Dear Residents, Property Owners and Friends:

UTILITY BILLING INQUIRIES…

Due to timing of impacts resulting from Hurricane Florence and the ability to get Village Staff back in place, utility bills received for September ONLY reflected the total amount due for base charges alone.  Having said, the Village is aware that auto-drafts and some payments (either credit card or personal check) were NOT processed to reflect the total amount due on the September bill.  Please know that the utility bill you receive in November will include usage charges for September & October and any credits paid since then including the above referenced.

HURRICANE MICHAEL UPDATE:

As we continue with Hurricane Florence post-storm recovery efforts including continued pumping of several Village roads not passable by golf cart, a handful of individual sewer grinder pumps still submerged, in addition to getting underway with debris management efforts as of today, we wanted to let you know that the Village is also monitoring Hurricane Michael which is forecasted to impact North Carolina as a tropical storm as early as Thursday October 11th, 2018.

VILLAGE PRESTORM ACTIONS:

Given the unique & extraordinary circumstances for the potential of additional rainfall with the pending storm event on the heels of the Village’s continued recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence and the flooding that occurred, with coordination between the Village and BHI Club, the pumps to the emergency ocean outfalls will be turned on to remove additional water from the lagoons.

PLEASE NOTE:  THIS IS NOT TYPICALLY PERMITTED BY THE DIVISION OF COASTAL MANAGEMENT OR DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES AS A PROACTIVE MEASURE, OR TO BE DONE PREEMPTIVELY, BUT GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE VILLAGE HAS NOTIFIED THE STATE AND CAN PROCEED.

The Village will closely monitor the system over the next 24-48 hours on its projected path including predicted rainfall accumulation amounts…, as of the latest update from the NWS, rainfall amounts are expected to average 2” to 4” with isolated higher amounts possible.  The risk for flooding, especially in/near prone, low-lying areas will increase Wednesday into Thursday.

Another potential impact of significance will be the wind, although the storm is expected to be at tropical force winds by the time it reaches our area with wind gusts of 35 to 60 mph, given the continued saturation of the ground in many locations it will not take much for trees weakened by Hurricane Florence to topple from these winds.  Having said, Crowder Gulf is underway with debris removal, specifically addressing “hangars & leaners” along Village roads working to remove as much as possible between now & the storm reaching the area.

BHI TRANSPORTATION & FERRY SCHEDULE

If you have important travel plans, and not knowing if or when there may be disruption with ferry service due to the storm, you may want to consult in advance with Bald Head Island Transportation.  For the most up to date ferry schedule information you can visit their website at www.baldheadislandferry.com  under the “General Information” tab then click “Announcements”.

As of the latest update received from BHI Transportation officials, the weather conditions that we can expect to see will likely have an impact on ferry & barge operations.  Monitor this storm and if you have urgent travel plans departing the island you may want to consider moving them up.

IMPORTANT…

The Village’s Voice is the current means by which the Village distributes important information in a quick & timely manner to the general public.  The Village deems the information and content of the Village’s Voice important and therefore it is equally important that the general public ensure they are receiving them.  With that said, please forward this e-mail to those in your contact list that you think may benefit from receiving it.  Click here to register for this service.  The Village thanks you in advance!

CHECK THE VILLAGE’S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WEBPAGE FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION:

CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

http://villagebhi.org/new_wordpress/index.php/emergency-management/

As we continue to monitor the system and receive updates from the County and National Weather Service in addition to BHI Transportation we will send out further communications.

Thanks,

Chris McCall
Village Manager