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Berkeley County Opens Shelters

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Tuesday, September 3)- Berkeley County opened four emergency shelters today at 10 a.m. Berkeley County residents in need of shelter can go to any of the following locations. Additionally, there will be special needs shelter open this afternoon. Please contact South Carolina Department Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) for more information.

  • Westview Middle School
  • Berkeley Middle School
  • Cane Bay High School
  • St. Stephen Elementary

Berkeley County Government offices are closed Tuesday, September 3 – Thursday, September 5.

BERKELEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE: All jurors who were notified to come to court will be excused through the remainder of this week. Drug court graduation will be moved and rescheduled at a later date. Circuit court is canceled all week. Family court and court offices will be closed through Thursday, and the status of Friday will be determined.

BOND COURT: Berkeley County Bond Court will operate on a normal schedule on Tuesday. If the weather allows, the Wednesday bond court will be held at 8 a.m. only. Thursday bond court will be held at 6:30 p.m. only. Normal hours are expected to resume Friday, September 6.

SANDBAGS INFORMATION AND EVACUATION ZONES: Berkeley County has delivered more than 20,000 sandbags and more than 700 tons of sand to 22 locations. The latest on sandbag distribution list and evacuation zones can be found through this interactive map:

LANDFILL AND CONVENIENCE CENTERS: The Berkeley County landfill will be open from 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. TODAY (9/3) and will close after that, until further notice. Convenience centers will be open from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. TODAY (9/3) and will close after that. Republic Services is suspending trash pick-up until after the storm.

ANIMAL CENTER: Berkeley Animal Center has temporarily stopped accepting animals. The shelter will remain closed until further notice. The shelter has also waved reclaim fees through the storm. If you need to reclaim an animal at the shelter, you can do so at no cost. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS OPENED THEIR HOME TO ANIMALS DURING THE STORM. Because of your support, all animals at the shelter have been fostered and have safe homes.

LIBRARIES: Berkeley County libraries are closed until further notice.

CYPRESS GARDENS: Cypress Gardens will be closed TODAY (9/3) through Thursday (9/5).

OPERATING CONDITION: Berkeley County moved to OPCON 1 on September 1 at 1 p.m. This operating level means the County Emergency Operations Center is fully activated.

CITIZEN CALL LINE: Berkeley County opened a citizens’ information line on Sunday, September 1. By calling 843-719-4800, residents can get updated information from the County’s Emergency Preparedness Department. This line will be open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Berkeley County Council issued a State of Emergency declaration at the County Committee and Council meeting Sunday, September 1 at 2 p.m. The declaration was made so that aid can be provided to supplement local resources in preventing and/or alleviating damages, loss, hardship or suffering in connection with Hurricane Dorian.

Berkeley County will continue to update the County websiteFacebook and Twitter pages as new information comes in.


– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –

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