Hurricane Irma Updates

24/7 Hurricane Irma Hotline: 1-866-868-4351

The City of St. Marys is partnering with Camden County Emergency Management and other Cities in Camden County regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma to our community.  St. Marys will be operating as a part of a Joint Information Group, which consists of the Camden County, City of St. Marys, City of Kingsland and City of Woodbine to provide a unified message to our residents.  The most up to date information regarding the storm will be provided on the Camden County EMA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/camdencountyema) or by calling 1-866-868-4351. 


 

Hurricane Irma Update

 

St. Marys, GA - September 23, 2017- Here are updates for City residents, and we recommend that you check the County website www.camdencountyga.gov in addition to the City’s website www.stmarysga.gov.

 

Safety

 

We ask all residents to stay safe. The Coast Guard and City began cleanup efforts at the Riverfront starting Friday, September 22, 2017.  Safety zones will be set up around the work areas to ensure the safety of workers and our citizens. 

 

Effective immediately, the Coast Guard and its contractors will be recovering vessels along the St. Marys waterfront.  There will be divers, boats and equipment in the water.  Mariners are requested to keep back 50 yards and to transit this area with extreme caution.  For more information, please contact the Coast Guard at (904) 714-7557.    

 

St. Marys Street from Market on the Square, east to Ready Street and Ready Street, from St. Marys Street to Stable Alley is closed for a period of at least 30 days and the need for this closure will be reviewed the week of October 15th based on existing conditions at that time.  This closure is necessary in order to support the removal of debris and boats from the St. Marys waterfront. 

 

Maritime/Boating Notice

 

The Department of Natural Resources has inspected the Meeting Street Boat Ramp and has deemed it open for public use. All marine facilities along the St. Marys River, in the City of St. Marys, are closed for public use. Please continue to be mindful in St. Marys’ waterways for hazards such as floating and submerged debris.

 

Please follow this link on our webpage for all information related to the Hurricane Irma Emergency Order Information along with the Guidance Document from our Department.  DNR regulations can be found on the following websites:

 

http://coastalgadnr.org/HurricaneIrma 

 

http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/default/files/crd/MarshandShore/PermitsandApplications/Hurricane%20Irma%20Guidance%20Document%209.14.17.pdf

 

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (GA DNR/CRD) recognizes the need for local communities and residents to begin the process of returning to life as we know it. In response, we have activated a call center that started on Monday, September 18, 2017 to gather information about impacts to beach front property, private docks, bank stabilizations, marinas, commercial docks, or other structures within coastal waters, marshlands, or along barrier island beaches. Staff will also be available to answer questions about permitting/regulatory processes and needs for areas impacted within the jurisdiction of the State’s Shore Protection Act (SPA) and/or Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA). The call center number is (912) 264-7218 and will operate between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM until further notice.  

 

Downtown Docking Facilities

 

The City is working on plans to restore its downtown public docking and boating facilities.  This will be a two phase process, with temporary improvements to allow some boating activity and a full restoration and betterment project to provide long term facilities. We will continue to update all citizens on the status of this work and anticipate starting with temporary repairs and stabilization of the Gilman Boat House Dock and berthing facilities. 

 

 The Department of Natural Resources has authorized the City, through its emergency powers to issue contracts for cleanup along the St. Marys Riverfront.  The City has awarded a contract and is moving forward with cleanup effort.

 

City Work Efforts

 

The City has contracted with Goodwyn, Mills and Caywood, Inc. (GMC) to assist with FEMA contracting and documentation.  City staff, along with GMC continues to assess damages to maritime facilities and all other public owned facilities in the City. The City is working with GA DNR, Federal Park Service, and the Coast Guard in a cooperative effort.

 

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on storm debris removal throughout the City with City staff and Advance Disposal.  Each day we are seeing improvement, but it will take some time to bring all our roads and walkways to their pre-storm levels. 

 

Trash and Vegetative Waste

 

The City of St. Marys is on a normal trash collection schedule. The City will be doing special collection of vegetative waste only from the right of way. Vegetative brush will include storm brush debris, but no construction debris at this time. City Residents can also take vegetative debris to the property located behind the airport on Douglas Drive. City staff will be present. Drop off times are 8am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday.  The drop off site will be closed on Sundays. Residents will be required to provide name and local address prior to leaving debris. This site is not available to contractors or landscapers as per GEMA/FEMA regulations. Contractors must go to the County yard waste site.

 

 The County yard waste site is located at 4884 Old Still Road in Kingsland and will be open Monday-Saturday from 7am to 5pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm.  The City is reviewing the contract regarding pickup of construction debris and will provide an update regarding this possible pickup at a later date.  

 

 Damage Assessments

 

Camden County, including the City of St. Marys, is now part of a federally declared disaster and residents are eligible for assistance. The online registration process will take 18-20 minutes.

 

Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov to begin applying for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance.

 

 If you need further information or assistance:

 

Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

 

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened a Disaster Recovery Center on Friday, September 22, 2017, at the Camden County Public Service Authority (PSA) Recreation Center. This center offers in-person support to individuals and businesses. Recovery specialists from FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State of Georgia, and other agencies will be at the center to discuss assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The center’s address is:

 

Camden County Public Service Authority (PSA) Recreation Center 
1050 Wildcat Drive
Kingsland, Georgia 31548

 

Hours:              Monday - Friday          8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Saturday                      8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Sunday                        1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

City Utility Bill Due Date

 

There will be a 5 working day grace period for payment of water and sewer bills, which will be due September 27, 2017.

 

Volunteers

 

Citizens who are interested in volunteering or in need of assistance as a result of Irma may call 912-464-2209. This phone is manned by volunteers and has an answering machine. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible if you leave a message. You may also use email address st.marysirmarecoveryhotline@tds.net. The hotline service cannot provide medical assistance but may be able to get your transportation to a medical appointment. If you are elderly or disabled, they may be able to help remove fallen trees from your property or clean up your lawn or driveway of debris. The hotline is to link those individuals with neighbors who are willing to help. They have no money to disperse but there is volunteer assistance for non-monetary help.


Posted 9/21/2017

Hurricane Irma Update

 

St. Marys, GA - September 21, 2017- Here are updates for City residents, and we recommend that you check the County website www.camdencountyga.gov in addition to the City’s website www.stmarysga.gov.

 

Safety
We ask all residents to stay safe. The Coast Guard and City will be working on the Riverfront cleanup by Friday, September 22, 2017.  Protective zones will be set up around the work areas to ensure the safety of workers and our citizens. 

 

Effective immediately, the Coast Guard and its contractors will be salvaging vessels along the St. Marys waterfront.  There will be divers, boats and equipment in the water.  Mariners are requested to keep back 50 yards and to transit this area with extreme caution.  For more information, please contact the Coast Guard at (904) 714-7557.    

 

St. Marys Street from Market on the Square, east to Ready Street and Ready Street, from St. Marys Street to Stable Alley is closed for a period of at least 30 days and the need for this closure will be reviewed based on existing conditions at that time.  This closure is necessary in order to support the removal of debris and boats from the St. Marys waterfront. 

 

Maritime/Boating Notice
The Department of Natural Resources has inspected the Meeting Street Boat Ramp and has deemed it open for public use. All marine facilities along the St. Marys River, in the City of St. Marys, are closed for public use. Please continue to be mindful in St. Marys’ waterways for hazards such as floating and submerged debris.

 

Please follow this link on our webpage for all information related to the Hurricane Irma Emergency Order Information along with the Guidance Document from our Department.  DNR regulations can be found on the following websites:

 

http://coastalgadnr.org/HurricaneIrma

 

http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/default/files/crd/MarshandShore/PermitsandApplications/Hurricane%20Irma%20Guidance%20Document%209.14.17.pdf

 

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (GA DNR/CRD) recognizes the need for local communities and residents to begin the process of returning to life as we know it. In response, we have activated a call center that started on Monday, September 18, 2017 to gather information about impacts to beach front property, private docks, bank stabilizations, marinas, commercial docks, or other structures within coastal waters, marshlands, or along barrier island beaches. Staff will also be available to answer questions about permitting/regulatory processes and needs for areas impacted within the jurisdiction of the State’s Shore Protection Act (SPA) and/or Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA). The call center number is (912) 264-7218 and will operate between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM until further notice.  

