9/10/2017

Hurricane Irma: Be Alert for Flooded Roads

Posted In Road & Traffic Alerts, Severe Weather

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.

Irma water depth marker

These markers are placed at the following locations where we have experienced flooding in the past:

Front of the Island:

  • KI Pkwy @ Fields by Freshfields Village
  • KI Pkwy @ Mingo Point
  • KI Pkwy @ Green Winged Teal
  • KI Pkwy @ Night Heron Park
  • 28 Greensward Road
  • 263 Sea Marsh Drive

Back of the Island:

Governors Drive @ Turtle Point Maintenance (inbound & outbound)

  • Governors Drive @ Turtle Point Maintenance (inbound & outbound)
  • 175 Governors Drive
  • 194 Governors Drive
  • 65 Ocean Course Drive
  • Surfsong Road @ Glen Eagle
  • 162 Surfsong

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.