haig Point email communication and provide more timely responses to your messages.

Crew is working on the Welcome Center to provide safe access to our members. As soon as Hilton Head is accessible to the public, AND the Welcome Center has been cleared for parking, we will operate a four run a day boat schedule. All boats are secure and operational. Rest assure we will let you know as soon as possible.

Continue to check your email and website for updates.


Doug Egly



5:15 pm, 10-09-2016

The waste water treatment system (sewage system) is now being powered by generators. Residents NO longer need to be concerned with sewage damage.

I am in constant communication with the Board and have implemented regularly scheduled calls with President Carl Walter and Vice President Bill Tait. Once we have a clearer picture of the overall situation we will begin communicating with you regarding our immediate priorities as well as letting you know how you can help.

Doug Egly, CEO



12:13 pm, 10-09-2016

Regarding the sewage system, waste water treatment (sewage treatment) is not operating on Daufuskie. We strongly advise that you locate the outdoor sewage pipe to your house and remove the lid so sewage does not back up into your home.

Use water sparingly.

Again, we continue to clear roads. We have not been able to reach all homes. I will call residents with damaged homes as soon as I am able to and as we find them.

Doug Egly, CEO



9:30 am, 10-09-2016

Dear Member

As I reported yesterday, we arrived at the Welcome Center in the afternoon. There are many trees down in the parking lot and we are hoping to get a clean-up team there as soon as possible. Fire and Rescue spent several hours just clearing a path to the dock. The Welcome Center building survived serious damage.

Today we continue to focus on clearing the roadways so they can be accessed. With the assistance of Fire and Rescue, steadfast help from our members, and our dedicated staff, we have cleared Haig Point Rd to the back gate. We also continue clearing roadways to gain access to each neighborhood.

I know everyone is concerned about their homes and we share that same concern. Some of you have already been contacted by fellow neighbors who have checked on your homes. As we access each neighborhood and we come upon a home with storm damage, I will do everything possible to let you know as soon as possible.

The power is still off on Daufuskie and the EOC is telling us it may be weeks before it is back on. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them.

Our club emails are down due to the power outage. If you need to contact me, my personal email is dougegly@pga.com or you can mail Wanda at christitisyd@gmail.com. Wanda will check mail during the day and I will check my mail when I return this evening.

I know many of you are wanting to return to the island to check on your homes and help with the clean-up. We do not know when we will begin running the boats. We also don't know when the County will allow residents to return to Hilton Head. You may know before we do for communication on Daufuskie is limited to text messages and social media.

It is going to be a long process to recovery, please be patient. We will keep you posted.

I know that because we are a great community, with great residents and staff, we will recover quicker than any other community.

Doug Egly, CEO



7:53 pm, 10-08-2016
Dear Member

The amount of trees that are down at Haig Point is staggering. I, staff, and members are working together to clear the roads. We are all working very hard.

We have identified houses that suffered tree damage. As soon as the roads are clear, we will assess which, if any, homes are in need of immediate attention. We will contact each impacted resident with an update as soon as we are able.

Hopefully, by Monday, October 10 we will have some idea as to when you will be able to return to Daufuskie.



4:30 pm, 10-08-2016

Dear Member

I have arrived at the Welcome Center and am on my way to Daufuskie. There are many trees down in the parking lot and much debris, however, not one tree fell on to a car.

The EOC (Emergency Operations Center) sent first responders to Daufuskie this afternoon along with key staff members. All rode over on the Pelican.

I will send another update tonight once I have toured Haig Point.

Doug Egly, CEO



9:00 am, 10-08-2016

We hope all are safe and secure.

Winds continue on Daufuskie, but damage reported so far is limited to fallen trees and scattered debris. We received report that there is some damage in Plantation Homes, but so far only to porches.

As far as we can tell, the Mansion, Calibogue Club and Clubhouse are intact. It appears there is no erosion along the beach front road between Tabby Circle and the Calibogue. There is erosion in front of the Lighthouse. Rachel Allen, Equestrian Director reported that the Equestrian Center is also intact.