 

Downtown Docking Facilities
The City is working on plans to restore its downtown public docking and boating facilities.  This will be a two phase process, with temporary improvements to allow some boating activity and a full restoration and betterment project to provide long term facilities. We will continue to update all citizens on the status of this work and anticipate starting with temporary repairs and stabilization of the Gilman Boat House Dock and berthing facilities. 

 

The Department of Natural Resources has authorized the City, through its emergency powers to issue contracts for cleanup along the St. Marys Riverfront.  The City is obtaining quotes and is moving forward as quickly as possible to award these contracts.  The City anticipates starting this work no later than Friday, September 22, 2017.

 

City Work Efforts
City staff continues to assess damages to maritime facilities and all other public owned facilities in the City. The City is working with GA DNR, Federal Park Service, and the Coast Guard in a cooperative effort.

 

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on storm debris removal throughout the City with City staff and Advance Disposal.  Each day we are seeing improvement, but it will take some time to bring all our roads and walkways to their pre-storm levels.

 

Trash and Vegetative Waste
The City of St. Marys is on a normal trash collection schedule. The City will be doing special collection of vegetative waste only from the right of way. Vegetative brush will include storm brush debris, but no construction debris at this time. City Residents can also take vegetative debris to the property located behind the airport on Douglas Drive. City staff will be present. Drop off times are 8am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday.  The drop off site will be closed on Sundays. Residents will be required to provide name and local address prior to leaving debris. This site is not available to contractors or landscapers as per GEMA/FEMA regulations.

 

The County yard waste site is located at 4884 Old Still Road in Kingsland and will be open Monday-Saturday from 7am to 5pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm.  The City is reviewing the contract regarding pickup of construction debris and will provide an update regarding this possible pickup at a later date.  The City has provided dumpsters at the waterfront for pickup of construction debris only from the waterfront. No vegetative debris is allowed to be placed in those dumpsters.

 

Damage Assessments
Camden County, including the City of St. Marys, is now part of a federally declared disaster and residents are eligible for assistance. The online registration process will take 18-20 minutes.

 

Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov to begin applying for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance.

 

If you need further information or assistance:

 

Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

 

Merchants and Businesses P
lease click here for information in regards to FEMA and SBA for small business and merchants.  An update meeting has been scheduled for Monday, September 25, 2017 at 08:30 am in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

 

City Facilities
City Hall is open normal business hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The St. Marys Library is now open normal business hours.  The City Senior Center will reopen on Monday, September 25, 2017.

 

City Utility Bill Due Date
There will be a 5 working day grace period for payment of water and sewer bills, which will be due September 27, 2017.

 

Call Center
The City will continue operating the call center through Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm to help answer citizen questions. If you have questions, please contact the call center at (912) 510-4000.


Posted 9/20/2017

Hurricane Irma Update

St. Marys, GA - September 20, 2017- Here are updates for City residents, and we recommend that you check the County website www.camdencountyga.gov in addition to the City’s website www.stmarysga.gov.

Safety
We ask all residents to stay safe. The Coast Guard and City will be working on the Riverfront cleanup by Friday, September 22, 2017.  Protective zones will be set up around the work areas to ensure the safety of workers and our citizens. 

The Coast Guard will be working on removing damages boats and debris in the St. Marys River along the City of St. Marys waterfront.  Security zones will be placed to ensure safety of all personnel and divers that will be a part of this process. 

St. Marys Street from Market on the Square, east to Ready Street and Ready Street, from St. Marys Street to Stable Alley is closed for a period of at least 30 days and the need for this closure will be reviewed based on existing conditions at that time.  This closure is necessary in order to support the removal of debris and boats from the St. Marys waterfront. 

Maritime/Boating Notice
The Department of Natural Resources has inspected the Meeting Street Boat Ramp and has deemed it open for public use. All marine facilities along the St. Marys River, in the City of St. Marys, are closed for public use. Please continue to be mindful in St. Marys’ waterways for hazards such as floating and submerged debris.

Please follow this link on our webpage for all information related to the Hurricane Irma Emergency Order Information along with the Guidance Document from our Department.  DNR regulations can be found on the following websites:

http://coastalgadnr.org/HurricaneIrma

http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/default/files/crd/MarshandShore/PermitsandApplications/Hurricane%20Irma%20Guidance%20Document%209.14.17.pdf

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (GA DNR/CRD) recognizes the need for local communities and residents to begin the process of returning to life as we know it. In response, we have activated a call center that started on Monday, September 18, 2017 to gather information about impacts to beach front property, private docks, bank stabilizations, marinas, commercial docks, or other structures within coastal waters, marshlands, or along barrier island beaches. Staff will also be available to answer questions about permitting/regulatory processes and needs for areas impacted within the jurisdiction of the State’s Shore Protection Act (SPA) and/or Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA). The call center number is (912) 264-7218 and will operate between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM until further notice.  

Downtown Docking Facilities
The City is working on plans to restore its downtown public docking and boating facilities.  This will be a two phase process, with temporary improvements to allow some boating activity and a full restoration and betterment project to provide long term facilities. We will continue to update all citizens on the status of this work and anticipate starting with temporary repairs and stabilization of the Gilman Boat House Dock and berthing facilities. 

The Department of Natural Resources has authorized the City, through its emergency powers to issue contracts for cleanup along the St. Marys Riverfront.  The City is obtaining quotes and is moving forward as quickly as possible to award these contracts.  The City anticipates starting this work no later than Friday, September 22, 2017.

The Coast Guard, working with the DNR and the City, is working on its plans to help remove boats that have sunk and/or are aground in the City’s marsh.  There are special regulations with regards to this and the Coast Guard is ensuring that all regulations are followed.  The City appreciates all of the assistance it has received from the Coast Guard.   Work on cleanup of the docks and boats is scheduled to begin no later than Friday, September 22, 2017.

City Work Efforts
City staff continues to assess damages to maritime facilities and all other public owned facilities in the City. The City is working with GA DNR, Federal Park Service, and the Coast Guard in a cooperative effort.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on storm debris removal throughout the City with City staff and Advance Disposal.  Each day we are seeing improvement, but it will take some time to bring all our roads and walkways to their pre-storm levels.

Trash and Vegetative Waste
The City of St. Marys is on a normal trash collection schedule. The City will be doing special collection of vegetative waste only from the right of way. Vegetative brush will include storm brush debris, but no construction debris at this time. City Residents can also take vegetative debris to the property located behind the airport on Douglas Drive. City staff will be present. Drop off times are 8am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday.  The drop off site will be closed on Sundays. Residents will be required to provide name and local address prior to leaving debris. This site is not available to contractors or landscapers as per GEMA/FEMA regulations.

The County yard waste site is located at 4884 Old Still Road in Kingsland and will be open Monday-Saturday from 7am to 5pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm.  The City is reviewing the contract regarding pickup of construction debris and will provide an update regarding this possible pickup at a later date.  The City has provided dumpsters at the waterfront for pickup of construction debris only from the waterfront. No vegetative debris is allowed to be placed in those dumpsters.

Damage Assessments
Camden County, including the City of St. Marys, is now part of a federally declared disaster and residents are eligible for assistance. The online registration process will take 18-20 minutes.

Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov to begin applying for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance.

If you need further information or assistance:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

Merchants and Businesses
Please click here for information in regards to FEMA and SBA for small business and merchants. 

City Facilities
City Hall is open normal business hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The St. Marys Library is now open normal business hours.  The City Senior Center will reopen on Monday, September 25, 2017.

City Utility Bill Due Date
There will be a 5 working day grace period for payment of water and sewer bills, which will be due September 27, 2017.

City Council Meetings
All City Council meetings and public hearings scheduled for Monday, September 18, were cancelled. The Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday, September 18, has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the City Council chambers.

Call Center
The City will continue operating the call center through Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm to help answer citizen questions. If you have questions, please contact the call center at (912) 510-4000.


Posted 9/20/2017

The City has been informed that FEMA and SBA will be opening a Disaster Recovery Center in Camden County. The details of when and where have not been determined. As soon as the City has been provided this information it will be distributed via City website, Facebook page and by email.

