Hurricane Irma: Governments, hospitals, schools set schedules for reopening

Here is the latest roundup of community information from the Chatham Emergency Management Agency:

 

Chatham County

• The Chatham County Health Department will be closed on Wednesday, but the Chatham CARE Center at 107 B Fahm Street will be open for services.

• Goodwill and donations drop-off points and Job Connection Centers located in Chatham County will resume normal hours today.

• Functional Medical Needs population will be transported back into Savannah today.

• If you would like to volunteer in cleaning up after Irma call 800-451-1954 to be place on the volunteer Crisis Cleanup Hotline.

• All county offices will return to normal operations beginning at 8 a.m., Wednesday.

• Aquatic Center will remain closed to the public through Wednesday. The facility will reopen on Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Pets that were evacuated will be returned on Wednesday by 2 p.m. Owners should contact Chatham County Animal Services at 912-652-6575 to arrange for pick-up. Chatham County Animal Services is located at 7211 Sallie Mood Drive.

• Montgomery Street Courthouse and Juvenile Courthouse will open Wednesday. No jurors will be needed on Wednesday and those with a summons should begin calling the juror line on Wednesday.

• Public Works crews are making passes through unincorporated areas; removing obstructions on roadways and assessing damages to roads, bridges, and drainage structures.

• Chatham County Public Works will begin transition from Disaster Response to Disaster Recovery on Thursday.

Debris removal in unincorporated areas

• Beginning Thursday, crews will be removing debris in the unincorporated areas.

• Debris removal will be a systematic response through neighborhoods until all storm related debris has been removed.

• Place your storm debris at the curb for collection. Separate vegetative debris from bulk waste.

• Do not place debris on or around utilities such as phone boxes, power poles, and drainage inlets.

• Debris should be placed as close to the roadway as possible, but not in the roadway. Loose materials, such as leaves and twigs, must be containerized. Non-containerized material will not be removed.

• Normal, non-critical, functions have been suspended such as roadside mowing, street sweeping, and normal dry trash pick-up. Chatham County has not waived rules and restrictions to the curbside collection program.

• The Chevis Road Drop-off Center and the Wilmington Island (Concord Road) Drop-off Center will be open beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

• The Sharon Drop-off Center on Kelly Hill Road will be open beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Bloomingdale

• Some residents still do not have power. If residents without power use a grinder pump, it is advised that they not use their bathrooms. Georgia Power has already been contacted and is prioritizing these residents since this poses a health issue.

• Residents who have not paid their water bills will be given a one-week grace period. Bills that are due on Sept. 15, must be paid by Sept. 22.

• Court will be in session on Sept. 26.

Garden City

• All city departments to include City Hall will reopen Wednesday.

• All water and wastewater systems are functionally normally.

• Waste Management of Savannah will begin collections with Garden City on its normal schedule for both recycling and trash tomorrow, with normal schedules being run all week.

• All court hearings scheduled for Wednesday will now be held on Sept. 27.

• The Garden City Senior Center will resume operations at noon Thursday for lunch.

Port Wentworth

• City Hall will open Wednesday.

• Municipal court for Wednesday has been cancelled.

• Regular trash service schedule will resume on Wednesday.

Pooler

• Court for Sept. 12 and Sept. 14 has been canceled.

• Pooler Police Department officers have remained on around the clock hurricane duty since 6 a.m. Saturday. They spent Monday and Tuesday assessing damage, flooding, downed power lines, and other damage and reporting it to the proper avenues.

Savannah

• City services are expected to resume at 10 a.m. Wednesday and will operate as usual.

• Residents should call 311 to report debris or schedule pick up.

• The Sept. 14 City Council meeting will be continued until Sept. 28.

Thunderbolt

• Town Hall will reopen Wednesday with limited staff.

• Council meeting has been canceled for Wednesday.

• Court has been canceled for Thursday

• Garbage and yard debris pickup will start at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Cart placement ordinance will not be in effect during Hurricane Irma clean up.

• Damage assessment teams are active. If you have property damage photos please send them to chankins@thunderboltga.org or text to 912-856-8939 with location of damage.

Tybee Island

• U.S. 80 is open

• Water and sewer systems are fully functional.

• Atlantic Waste will resume garbage and recycle pick up on Thursday.

• Atlantic Waste will collect yard debris on Friday and Saturday.

Health Care

• Memorial Hospital is now open for business as usual.

• Candler Hospital emergency room will reopen on Wednesday.

• Hospital services will be phased in as power is restored.

• St. Joseph’s emergency room is open. St. Joseph’s Hospital will be fully operational beginning Wednesday.

• All health departments and environmental health offices in Chatham County will be closed on Wednesday. Public health facilities will reopen as soon as possible.

Schools

• Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) is expected to reopen for students on Monday.

• Armstrong State University classes and special events are canceled until Monday. Residential students may return to the main campus beginning at 2 p.m. Friday. Faculty and staff can access their offices beginning at 2 p.m. Friday.

• Georgia Tech Savannah Campus will resume normal operations on Wednesday.

• Savannah State University classes will resume on Thursday. Residential students may begin returning to campus at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Resources

• America’s Second Harvest is providing hot meals to those who may not have power or resources on Wednesday. Interested persons can get a hot meal at the Second Harvest location at 2501 E. President Street beginning at 11:30 a.m.

• If you need assistance as result of Hurricane Irma, call 1-800-TRY-GEMA (1-800-879-4362) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

• For medical or health related questions, call 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584).

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