I’ve spent another evening emailing, PM-ing, texting, and even posting here on Bald Head Buddies.
I wrote the to Village Manager again about the issue of the smaller property management companies getting access to both the island and their customers’ houses. I have asked those managers to email the Village Clerk to explain who they are and list the houses in their care. I hope either the managers can do the job, or the Village’s EOC teams will do it. The property manager may be able to get in your house, too, while the Village only does exterior.
If you have requested an inspection/assessment, I am sure it will happen soon. I am as frustrated with saying “please be patient,” as you are of hearing it.
A bit about grinder pumps. I THINK, if I recall correctly, they are used in places where gravity flow systems won’t work. Regardless, each has its own motor. If they are underwater, they can’t be operated or checked. I posted a list of 96 that are underwater. Once the water recedes the pumps can be checked. If they can’t be operated, the homes they service will be uninhabitable until they are working. Yet another obstacle to delay a return to these homes.
A bit about sewer in general. Many of you may not know that our system purifies our “output” for re-use. This treated water is then pumped into the lagoons and used to water the golf course.
If the lagoons are flooded, there is no place for this re-use water to go. So, until the lagoons are substantially returned to their pre-Florence levels, the sewer system can not be restarted.
The same applies to the lift stations to which the other homes’ effluent runs. The are fed by gravity. If they are inundated by flood waters, they feed all that water to the sewer plant. The plant’s capacity is 1.5 million gallons per day. Although in normal conditions we have plenty of sewer capacity, when the lift stations start bringing in huge volumes of flood waters too, the system can reach its maximum capacity pretty quickly. The entire system has to be shut down, or, one or more lift stations can be shut down to keep the process within the system’s capacity. This happened with Hurricane Joachin in October 2015, right before Columbus Day weekend. Many of us were evicted from our homes because our sewer lift stations had to be shut down. It is hard to fathom that Florence dumped more water on BHI than Joachin, but she did!!!
We are heading back to Southport tomorrow. There is a Village Council meeting on Friday to do the “normal” work of Council. In this case it is getting all the documents in order, voted upon and signed to get the financing for the upcoming “storm damage reduction project’, aka “re-nourishment, processed. I suspect now we REALLY need this project, approved by voters earlier this year!
Stay well, stay tuned, stay safe, and have a great night’s sleep to help weather whatever each of learns tomorrow.