 

As a result of Hurricane Irma, the President has declared a major disaster for the State of Georgia.  This opens access to some recovery resources for small business owners.  Specifically, the following counties are currently eligible for SBA disaster assistance loans as of 9/19/17 (likely to change in the coming days):

 

Camden, Chatham, Glynn – Physical Damage and Economic Injury

 

 Brantley, Bryan, Clinch, Charlton, Echols, Effingham, Mcintosh, Ware, Wayne – Economic Injury only

 

 These business loans come with rates as low as 3.3% and terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts are up to $2M. Details are outlined in the attachment “GA_15314_Fact_Sheet.pdf.” 

 

 Also attached is a two-page document outlining the steps involved with the process – “Three_Step_Process_SBA_Disaster_Loans.pdf.” 

 

 Additional info can be found on the SBA website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

 

To apply for a SBA business loan you’ll need the following documentation:  

 

 

 The UGA SBDC is available to answer questions and provide assistance with this process to all business owners recovering from the hurricane.  Their services are free and can be scheduled by calling 912-264-7343.

FEMA and SBA Information


Posted 9/19/2017

Hurricane Irma Update

St. Marys, GA - September 19, 2017- Here are updates for City residents, and we recommend that you check the County website www.camdencountyga.gov in addition to the City’s website www.stmarysga.gov.

 

Safety
We ask all residents to stay safe.

 

Maritime/Boating Notice
The Department of Natural Resources has inspected the Meeting Street Boat Ramp and has deemed it open for public use. All marine facilities along the St. Marys River, in the City of St. Marys, are closed for public use. Please continue to be mindful in St. Marys’ waterways for hazards such as floating and submerged debris.

 

Please follow this link on our webpage for all information related to the Hurricane Irma Emergency Order Information along with the Guidance Document from our Department.  PLEASE, contact DNR at the following numbers with regards to boating related issues. 912.264.7218.  DNR regulations can be found on the following websites:

 

http://coastalgadnr.org/HurricaneIrma

 

http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/default/files/crd/MarshandShore/PermitsandApplications/Hurricane%20Irma%20Guidance%20Document%209.14.17.pdf

 

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (GA DNR/CRD) recognizes the need for local communities and residents to begin the process of returning to life as we know it. In response, we have activated a call center that started on Monday, September 18, 2017 to gather information about impacts to beach front property, private docks, bank stabilizations, marinas, commercial docks, or other structures within coastal waters, marshlands, or along barrier island beaches. Staff will also be available to answer questions about permitting/regulatory processes and needs for areas impacted within the jurisdiction of the State’s Shore Protection Act (SPA) and/or Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA). The call center number is (912) 264-7218 and will operate between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM until further notice.  

 

Downtown Docking Facilities
The City is working on plans to restore its downtown public docking and boating facilities.  This will be a two phase process, with temporary improvements to allow some boating activity and a full restoration and betterment project to provide long term facilities. We will continue to update all citizens on the status of this work and anticipate starting with temporary repairs and stabilization of the Gilman Boat House Dock and berthing facilities. 

 

The Department of Natural Resources has authorized the City, through its emergency powers to issue contracts for cleanup along the St. Marys Riverfront.  The City is obtaining quotes and is moving forward as quickly as possible to award these contracts. 

 

The Coast Guard, working with the DNR and the City, is working on its plans to help remove boats that have sunk and/or are aground in the City’s marsh.  There are special regulations with regards to this and the Coast Guard is ensuring that all regulations are followed.  The City appreciates all of the assistance it has received from the Coast Guard.   

 

City Work Efforts
City staff continues to assess damages to maritime facilities and all other public owned facilities in the City. The City is working with GA DNR, Federal Park Service, and the Coast Guard in a cooperative effort.

 

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on storm debris removal throughout the City with City staff and Advance Disposal.  Each day we are seeing improvement, but it will take some time to bring all our roads and walkways to their pre-storm levels.

 

Trash and Vegetative Waste
The City of St. Marys is on a normal trash collection schedule. The City will be doing special collection of vegetative waste only from the right of way. Vegetative brush will include storm brush debris, but no construction debris at this time. City Residents can also take vegetative debris to the property located behind the airport on Douglas Drive. City staff will be present. Drop off times are 8am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday.  The drop off site will be closed on Sundays. Residents will be required to provide name and local address prior to leaving debris. This site is not available to contractors or landscapers as per GEMA/FEMA regulations.

 

The County yard waste site is located at 4884 Old Still Road in Kingsland and will be open Monday-Saturday from 7am to 5pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm.  The City is reviewing the contract regarding pickup of construction debris and will provide an update regarding this possible pickup at a later date.  The City has provided dumpsters at the waterfront for pickup of construction debris only from the waterfront. No vegetative debris is allowed to be placed in those dumpsters.

 

Damage Assessments
Camden County, including the City of St. Marys, is now part of a federally declared disaster and residents are eligible for assistance. The online registration process will take 18-20 minutes.

 

Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov to begin applying for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance.

 

If you need further information or assistance:

 

Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

 

City Facilities
City Hall is open normal business hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The St. Marys Library is now open normal business hours.  The City Senior Center will reopen on Monday, September 25, 2017.

 

City Utility Bill Due Date
There will be a 5 working day grace period for payment of water and sewer bills, which will be due September 27, 2017. The City will be accepting payments for water and sewer bills beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017.

 

City Council Meetings
All City Council meetings and public hearings scheduled for Monday, September 18, were cancelled. The Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday, September 18, has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the City Council chambers.

 

Call Center
The City will continue operating the call center on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to help answer citizen questions. If you have questions, please contact the call center at (912) 510-4000.


Posted 9/18/2017

Hurricane Irma Update

 

St Marys, GA - September 18, 2017- Here are updates for City residents, and we recommend that you check the County website www.camdencountyga.gov in addition to the City’s website www.stmarysga.gov.

 

Safety
We ask all residents to stay safe.

 

Maritime/Boating Notice
The Department of Natural Resources has inspected the Meeting Street Boat Ramp and has deemed it open for public use. All marine facilities along the St. Marys River, in the City of St. Marys, are closed for public use. Please continue to be mindful in St. Marys’ waterways for hazards such as floating and submerged debris.

 

Please follow this link on our webpage for all information related to the Hurricane Irma Emergency Order Information along with the Guidance Document from our Department.  PLEASE, contact DNR at the following numbers with regards to boating related issues. 912.264.7218.  DNR regulations can be found on the following websites:

 

http://coastalgadnr.org/HurricaneIrma

 

http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/default/files/crd/MarshandShore/PermitsandApplications/Hurricane%20Irma%20Guidance%20Document%209.14.17.pdf

 

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (GA DNR/CRD) recognizes the need for local communities and residents to begin the process of returning to life as we know it. In response, we have activated a call center that started on Monday, September 18, 2017 to gather information about impacts to beach front property, private docks, bank stabilizations, marinas, commercial docks, or other structures within coastal waters, marshlands, or along barrier island beaches. Staff will also be available to answer questions about permitting/regulatory processes and needs for areas impacted within the jurisdiction of the State’s Shore Protection Act (SPA) and/or Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA). The call center number is (912) 264-7218 and will operate between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM until further notice.  

 

Downtown Docking Facilities
The City is working on plans to restore its downtown public docking and boating facilities.  This will be a two phase process, with temporary improvements to allow some boating activity and a full restoration and betterment project to provide long term facilities. We will continue to update all citizens on the status of this work and anticipate starting with temporary repairs and stabilization of the Gilman Boat House Dock and berthing facilities. 

 

City Work Efforts
City staff continues to assess damages to maritime facilities and all other public owned facilities in the City. The City is working with GA DNR, Federal Park Service, and the Coast Guard in a cooperative effort.

 

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on storm debris removal throughout the City with City staff and Advance Disposal.  Each day we are seeing improvement, but it will take some time to bring all our roads and walkways to their pre-storm levels.

 

Trash and Vegetative Waste
The City of St. Marys is on a normal trash collection schedule. The City will be doing special collection of vegetative waste only from the right of way. Vegetative brush will include storm brush debris, but no construction debris at this time. City Residents can also take vegetative debris to the property located behind the airport on Douglas Drive. City staff will be present. Drop off times are 8am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday.  The drop off site will be closed on Sundays. Residents will be required to provide name and local address prior to leaving debris. This site is not available to contractors or landscapers as per GEMA/FEMA regulations.

