Monday, September 11, 2017

Irma Update 2 p.m. Monday

Posted By on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 2:24 PM

Significant flooding from Hurricane Irma, coinciding with high tide, has hit parts of Chatham County, mostly on the county's eastside.

On Tybee Island, the ocean has breached portions of the beach access and some buildings are heavily flooded.

Portions of Wilmington Island have seen significant floodwater encroachment.

The Savannah River has overtopped the River Street seawall and portions of the historic cobblestones are completely underwater.

Highway 80 is shut down this afternoon from the now-closed Thunderbolt Bridge all the way to Tybee due to flooding.

A portion of East President Street is underwater.

Chatham Emergency Management Agency says most of the heaviest storm effects will be gone after 5 p.m. today, at which time they will conduct a damage assessment.

CEMA says they might consider reinstating the nighttime curfew if road conditions, power outages, and flooding remain significant.

CEMA says incidents of looting are "very low or not at all."

No residential water systems are known to have been compromised at this point.

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Jim Morekis

A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for 15 years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series...
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