Dock leading to the Boathouse from the Mansion, and ramp to main floating dock, are fine. The Community Dock and water taxi floating dock are gone.

Chief Boys of the DIFD has reported that Embarkation at the Welcome Center is intact and that the Pelican is still anchored at the dock. Richard Inglis, Haig Point Director of Transportation, is accompanying the Chief. Emergency services will be using the Welcome Center as a command post.

Haig Point has fared well.

A special thanks to staff members, Scott Hamm, Director of Golf Course Maintenance and Grounds, and to Mate John Schartner, who chose to stay on island. Scott is out assessing the grounds and developing a strategy for clean-up. John has been instrumental in providing updates.

We will keep you posted as we receive more information from our staff on Daufuskie.

Please note, the server is down at Haig Point which means we cannot view or respond to HP email at this time.



2:52 pm, 10-07-2016

All storm prep work has been completed including storage of outdoor furniture and securing all assets. The HP II & IV along with the Sand Piper and Merchant have been secured in separate locations. The Pelican will be tied at the Welcome Center.

The storm is due to hit our area early Saturday morning.

We plan on doing a site inspection once the authorities allow Haig Point first responders to return to the island. Key staff has special access passes to allow return before the all clear is given. We will keep you updated as we have more information.

We have heard that several Haig Point residents chose to remain on Daufuskie. We are asking that you please email comment@haigpoint.com if you are among those who chose to stay. We would like to check on you first thing when we do our site inspection.

You may also call 1-866-388-4244 for updates.

9:00 pm, 10-04-2016

Haig Point Food and Beverage Services have been closed until further notice.


6:19 pm, 10-04-2016

Governor Haley has scheduled a mandatory evacuation for 3:00 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, 2016. The

 governor's office recommends that folks travel at least 100 miles from the coast.

The boats will run on a regular schedule ALL day tomorrow, Wednesday, and stop service after the last scheduled run at 11:40 pm until further notice.
Again, updates will be posted on the member website and communicated via email.
  
Hurricane Resources
Please refer to the following information if you have any questions or concerns regarding hurricane evacuations, information or reentry procedures.

  1. You may contact Beaufort County Emergency Management Department Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 843.470.3100.

  2. The State of South Carolina's toll-free Public Information Phone System (PIPS) 866.246.0133 is also provided to disseminate accurate evacuation and shelter information during a hurricane evacuation to citizens and visitors in South Carolina.

  3. You may visit the Beaufort County website at www.co.beaufort.sc.us and click on Emergency Management for information.


Following a hurricane landfall, during the reentry/recovery phase, you may call this toll free number to get up-to-date information regarding conditions in Beaufort County 877.238.2021.


 

4:10 pm, 10-04-2016

Due to Hurricane Matthew approaching the area, we have begun our preparations to ensure the safety of our members, employees and our facilities
Right now boats are running on the regular schedule.

Governor Haley will have another update before 6 pm tonight.

We have NOT been contacted by the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) for which Chief Boys of the DIFD is Daufuskie Island’s contact.
We will send an update as soon as we hear from Chief Boys. Until then we strongly suggest you review your personal evacuation plan.

Updates will be posted to the public and internal member website.

Hurricane Resources
Please refer to the following information if you have any questions or concerns regarding hurricane evacuations, information or reentry procedures.

  1. You may contact Beaufort County Emergency Management Department Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 843.470.3100.

  2. The State of South Carolina's toll-free Public Information Phone System (PIPS) 866.246.0133 is also provided to disseminate accurate evacuation and shelter information during a hurricane evacuation to citizens and visitors in South Carolina.

  3. You may visit the Beaufort County website at www.co.beaufort.sc.us and click on Emergency Management for information.

Following a hurricane landfall, during the reentry/recovery phase, you may call this toll free number to get up-to-date information regarding conditions in Beaufort County 877.238.2021.


 

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