 

The County yard waste site is located at 4884 Old Still Road in Kingsland and will be open Monday-Saturday from 7am to 5pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm.

 

The City is reviewing the contract regarding pickup of construction debris and will provide an update regarding this possible pickup at a later date.

 

The City has provided dumpsters at the waterfront for pickup of construction debris only from the waterfront. No vegetative debris is allowed to be placed in those dumpsters.

 

Damage Assessments
Camden County, including the City of St. Marys, is now part of a federally declared disaster and residents are eligible for assistance. The online registration process will take 18-20 minutes.

 

Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov to begin applying for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance.

 

If you need further information or assistance:

 

Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

 

City Facilities
City Hall is open normal business hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The St. Marys Library will reopen at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.  The City is hoping to open the Senior Center  by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

 

City Utility Bill Due Date
There will be a 5 working day grace period for payment of water and sewer bills, which will be due September 27, 2017. The City will be accepting payments for water and sewer bills beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017.

 

City Council Meetings
All City Council meetings and public hearings scheduled for Monday, September 18, are cancelled. The Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday, September 18, has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 21st, at 6:00PM in the City Council chambers.

 

Call Center
The City will continue operating the call center on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to help answer citizen questions. If you have questions, please contact the call center at (912) 510-4000.


Posted 9/18/2017

Camden County and the City of St. Marys welcomes FEMA to our area. Together, we are working to bring disaster support assistance to impacted residents. FEMA teams will travel to affected areas and work individually with residents needing assistance. ALL FEMA STAFF will wear official badges.


Posted 9/17/2017

Hurricane Irma Update

 

St Marys, GA - September 17, 2017- Here are updates for City residents, and we recommend that you check the County website www.camdencountyga.gov in addition to the City’s website www.stmarysga.gov.

 

Safety
We ask all residents to stay safe.

 

Maritime/Boating Notice
The Department of Natural Resources has inspected the Meeting Street Boat Ramp and has deemed it open for public use. All marine facilities along the St. Marys River, in the City of St. Marys, are closed for public use. Please continue to be mindful in St. Marys’ waterways for hazards such as floating and submerged debris.

 

Please follow this link on our webpage for all information related to the Hurricane Irma Emergency Order Information along with the Guidance Document from our Department.  PLEASE, contact DNR at the following numbers with regards to boating related issues. 912.264.7218.  DNR regulations can be found on the following websites:

 

http://coastalgadnr.org/HurricaneIrma

 

http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/default/files/crd/MarshandShore/PermitsandApplications/Hurricane%20Irma%20Guidance%20Document%209.14.17.pdf

 

City Utilities
The City of St. Marys water and sewer facilities are operating at normal levels. The City of St. Marys is NOT under a boil water advisory at this time.

 

City Work Efforts
City staff continues to assess damages to maritime facilities and all other public owned facilities in the City. The City is working with GA DNR, Federal Park Service, and the Coast Guard in a cooperative effort.

 

Trash and Vegetative Waste
The City of St. Marys is on a normal trash collection schedule. The City will be doing special collection of vegetative waste only from the right of way. Vegetative brush will include storm brush debris, but no construction debris at this time. City Residents can also take vegetative debris to the property located behind the airport on Douglas Drive. City staff will be present. Drop off times are 8am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday.  The drop off site will be closed on Sundays. Residents will be required to provide name and local address prior to leaving debris. This site is not available to contractors or landscapers as per GEMA/FEMA regulations.

 

The County yard waste site is located at 4884 Old Still Road in Kingsland and will be open Monday-Saturday from 7am to 5pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm.

 

The City is reviewing the contract regarding pickup of construction debris and will provide an update regarding this possible pickup at a later date.

 

The City has provided dumpsters at the waterfront for pickup of construction debris only from the waterfront. No vegetative debris is allowed to be placed in those dumpsters.

 

Damage Assessments

 

Camden County, including the City of St. Marys, is now part of a federally declared disaster and residents are eligible for assistance. The online registration process will take 18-20 minutes.

 

Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov to begin applying for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance.

 

If you need further information or assistance:

 

Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

 

City Facilities
City Hall will open on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:00 am. Please check this site for the status of other City facilities as we are able to bring them on line. The City is hoping to open the Senior Center and Public Library by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

 

City Utility Bill Due Date
There will be a 5 working day grace period for payment of water and sewer bills, which will be due September 27, 2017. The City will be accepting payments for water and sewer bills beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017.

 

City Council Meetings
All City Council meetings and public hearings scheduled for Monday, September 18, are cancelled. The Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday, September 18, has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 21st, at 6:00PM in the City Council chambers.

 

Call Center
The City will be operating a call center to help answer citizen questions. The hours will be Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 8am-5pm. If you have questions, please contact the call center at (912) 510-4000.


Posted 9/17/2017

GA Power Update

As of last night, GA Power had every customer back on in Camden County who were able to have service.  There was only one service to a backyard shop in Kingsland that they could not get back on due to accessibility.  They are now conducting damage assessment sweeps, including downtown St. Marys.  GA Power crews, contract crews, and tree crews operating are in the area to clear up what the damage assessment teams find, which could be trees on lines, lines on the ground, etc. 


Posted 9/17/2017

Volunteer Service

Neighbors helping neighbors in the aftermath of Irma has led to the city of St. Marys working with a volunteer co-ordination team that has established a central hotline where residents who need help and volunteers willing to help can link and get the job done.

St. Marys residents who find themselves in crisis situations because of Irma can call a central hotline number to seek help.  Residents or businesses willing to help those in need can call the same number and link with a neighbor in need.

The hotline number will be in play for about three weeks.  The telephone number is 912-464-2209.  It is manned by volunteers and has an answering machine.  Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. The email address is StMarysIrmaRecoveryHotline@tds.net.

The hotline cannot provide medical assistance but may be able to get you transportation to a medical appointment. They may be able to help get a tree off your roof.  If you are without transportation, they may be able to go to the grocery or pharmacy for you.  If you are elderly or disabled and cannot clean your lawn or driveway of debris, they may be able to help.  If you do not understand how to complete FEMA forms for reimbursement, they may be able to help. Please remember these are your neighbors and volunteers trying to help.  This is not a government program or a business opportunity. No one receiving or providing help will receive monetary reimbursement.

This hotline is intended as a short term immediate response for those in need because of the impact of Irma.  It is also intended to help individuals, organizations, charities and civic groups who want to help those in trouble an organized way to do so.  If you want to volunteer to help, please be specific when you call or email the hotline and let them know what you are willing to do and when you are available to help.


Posted 9/17/2017

Hudgens: Insurance Claims Specialist To Visit Camden County

 

Atlanta – A Consumer Claims Specialist from Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ Office will be in Camden County on Monday, September 18, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. to assist area residents with insurance issues related to Hurricane Irma.

 

The Claims Specialist will be on hand to meet one-on-one with storm survivors to discuss problems or concerns they may have with filing their insurance claims. The service is free to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.

 

The meeting will be held at the Camden Community Recreation Center in the Public Service Authority office located at 1050 Wildcat Drive, Kingsland, Georgia.

 

Residents who cannot attend the meeting can call the Insurance Department’s Consumer Services Hotline at 1-800-656-2298. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

Date: Monday, September 18
Time: 8 a. m. until 6 p.m.
Location: Camden Community Recreation Center Public Service Authority Office; Kingsland, Georgia


Posted 9/17/2017

Coastal DNR Information

http://coastalgadnr.org/HurricaneIrma

http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/default/files/crd/MarshandShore/PermitsandApplications/Hurricane%20Irma%20Guidance%20Document%209.14.17.pdf


Posted 9/17/2017

Transitional Shelter Information
https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/08/29/transitional-shelter-assistance


Posted 9/16/2017

The Gilman Dock in St. Marys is closed for public use.  Emergency agencies, including the Coastguard, DNR and Navy, are the only ones authorized to use it.


