Monday storm center: Have a question about Hurricane Matthew? We’re here to help

Posted by Liz Farrell

Pier damaged at 201 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island, Oct. 9, 2016.
Pier damaged at 201 Marshland Road, Hilton Head Island, Oct. 9, 2016.

In the spirit of helping others during a time of emergency, The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette would like to hear from you.

If you have a Hurricane Matthew-related question or information you think would be important or helpful to share with others in the aftermath of the storm, please email, comment on this story below or direct message us on the Packet’s Facebook page or the Gazette’s Facebook page.

We will post links to each question here as we answer them, so bookmark this page for the latest information.

General concerns

▪  What do I do with my trash and yard debris?

▪  Is there a curfew for Monday?

▪  Will Marines still be graduating on Friday?

▪  What restaurants are open tonight?

▪  Is the Hilton Head airport open and can I fly there on private aircraft?

▪  When will the post office, UPS and FedEx start delivery again?

▪  Are there ways we can help people affected by the storm?

▪  Will Beaufort County employees get paid for time off for Hurricane Matthew evacuation?

▪  When will Beaufort County employees return to work?

▪  When can MCAS and Laurel Bay return?

▪  When will Parris Island reopen and when will personnel return?

▪  Have there been reports of break-ins in Beaufort County?

▪  Were there any storm-related injuries on Hilton Head?

▪  Am I allowed to start burning tree branches and yard refuse?

▪  What refrigerated food is OK to keep after a power outage?

▪  When do schools expect to reopen?

▪  How much notice will parents be given before schools reopen?

▪  What was it like for the people who didn’t evacuate?

▪  I’ve heard about water contamination. Where is this?

▪  What are some safety tips to know about using my generator?

▪  Will students have to make up the days they’re missing because of Hurricane Matthew?

▪  What happened to the 100 people who wouldn’t evacuate Daufuskie Island?

▪  Since there is so much flooding, will the alligators leave the lagoons and be loose on the flooded streets?

▪  I haven’t heard from my loved one who stayed behind. Is there someone I can call?

▪  I received an email about my power outage. Is this a scam?

▪  Is it true someone was shot to death during the storm?

▪  Is Harley the Clydesdale safe?

If you are in Beaufort County ...

▪  Which grocery stores are open in Beaufort County today?

▪  What gas stations are open in Beaufort County today?

▪  If the hurricane knocked out the traffic lights, do I still have to stop?

▪  Where can I get groceries in Beaufort County?

▪  What is the status of Coastal Carolina Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital?

▪  Is it true the Piggly Wiggly at Coligny has reopened?

▪  When will Beaufort Memorial Hospital reopen?

▪  When will we have gas again in Beaufort County?

▪  When will the Our Lady’s Pantry in Beaufort reopen?

▪  I’m a BJWSA customer. Is it safe to drink the water?

▪  I received an email about my power outage. Is this a scam?

▪  Who should I call to report utility outages?

▪  Will there be a power station set up to charge phones, computers?

▪  How many people stayed on Hilton Head Island?

▪  Have USPS, UPS and FedEx services been suspended?

Questions about damage

▪  Did Little Blue at Hunting Island survive the storm?

▪  Was your boat affected by Hurricane Matthew? Here are some tips on what to do now

▪  Where are all the places I can look to find out more about damage to my neighborhood?

▪  Where can I read more about the cleanup and recovery effort?

▪  Where can I see more photos of the damage?

▪  Is there video of the Sea Pines damage?

▪  Is there a map that shows the overall damage left by Hurricane Matthew?

▪  What do the beaches on Hilton Head Island look like?

▪  Has anyone heard anything about Palmetto Dunes?

▪  I’ve heard there are aerial photos of Sea Pines. Where can I see those?

▪  What is Sea Pines like?

▪  What is the damage like at Hilton Head Boathouse?

▪  What is the status of the Harbor Island bridge for anyone needing to return to Harbor or Fripp islands?

▪  Do you know anything about these streets and neighborhoods?

▪  Was the Cross Island Parkway on Hilton Head damaged?

▪  Is it true Palmetto Bay Marina is gone?

▪  Hurricane damage neighborhood by neighborhood

▪  Do you know who can assist with removing trees from a house, so that personal items can be retrieved?

▪  Any information about Daufuskie Island?

▪  Is it true there’s been damage to the bridges to Hilton Head Island?

▪  Any idea how much storm surge Hilton Head has encountered?

Re-entry questions

▪  I’m a small-business owner. Why isn’t my state-issued re-entry pass working?

▪  Can I avoid I-95 and U.S. 278 by taking the back roads from Savannah to Bluffton?

▪  Is the Spanish Wells bridge over the marsh open?

▪  How is traffic on I-95 and I-26 right now?

▪  I live on Hilton Head Island, Lady’s Island or a barrier island. Can I come home?

▪  Is I-95 still flooded in places or is it open for travel?

▪  How can Beaufort County business owners reopen faster?

▪  I evacuated to East Tennessee and I’m wondering if I-95 is accessible from I-26.

▪  Can you recommend a webcam to view St. Helena Island?