The Charleston area is currently in a king tide cycle, which predicts higher than average high tides for a short period of time. Due to high onshore winds with the potential to push water levels higher, the National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch for the Charleston area this evening. Kiawah’s high tide is at 9:25 p.m., and effects are most likely from 8-11 p.m.
During this time, there is potential for water on island roads, including Kiawah Island Parkway and Governors Drive, in low-lying areas and on properties that front the marsh. Members are urged to use caution on roads and not to drive through any areas of standing water. This is especially important in the evening when visibility may be low.
KICA’s Lakes Department prepared for the king tide cycle by closing all pond gates on Monday, July 29 to prevent water from entering the pond system. These gates will remain closed tonight.
KICA and the Town of Kiawah Island will be monitoring island conditions and will provide updates if necessary.
Wednesday, Jan. 30, the outbound lane of the Kiawah Island Parkway (near the bridge) will be closed between 2-3 p.m. for work associated with the embankment stabilization project.
Flaggers will be present to alternate traffic. Please use caution and give yourself additional time for travel. If you have questions, please call the town at 843-768-9166.
Starting Monday, Jan. 28, the inbound left lane at the Vanderhorst gate will be closed in order to even the surface of the road by replacing the brick pavers. All traffic will be directed to the outside lane. This lane repair is anticipated to take two weeks, as the bricks and mortar must set before traffic can drive over it. This will require security staff to stand away from the gate house, near the right lane, so please approach slowly and use caution. During inclement weather, Security staff will be stationed inside the gate house in order to respond to issues or questions.
Once the inbound left lane is complete, the inbound right lane will be repaired. Again, it will require the lane to be closed for approximately two weeks. During this second part of the project, the gate will be fully staffed.
Thank you for your patience, as we work to complete this project during our off-season. Please drive with extra care near the V-gate in the coming weeks.
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 9:30 a.m.
While Kiawah and South Carolina have been spared a direct hit, officials are still calling for various impacts associated with the storm. Beginning today (Sun. Sept. 10) and intensifying tomorrow (Mon. Sept 11), there is a possibility of significant flooding associated with high tides and storm surge. Please use caution when driving around the island and, if flooding conditions occur, we ask that you delay your travel until the water recedes.
KICA has placed water depth markers at various locations around the island so that members will not take unnecessary risks driving through flooded roadways. The taped lines are at 6 inches, 12 inches, and 18 inches. Driving through standing water can cause your car to stall, do lasting damage, and block roadways. Information indicates that 6″ of water will reach the bottom of most passenger vehicles, causing the potential for stalling, and 12″ of water can float many vehicles.
These markers are placed at the following locations where we have experienced flooding in the past:
Front of the Island:
Back of the Island:
Governors Drive @ Turtle Point Maintenance (inbound & outbound)
Flooding is most likely to occur around high tide today (Sunday) at 11:43 a.m. and tomorrow (Monday) at 12:09 a.m. and 12:37 p.m.
The Town, KICA, and other entities will participate in an emergency management conference call with our regional partners at mid-day, and report any updates at 2 p.m. As always, if there is breaking news prior to our scheduled communication, it will be announced immediately.