City of Charleston moves to OPCON 1, preparing for Hurricane Dorian

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The City of Charleston on Sunday moved to Operation Condition (OPCON) 1, which indicates full activation of the Municipal Emergency Operations Center and the highest state of emergency operations.

The city’s stormwater department is working to perform pre-storm preventative maintenance on storm drains and ditches, and has secured temporary pumps that will be staged in low-lying areas that are known to flood.

The Parks Department also began securing city buildings Sunday morning, including City Hall.

Beginning at 8 a.m., Monday morning, the city of Charleston will have a limited supply of free sand and bags available for residents to build their own sandbags. Residents should bring their own shovels for assembly. Staff will be on-site to provide assistance, as needed.

The self-serve pick-up locations are:

  • 14 Sumar Street (Old Piggly Wiggly site)
  • West Ashley Park, 3601 Mary Ader Avenue
  • James Island Town Hall, 1122 Dills Bluff Road
  • Grace Bridge Street Parking Lot, 5 Grace Bridge Street
  • Volvo Car Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive

A limit of 10 sandbags per car will apply to all residents visiting these locations.

The City of Charleston’s Citizen Services Desk is now staffed to answer questions about the city’s preparations for the storm: 843-724-7311.

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