Posted 9/16/2017

St Marys, GA - September 16, 2017- Here are updates for City residents, and we recommend that you check the County website www.camdencountyga.gov in addition to the City’s website www.stmarysga.gov.

Safety
We ask all residents to stay safe.  Please stay away from downed power lines and be mindful of loose debris and broken branches remaining in trees.  If you are operating a generator, please operate in a safe manner in an outside well-ventilated area. 

Maritime/Boating Notice
The Department of Natural Resources has inspected the Meeting Street Boat Ramp and has deemed it open for public use. 

All marine facilities along the St. Marys River, in the City of St. Marys, are closed for public use.  Please continue to be mindful in St. Marys’ waterways for hazards such as floating and submerged debris. 

Any questions regarding recovery of boats, should contact Buck Bennett at the Department of Natural Resources.  His contact number can be found at http://gadnr.org/

City Utilities
The City of St. Marys water and sewer facilities are operating at normal levels.  The City of St. Marys is NOT under a boil water advisory at this time.

City Work Efforts
City staff continues to assess damages to maritime facilities and all other public owned facilities in the City.  The City is working with GA DNR, Federal Park Service, and the Coast Guard in a cooperative effort.

Trash and Vegetative Waste
The City of St. Marys is on a normal trash collection schedule.  The City will be doing special collection of vegetative waste only from the right of way.  Vegetative brush will include storm brush debris, but no construction debris at this time.  City Residents can also take vegetative debris to the property located behind the airport on Douglas Drive.  City staff will be present.  Drop off times are 8am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday and on Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.  Residents will be required to provide name and local address prior to leaving debris.  This site is not available to contractors or landscapers as per GEMA/FEMA regulations.  

The County yard waste site is located at 4884 Old Still Road in Kingsland and will be open Monday-Saturday from 7am to 5pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm. 

The City is reviewing the contract regarding pickup of construction debris and will provide an update regarding this possible pickup at a later date.

The City has provided dumpsters at the waterfront for pickup of construction debris only from the waterfront.  No vegetative debris is allowed to be placed in those dumpsters. 

Damage Assessments
Camden County, including the City of St. Marys, is now part of a federally declared disaster and residents are eligible for assistance. The online registration process will take 18-20 minutes.

Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov to begin applying for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance.

If you need further information or assistance:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

City Facilities
All City facilities will remain closed through Friday, September 15, 2017 as staff continues to deal with hurricane recovery efforts.  City Hall will reopen on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:00 am.  Please check this site for the status of other City facilities as we are able to bring them on line. The City is hoping to open the Senior Center and Public Library by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Point of Distribution
There is a Point of Distribution for Camden County residents with water, ice, and shelf stable meal modules at the College of Coastal Georgia Camden Center until 8:00 p.m. (or when supplies run out) on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

College of Coastal Georgia Camden Center 8001 Lakes Blvd. Kingsland, Georgia 31548

City Utility Bill Due Date
There will be a 5 working day grace period for payment of water and sewer bills, which will be due September 27, 2017.  The City will be accepting payments for water and sewer bills beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Electric Service
City officials have been speaking with GA Power.  Power will be restored on an incremental basis, and they hope to have power to the majority of households by Saturday evening.  OREMC has crews out to restore power to their areas.

City Council Meetings 
All City Council meetings and public hearings scheduled for Monday, September 18, are cancelled. The Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday, September 18, has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 21st, at 6:00PM in the City Council chambers.

Call Center
The City will be operating a call center to help answer citizen questions.  The hours will be Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 8am-5pm.  If you have questions, please contact the call center at (912) 510-4000.


Posted 9/15/2017

St Marys, GA - September 15, 2017- Here are updates for City residents, and we recommend that you check the County website www.camdencountyga.gov in addition to the City’s website www.stmarysga.gov.

 

Safety
We ask all residents to stay safe.  Please stay away from downed power lines and be mindful of loose debris and broken branches remaining in trees.  If you are operating a generator, please operate in a safe manner in an outside well-ventilated area. 

 

Maritime/Boating Notice
The Department of Natural Resources has inspected the Meeting Street Boat Ramp and has deemed it open for public use. 

 

All marine facilities along the St. Marys River, in the City of St. Marys, are closed for public use.  Please continue to be mindful in St. Marys’ waterways for hazards such as floating and submerged debris. 

 

Any questions regarding recovery of boats, should contact Buck Bennett at the Department of Natural Resources.  His contact number can be found at http://gadnr.org/

 

City Utilities
The City of St. Marys water and sewer facilities are operating at normal levels.  The City of St. Marys is NOT under a boil water advisory at this time.

 

City Work Efforts
City staff continues to assess damages to maritime facilities and all other public owned facilities in the City.

 

Trash and Vegetative Waste
The City of St. Marys is on a normal trash collection schedule.  The City will be doing special collection of vegetative waste only from the right of way.  Vegetative brush will include storm brush debris, but no construction debris at this time.  City Residents can also take vegetative debris to the property located behind the airport on Douglas Drive.  City staff will be present.  Drop off times are 8am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday and on Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.  Residents will be required to provide name and local address prior to leaving debris.  This site is not available to contractors or landscapers as per GEMA/FEMA regulations.  

 

The County yard waste site is located at 4884 Old Still Road in Kingsland and will be open Monday-Saturday from 7am to 5pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm. 

 

The City is reviewing the contract regarding pickup of construction debris and will provide an update regarding this possible pickup at a later date.

 

The City has provided dumpsters at the waterfront for pickup of construction debris only from the waterfront.  No vegetative debris is allowed to be placed in those dumpsters. 

 

Damage Assessments
Please file any claims pertaining to storm damage directly to GEMA at https://gema-soc.maps.arcgis.com.  The Cities and County are assessing damage and will advise if the federal government authorizes funding for individual claims.  If you have additional questions regarding damage reporting, please email IrmaDamage@stmarysga.gov.

 

Curfew
The curfew has been lifted.

 

City Facilities
All City facilities will remain closed through Friday, September 15, 2017 as staff continues to deal with hurricane recovery efforts.  City Hall will reopen on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:00 am.  Please check this site for the status of other City facilities as we are able to bring them on line.

 

City Utility Bill Due Date
There will be a 5 working day grace period for payment of water and sewer bills, which will be due September 27, 2017.  The City will be accepting payments for water and sewer bills beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017.

 

Electric Service
City officials have been speaking with GA Power.  Power will be restored on an incremental basis, and they hope to have power to the majority of households by Saturday evening.  OREMC has crews out to restore power to their areas.

 

City Council Meetings 
All City Council meetings and public hearings scheduled for Monday, September 18, are cancelled. The Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday, September 18, has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 21st, at 6:00PM in the City Council chambers.

 

Burn Permits
There is a county-wide ban on the issuance of burn permits at this time.

 

Call Center
The City will be operating a call center to help answer citizen questions.  The hours will be Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm.  If you have questions, please contact the call center at (912) 510-4000.      
                                                        
Press Release


Posted 9/14/2017

Message from Georgia Power

Please feel free to share with our fellow citizens as we work safely and diligently to restore service to our customers:

  • Never touch any downed wire or low hanging wires - it can kill. Telephone or cable TV wires that touch a power line can be deadly. Report the location of any downed or low hanging line to Georgia Power. You can also contact local authorities or 911.
  • Never try to make your own electrical repairs to Georgia Power equipment. Let our crews do the dangerous work.
  • Never pull tree limbs off power lines yourself. It doesn’t matter if the power line is on public or private property, Georgia Power must remove the power lines from the danger zone before anyone tries to remove the trees.
  • Never go into areas with debris or downed trees. Dangerous power lines may be buried in the wreckage.
  • Never go near chain link fences. Dangerous lines may touch the metal.
  • Never step in puddles. They may be electrified.
  • Never connect portable generators to your household electrical wiring. Connect only essential appliances - freezers and refrigerators - directly to a generator.
  • Never walk into areas where crews are at work. If you're driving near work crews, obey road signs and proceed cautiously.
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Posted 9/14/2017 

Hurricane Irma Update 

St Marys, GA - September 14, 2017- Here are updates for City residents, and we recommend that you check the County website www.camdencountyga.gov  in addition to the City’s website www.stmarysga.gov.

Safety
We ask all residents to stay safe.  Please stay away from downed power lines and be mindful of loose debris and broken branches remaining in trees.  If you are operating a generator, please operate in a safe manner in an outside well-ventilated area.  

Maritime/Boating Notice
There are no public boating facilities available in the City of St. Marys.  Emergency agencies including, the Coastguard, DNR and Navy are the only ones authorized to use our limited City facilities.  The City requests no recreational boating in St. Marys waterways due to hazards such as floating and submerged debris.  If you have any questions, please dial (912) 510-0078.

City Utilities
The City of St. Marys continues to operate our water and sewer facilities, but the sewer facility is at maximum capacity.  We ask that you minimize use of these facilities, as they are under stress, and any additional stress could cause the systems to fail.  Avoid doing laundry, running the dishwasher, taking showers/baths, etc.  The City of St. Marys is NOT under a boil water advisory at this time. 

City Work Efforts
The City remains focused on opening roadways.  City staff continues to assess damages to maritime facilities and all other public owned facilities in the City.

Trash and Vegetative Waste
The City of St. Marys began normal trash collection on Thursday, collecting the normal Thursday route, as well as collecting vegetative brush only from the right of way.  Vegetative brush will include storm brush debris, but no construction debris at this time.  City Residents can also take vegetative debris to the property located behind the airport on Douglas Drive.  City staff will be present.  Drop off times are 8am to 6pm, Monday- Saturday and on Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.  Residents will be required to provide name and local address prior to leaving debris.  This site is not available to contractors or landscapers as per GEMA/FEMA regulations.   

The County yard waste site is located at 4884 Old Still Road in Kingsland and will be open Monday-Saturday from 7am to 5pm and on Sunday from 7am to 3pm.

The City is reviewing the contract regarding pickup of construction debris and will provide an update regarding this possible pickup at a later date.

The City has provided dumpsters at the waterfront for pickup of construction debris only from the waterfront.  No vegetative debris is allowed to be placed in those dumpsters. 

Damage Assessments
Please email private home and business claims to irmadamage@stmarysga.gov, so that we can compile them for GEMA/FEMA.  You will need to include your physical address, email and phone number, damage sustained, documentation of damage (photos) and estimated cost of repair.  You may also file directly at  https://gema-soc.maps.arcgis.com.  

Curfew
A City and County wide curfew will remain in effect from Midnight to 6 am until further notice. 

City Facilities
All City facilities will remain closed through Friday, September 15, 2017 as staff continues to deal with hurricane recovery efforts.  City Hall will reopen on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:00 am.  Please check this site for the status of other City facilities as we are able to bring them on line. 

City Utility Bill Due Date
There will be a 5 working day grace period for payment of water and sewer bills, which will be due September 27, 2017. 

Electric Service
The City has spoken to representatives from GA Power, and we have been advised that 1500 are currently without electric in the County due to the extensive damage in our area.  Power will be restored on an incremental basis, and they hope to have power to the majority of households by Saturday evening.  OREMC has crews out to restore power to their areas. 

City Council Meetings  
All City Council meetings and public hearings scheduled for Monday, September 18, are cancelled. The Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday, September 18, has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 21st, at 6:00PM in the City Council chambers.

Press Release


Posted 9/13/2017

Effective, today, September 13, 2017, we are now in Phases Two (Critical Business Re-entry) and Three (Residential Re-entry) of the Camden County Unified Hurricane Re-Entry Plan. The voluntary evacuation has been lifted; critical business personnel and residents are authorized for re-entry. There are potential safety hazards including fallen and falling power lines, debris, trees, and limbs. A State of Emergency and curfew (8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.) are still in effect until further notice. Please continue to monitor social media and the Camden County website at www.camdencountyga.gov for updates.


Posted 9/13/2017

Hurricane Irma Update

 

St Marys, GA - September 13, 2017- The City of St. Marys continues to be under a voluntary evacuation order. Here are updates for City residents, and we recommend that you check the County website www.camdencountyga.gov  in addition to the City’s website www.stmarysga.gov  .

 

City Utilities
The City of St. Marys continues to operate our water and sewer facilities, but is at maximum capacity.  We ask that you minimize use of these facilities, as they are under stress, and any additional stress could cause the systems to fail.  The City of St. Marys is NOT under a boil water advisory at this time.

 

City Work Efforts
The City remains focused on opening roadways.  The National Guard has arrived and is assisting the City workforce in order to clear the roads of trees and debris.

 

Trash and Vegetative Waste
The City of St. Marys will begin normal trash collection on Thursday, collecting the normal Thursday route, as well as collecting vegetative brush only from the right of way.  Vegetative brush will include storm brush debris, but no construction debris at this time. 

 

The City is reviewing the contract regarding pickup of construction debris and will provide an update regarding this possible pickup at a later date.  

 

The City has provided dumpsters at the waterfront for pickup of construction debris only from the waterfront.  No vegetative debris is allowed to be placed in those dumpsters. 

 

Damage Assessments
City Staff is preparing an email address for sending in private home and business claims, so that we can compile them for GEMA/FEMA.  We anticipate having this email address operational by Thursday, September 14, 2017.   You will need to include your physical address, email and phone number, damage sustained, documentation of damage (photos) and estimated cost of repair.

 

Curfew
A City and County wide curfew will remain in effect from 8 pm to 6 am until further notice.

 

City Facilities
All City facilities will remain closed through Friday, September 15, 2017 as staff continues to deal with hurricane recovery efforts. 

 

Boating Access
The Wheeler Street boat ramp will remain closed indefinitely due to significant damage.  Meeting Street is closed except for emergency operations to include Navy, Coast Guard and County Emergency operations. The City will review the status of the Meeting Street boat ramp with the Department of Natural Resources to see if can be opened for further recovery efforts.  

 

Electric Service
The City has spoken to representatives from GA Power, and we have been advised that 7000 are currently without electric in the County due to the extensive damage in our area.  Power will be restored on an incremental basis, and they hope to have power  to the majority of households by Saturday evening.  As of 09:45 am, OREMC has 1749 without electric in our area and has crews out to restore power to their areas. 

 

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Press Release


Posted 9/13/2017

6:30 p.m. Update
: Power to 405,000 Georgia Power customers restored following Hurricane Irma

Service to nearly 1 million Georgia Power customers impacted at height of storm; 545,000 customers currently without power throughout Georgia Company assessing damage and will post conditions on hardest hit areas, estimated restoration times within 24 hours

 
ATLANTA – Sept. 12, 2017 – Electric service to nearly 1 million Georgia Power customers was impacted at the height of Hurricane Irma and, 24 hours later, Georgia Power has restored power to more than 405,000 customers across the state. As of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, approximately 545,000 customers are without power across Georgia. While the company is working around the clock, customers should plan ahead for the potential for extended outages, possibly days or weeks, due to the vast damage from the storm. Regional and statewide restoration estimates will be available as soon as assessment is completed.

 

Damage assessment following widespread destruction from Hurricane Irma is in progress throughout Georgia and must be completed as an essential step to efficiently and effectively allocate resources.  During assessment and restoration, Georgia Power must wait until conditions are safe for crews to begin power restoration and additional heavy rain or high winds may impact efforts. Additional challenges faced following the storm include downed trees, blocked roads and bridges that must be inspected by the state following flooding.

 

Restoration progress since the beginning of the storm has been largely possible thanks to Georgia’s advanced electric grid, which allows the company to reroute and restore power even when weather conditions prevent work in the field, as well as early work of crews. All of Georgia Power’s teams are in the field today working to assess damage and restore power.

 

Damage Update – As of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday  

 

  • There      are approximately 405,000 Georgia Power customers currently without power.     

 

  • More      than 9,800 cases of individual damage or trouble (including      broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.
  • Damage      and outages are widespread and across the state      with the hurricane impacting service to customers around Savannah, Columbus, Metro Atlanta and beyond.

 

 The company encourages customers to keep safety first following Hurricane Irma: 

 

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be      hidden by debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines      – it can kill.
  • Don’t step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be      present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a      downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
  • Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If      driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of      the road – it’s the law in Georgia.

 

Teams in the Field

 

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. While the company has contacted and requested aid through the mutual assistance network, resources have been assigned to harder-hit areas in Florida first before travelling to Georgia. 

 

Georgia Power monitored the path of Hurricane Irma for more than a week prior to the storm entering Georgia.  To complete restoration as quickly and safely as possible, the company has mobilized approximately, 6,000 personnel from Georgia Power, other Southern Company operating companies and assisting utilities.  All of Georgia Power’s resources are being held and dedicated to storm restoration efforts in the state following Hurricane Irma and the company continues to work to procure additional resources as they become available.

 

Tools You Can Use

 

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.  
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

 

Georgia Power Family Services

 

To help its employees focus on safely restoring power for customers and relieve concerns about their own families, Georgia Power has also activated its Family Services volunteers, who are preparing to deploy to areas impacted by Hurricane Irma in anticipation of employee assistance requests. Family Services is supported by employee volunteers who are not involved with storm restoration.

 

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).


Posted 9/12/2017

A voluntary evacuation remains in place for the City of St. Marys.  Due to strained systems, including water and sewer, we ask that residents do not return home at this time.  Crews are continuing to work on restoring power, as well as clearing roadways.  Initial damage inspections are also being done. 

City offices will remain closed on Wednesday and Thursday.  Though offices will be closed, City staff will be working diligently to restore services and start the clean-up efforts. 

The City remains under a curfew from 8pm-6am.

If you have any questions or need up-to-date information, please go to the Camden County EMA facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/camdencountyema or call the 24/7 hotline at 1-866-868-4351.


Posted 9/12/2017

This is a message from the Camden County Emergency Management Agency. As a community, we have experienced widespread, significant impacts to our homes, businesses, and infrastructure from Hurricane Irma. Camden County is still in a local state of emergency with a voluntary evacuation in place. There is a curfew in Camden County from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. until further notice.

The county and cities still have challenges with electricity, water, and sewer. Currently, there are nearly 14,000 households without electricity in Camden County. In Kingsland, only 43 of 70 sewage lift stations are operational. In St. Marys, only 35 of 75 sewage lift stations are currently functioning.

We are continuing to assess restoration of critical services and will lift the State of Emergency when conditions allow. We appreciate that Governor Deal recognizes that each county must make its own decision about lifting evacuation orders and at this time we would like to reinforce that we are still in a voluntary evacuation. Additional restrictions may be imposed by local cities as determined necessary following the lifting of our voluntary evacuation and State of Emergency.

We remain in Phase 1 of the Camden County Unified Re-Entry Plan, which only allows for re-entry of public safety and public works personnel. Any changes in re-entry phase may be found at www.camdencountyga.gov.


Posted 9/12/2017

The City of the St. Marys does have functioning water and sewer, although they are at maximum capacity. Please limit sewer use. Georgia Power is working to restore electricity.

The City of St. Marys and Camden County is still under a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the interest of public safety.


Posted 9/11/2017

The City of St. Marys is issuing a mandatory curfew from 8pm to 6am.  For more information, pleae call the 24/7 hotline at 1-866-868-4351.


Posted 9/11/2017

Hurricane Irma Update

St. Marys, GA., (September 11, 2017)- The City of St. Marys is currently still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma, including strong winds and heavy rain. All citizens are encouraged to stay inside and not drive due to dangers, including downed power lines, trees and flooding roadways.

 St. Marys water and sewer facilities are in distress and running at maximum capacity. Emergency personnel are working to restore services as quickly and safely as possible. Citizens are reminded that the mandatory evacuation is still in effect and should not return home. Further information regarding the lifting of the mandatory evacuation will be determined at a later time. For further information please continue to check www.stmarysga.gov and www.co.camden.ga.us.

Press Release


Posted 9/11/2017

Hurricane Irma enters Georgia, 180,000+ customers already without power

Extensive damage and extended power outages expected to continue over next 24 hours due to high winds and fallen trees

ATLANTA – Sept. 11, 2017 – Hurricane Irma arrived in Georgia overnight and is
already impacting service to Georgia Power customers. The company is prepared
to respond with approximately 3,400 personnel from the company, other Southern
Company operating companies and assisting utilities identified and ready to
restore power as quickly and safely as possible following the storm. All of
Georgia Power’s resources are being held and dedicated to storm restoration
efforts in the state following Hurricane Irma.

Georgia Power expects widespread, extensive damage due to high winds, heavy
rain and fallen trees as a result of Hurricane Irma. Once the storm leaves
affected areas, the company must wait until conditions are safe for damage
assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process, followed
by repair crews, which could take several days, if not weeks, depending on the
amount of damage and safe access to the area. As weather conditions improve,
restoration efforts will accelerate, but it could take an extended period of
time for all customers to be restored.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources
available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple
electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide.
Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network
consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is
able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia
customers following a storm. While the company has contacted and requested aid
through the mutual assistance network, resources have been assigned to
harder-hit areas in Florida first before travelling to Georgia.

Damage Update

*   As of 8 a.m. Monday, there are more than 180,000 customers
without power in Georgia and more than 1,500 individual cases of damage
(including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.

*   Damage and outages are primarily concentrated in Central,
South and Coastal Georgia.

Tools You Can Use

•        Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the
free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications
and updates via text message.

•        Outage & Storm Center –
Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm,<https://georgiapower.com/in-your-community/storm-center/home.cshtml?cid=homebanner_2017-Sep_Residential-A>
customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check
the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers
can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting
Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

•        Outage Map – Housed within the
Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near
real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across
the state and track estimated restoration times.

•        Georgia Power Mobile App – Download
the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple<https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/georgia-power/id905338462?mt=8>
and Android<https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.GPC.OCCMobile&hl=en>
devices to access storm and outage information on the go.

•        @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow
@GeorgiaPower on Twitter<https://twitter.com/georgiapower>
for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

After the Storm Safety Tips

*   Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by
debris or fallen trees.

*   Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree
branches from power lines – it can kill.

*   Don’t step in standing water or saturated ground where
downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.

 *   Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a
downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.

Georgia Power Power Plants

Georgia Power’s electric generating plants remain operational to serve
customers, even during severe weather. Power plants, including coal, natural
gas and nuclear plants, are built to be robust and highly secure and
incorporate multiple layers of protection including structural strength, highly
trained operators and security forces, and proven emergency plans. Safety
systems at U.S. nuclear plants, including Georgia’s Plants Vogtle and Hatch,
are designed to withstand significant hazard events, including hurricane force
winds and flooding. Read more here<https://southerncompany.mediaroom.com/2017-09-08-Georgia-Power-generation-facilities-prepared-for-Hurricane-Irma>.

Georgia Power Family Services

To help its employees focus on safely restoring power for customers and relieve
concerns about their own families, Georgia Power has also activated its Family
Services volunteers, who are preparing to deploy to areas impacted by Hurricane
Irma in anticipation of employee assistance requests. Family Services is
supported by employee volunteers who are not involved with storm restoration.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE:
SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and
Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million
customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering
clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average,
Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes
nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar,
hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service
to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D.
Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more
information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com<http://www.georgiapower.com/> and
connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower<http://facebook.com/GeorgiaPower>),
Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower<http://twitter.com/GeorgiaPower>)
and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power<https://www.instagram.com/ga_power/>).


Posted 9/10/2017

There is flooding in downtown St. Marys, specifically on St. Marys Street, Ready Street, and Stable Alley.

Vehicle traffic is causing wakes that can go into homes and businesses.  You are urged to stay out of this area.


Posted 9/10/2017

All maritime facilities along the St. Marys River, to include City owned docks, ramps, etc. have been closed in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.

City offices remain closed until Wednesday, September 13th. 


Posted 9/10/2017

Preparation before the storm key to minimizing damage from Hurricane Irma

Georgia Power offers tips to prepare in the final hours before tropical storm conditions reach Georgia

ATLANTA – Sept. 10, 2017 – With tropical storm weather conditions expected across Georgia in the coming days, Georgia Power encourages customers to take proactive steps before severe weather strikes to ensure they are prepared to stay safe and minimize damage. The company has mobilized restoration teams and is prepared to respond to Hurricane Irma as quickly and safely as possible with additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers.

