Conflicting messages from officials led some to believe Hilton Head Island was re-open to the public after Hurricane Matthew long before barricades were lifted. Emergency management and law enforcement personnel had to raise their voices and tell some drivers they would be escorted off the bridge to convince them to turn around at the island checkpoint on Oct. 10, two days after the storm. The island would re-open the next day.
Conflicting messages from officials led some to believe Hilton Head Island was re-open to the public after Hurricane Matthew long before barricades were lifted. Emergency management and law enforcement personnel had to raise their voices and tell some drivers they would be escorted off the bridge to convince them to turn around at the island checkpoint on Oct. 10, two days after the storm. The island would re-open the next day. Rebecca Lurye rlurye@islandpacket.com
Conflicting messages from officials led some to believe Hilton Head Island was re-open to the public after Hurricane Matthew long before barricades were lifted. Emergency management and law enforcement personnel had to raise their voices and tell some drivers they would be escorted off the bridge to convince them to turn around at the island checkpoint on Oct. 10, two days after the storm. The island would re-open the next day. Rebecca Lurye rlurye@islandpacket.com

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