MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, August 30, 2023) – As Idalia approaches, Berkeley County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning, which means Tropical Storm force winds are possible within the next 36 hours, along with a Flood Watch and Tornado Watch. Tidal Berkeley, which includes Daniel Island and surrounding area, is additionally under a Hurricane Warning, which means Hurricane force winds are possibly within the next 36 hours.
County leaders and Emergency Management officials continue to monitor Idalia, which is likely to be a wind and rain event for Berkeley County, starting late Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday morning. Expected rainfall is 4 to 8 inches. Other potential impacts from Idalia, including risk for tornadoes and storm surge, remains low at this time for Berkeley County.
LANDFILL / CONVENIENCE CENTERS: All facilities are closing at 4:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 30, and will remain CLOSED Thursday, August 31. To prevent potential overflow later in the week at the Landfill and Convenience Centers, Berkeley County officials are encouraging those (who are able to do so safely) to drop off any storm and yard debris at the Landfill and Convenience Centers on Friday and Saturday, when all locations will operate by their normal hours. The Landfill and Convenience Centers are for Berkeley County residents only. A valid ID is required and will be checked. Facilities only accept residential waste, not commercial waste. The Landfill accepts commercial waste.
FACILITY CLOSURES: Please see schedule below for dates and times of County facility closures:
- Wednesday, August 30: All County Government offices, the Courthouse, Cypress Gardens, Berkeley Animal Center, and all County Library branches closed at 2 p.m. today. The Landfill and Convenience Centers will close at 4:30 p.m. today.
- Thursday, August 31: All County facilities will remain CLOSED. **Bond Court will still be held at 11 a.m.**
- Friday, September 1: All County facilities will reopen and operate by normal hours.
- Monday, September 4: All County facilities (except Cypress Gardens) will be CLOSEDin observance of the Labor Day holiday: **Bond Court will still be held at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.**
OPERATING CONDITIONS: The County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) moved to OPCON 2, partial EOC activation, at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. OPCON 2 means a disaster or emergency is likely to affect the County, and emergency operations plans are implemented.
CITIZEN CALL LINE: The Citizen Call Line (843-719-4800) is currently operational 24/7 for non-emergency calls ONLY. Callers will hear an automated response with Berkeley County storm prep information. **For all emergency calls, please call 911.**
SANDBAGS: Sandbags are available at the following sites on a first-come, first-served basis. The sites are self-serve. More locations will be added, as needed.
- St. Stephen – North Berkeley Fire Station 1, 124 Hood Street
- St. Stephen – East Berkeley Fire Station 3, 2173 Santee River Road (Alvin)
- Bonneau – North Berkeley Fire Station 2, 420 Municipal Lane
- Jamestown – North Berkeley Fire Station 7, 1037 Fortview Road (Honeyhill/Schulerville)
- Moncks Corner – First Street near railroad tracks on Carolina Avenue (behind Moncks Corner Fire Dept. headquarters)
- Moncks Corner / Summerville: Central Berkeley Fire & EMS Station 3, 115 Sunview Avenue
- Goose Creek – ACROSS FROM Goose Creek City Fire Department (201 Button Hall Avenue)
- Goose Creek – Goose Creek Rural Fire Department, 907 Red Bank Road
- Huger: Cainhoy Fire Department Station 6, 1004 United Drive
- Hanahan – Ballfield at Mabeline Road & Railroad Avenue
- Cross – Central Berkeley Fire & EMS Cross Station 1,1007 Short Cut Road
- Ladson / Summerville – C&B Fire Station 1, 509 Royal Road
- Cordesville – East Berkeley Fire Station 5, 1931 SC-402, Moncks Corner
POWER OUTAGES: Please do not call 911 for power outages. Please report outages to the appropriate provider below:
- Berkeley Electric: 1-888-253-4232
- Santee Cooper: 1-888-769-7688
- Dominion Energy: 1-888-333-4465
- Edisto Electric: 1-800-433-3292
REPORTING STORM DAMAGE: If your residence or business sustains storm damage, please report it HERE. Those without Internet access can report storm damage by calling the Citizen Call Line at 843-719-4800 and leaving a detailed voicemail.
Reporting storm damage will help Berkeley County staff gauge the extent of damage in the County and report the findings to state and federal officials. These reports will determine appropriate federal and state funding for damage caused by the storm.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm.
For the latest news and updates on Idalia, follow Berkeley County Government on Facebook and at www.berkeleycountysc.gov. Also, sign up for all County news and alerts through the County’s Notification System HERE.
– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –