Town of Surfside Beach declares state of emergency, secures pier construction site

Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 11:58 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2022 at 6:55 PM EDT
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SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The town of Surfside Beach declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Ian.

The declaration directs the town to activate and implement its emergency operations plans and take all reasonable actions to protect residents.

On top of the state of emergency, all public safety departments will be following the town’s Emergency Operations Plan.

Along with preparing for the storm the town offered sand for those who need to fill sandbags ahead of Ian.

The town also said that Consensus Construct crews spent Thursday morning securing the pier construction site.

“With Hurricane Ian now headed towards South Carolina, contractors working on the town’s new pier have pulled some items off the construction trestle and secured other equipment and loose materials on site,” the town said in a news release.

The town of Surfside Beach has been preparing all week for Ian’s arrival and the potential for high winds and heavy rains.

The town has been removing banners from light poles, lowering the water level of the town’s two largest lakes and removing flower baskets from the lamp poles.

The town would like to remind all of our residents to prepare for this storm.

  • Secure all yard items, decorations and debris.
  • Stay indoors for the duration of the storm, unless travel is absolutely necessary.
  • Continue to monitor trusted weather resources, such as local media or the National Hurricane Center.