Tips from Georgia Power to prepare before the storm:

 - Note the location of power lines and poles. This makes it easier to know where down power lines may be possible following the storm. Also, ensure that curbsides and yards are clear to allow quick repair and restoration following the storm.

 - Protect electronics and appliances. Turn off air conditioners since power surges can overload them, unplug all electronics such as DVD players, televisions and computers, and move any appliances or electronics that may be located in flood-prone areas of your home.

 - Secure any outdoor items that could be moved by high winds and cause damage. Move patio furniture inside where possible.

 - Charge all necessary electronics, including cell phones and tablets, so you can stay connected even if the power is out. Know how to adjust the settings on mobile devices to maximize battery life.

 - Build or check your emergency supply kit. Consider providing an additional emergency supply kit for elderly family members or friends who may not have one.

 Tools You Can Use

- Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.

 - Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm,<https://georgiapower.com/in-your-community/storm-center/home.cshtml?cid=homebanner_2017-Sep_Residential-A> customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

- Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.

- Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple<https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/georgia-power/id905338462?mt=8> and Android<https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.GPC.OCCMobile&hl=en> devices to access storm and outage information on the go.

- @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter<https://twitter.com/georgiapower> for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

Georgia Power’s electric generating plants are also prepared for Hurricane Irma. Power plants, including coal, natural gas and nuclear plants, are built to be robust and highly secure and incorporate multiple layers of protection including structural strength, highly trained operators and security forces, and proven emergency plans. Safety systems at U.S. nuclear plants, including Georgia’s Plants Vogtle and Hatch, are designed to withstand significant hazard events, including hurricane force winds and flooding. Read more here<https://southerncompany.mediaroom.com/2017-09-08-Georgia-Power-generation-facilities-prepared-for-Hurricane-Irma>.

The Mutual Assistance Network

Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country. As part of this partnership, Georgia Power line crews provide assistance to other utilities when service to their customers is interrupted due to severe weather and have travelled as far away as New York to assist with restoration following Superstorm Sandy and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Georgia Power is also able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power quickly to Georgia customers. The company is holding all Georgia Power resources in Georgia in advance of Hurricane Irma and is in touch with other mutual assistance network utilities to ensure coordination and access to additional resources if needed following the storm.

Just last year, Hurricane Matthew, one of the strongest, most destructive hurricanes to hit the Georgia coast in more than a century, broke or damaged approximately 1,000 power poles and more than 3,500 trees brought down nearly 120 miles of wire along the Georgia coast. Georgia Power restored power to more than 338,000 customers impacted by Hurricane Matthew quickly and safely by fully deploying company resources and leveraging the mutual assistance network in the week following the storm.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com<http://www.georgiapower.com/> and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower<http://facebook.com/GeorgiaPower>), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower<http://twitter.com/GeorgiaPower>) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power<https://www.instagram.com/ga_power/>).


Posted 9/9/2017

Stay safe and informed during Hurricane Irma with tools, resources from Georgia Power

Company prepared for storm response, encourages customers to plan ahead in advance of landfall

ATLANTA – Sept. 9, 2017 – With Hurricane Irma expected to make landfall in South Florida over the next 24 hours, Georgia Power continues to monitor the changing forecast and plan for all potential scenarios. The company has mobilized restoration teams and is prepared to respond to this storm as quickly and safely as possible with additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers.

Georgia Power encourages customers to stay safe and informed during Hurricane Irma by using a variety of free tools and resources available:

- Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.

- Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm,<https://georgiapower.com/in-your-community/storm-center/home.cshtml?cid=homebanner_2017-Sep_Residential-A> customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

- Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.

- Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple<https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/georgia-power/id905338462?mt=8> and Android<https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.GPC.OCCMobile&hl=en> devices to access storm and outage information on the go.

- @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter<https://twitter.com/georgiapower> for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

Georgia Power’s electric generating plants are also prepared for Hurricane Irma. Power plants, including coal, natural gas and nuclear plants, are built to be robust and highly secure and incorporate multiple layers of protection including structural strength, highly trained operators and security forces, and proven emergency plans. Safety systems at U.S. nuclear plants, including Georgia’s Plants Vogtle and Hatch, are designed to withstand significant hazard events, including hurricane force winds and flooding. Read more here<https://southerncompany.mediaroom.com/2017-09-08-Georgia-Power-generation-facilities-prepared-for-Hurricane-Irma>.

The Mutual Assistance Network
Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country. As part of this partnership, Georgia Power line crews provide assistance to other utilities when service to their customers is interrupted due to severe weather and have travelled as far away as New York to assist with restoration following Superstorm Sandy and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Georgia Power is also able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power quickly to Georgia customers. The company is holding all Georgia Power resources in Georgia in advance of Hurricane Irma and is in touch with other mutual assistance network utilities to ensure coordination and access to additional resources if needed following the storm.

Just last year, Hurricane Matthew, one of the strongest, most destructive hurricanes to hit the Georgia coast in more than a century, broke or damaged approximately 1,000 power poles and more than 3,500 trees brought down nearly 120 miles of wire along the Georgia coast. Georgia Power restored power to more than 338,000 customers impacted by Hurricane Matthew quickly and safely by fully deploying company resources and leveraging the mutual assistance network in the week following the storm.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com<http://www.georgiapower.com/> and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower<http://facebook.com/GeorgiaPower>), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower<http://twitter.com/GeorgiaPower>) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power<https://www.instagram.com/ga_power/>).

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Posted 9/9/2017

The City of St. Marys no longer has sandbags available.

For up-to-date information on the storm, please visit the Camden County EMA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/camdencountyema or by calling the 24/7 Hotline at 1-888-868-4351.


Posted 9/8/2017

Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Launches New 24/7 Hotline

1-866-868-4351

The Camden County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new information hotline. Residents may call 1-866-868-4351 toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get answers to frequently asked questions about Hurricane Irma. Bilingual operators are available to help both English and Spanish speakers utilize this new service during this event.

“We are really excited about this hotline,” said EMA Director Mark Crews. “Citizens from all across the county can call the Camden County Emergency Management Line and get information regardless of the storm conditions here in Camden County. Hurricane Irma will not prevent residents from getting answers to their storm-related questions.”

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Hurricane Irma will bring heavy rainfall and potential tornadoes to the Southeastern Region of the State of Georgia. Please continue to monitor the progress of the hurricane through the US National Weather Service Jacksonville Florida and the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center.


Posted 9/8/2017

Georgia Tourism Hurricane Irma Response Update

Irma.Georgia.org:  Georgia Tourism went live on Tuesday with Irma.Georgia.org, a website aggregating useful Hurricane Irma information for our visitors, evacuees and residents. While there is no real-time solution for providing up-to-date hotel availabilities, the website includes a listing of properties statewide and we are constantly updating whether the hotels have rooms, accept pets or are sold out. A special thanks goes out to our partner DMOs, our colleagues in International Trade and our Visitor Information Center staff and Tourism Project Managers for assisting with entering availability information in the shared database.
 
Visitor Information Centers: Georgia’s Visitor Information Centers (VIC) have welcomed more than 38,000 visitors and evacuees in the last 48 hours. Per the Department of Transportation, restrooms and vending machines will be available 24 hours per day until further notice at our Tallapoosa and Ringgold VICs. Our Port Wentworth and St. Marys VICs will also be open throughout the evening tonight but will close at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow and will not open again until the evacuation orders have been lifted. We recognize and thank our VIC staff members for their continued dedication and tireless hospitality.
 
Governor’s Tourism Conference:  For the safety and well being of all participants, the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference has been rescheduled from Sept. 10 – 13 to Mon., Oct. 30 – Thurs., Nov. 2 on Jekyll Island. All four host hotels are going to transfer the GTC group’s reservations to the new dates; registrants don’t have to do anything for your info to be transferred. If you have a conflict, however, and need to cancel, you will be able to cancel your hotel and your registration fees will be refunded. Given the evacuation orders for the Coast, please don't call the hotels at this time; there will be time to address all changes once the storm has passed. A special thanks goes to the Jekyll Island Convention Center, Westin Jekyll Island, Jekyll Island Club Resort, Jekyll Island Holiday Inn Resort, Hampton Inn & Suites - Jekyll Island, all of the conference vendors and suppliers for working to reschedule GTC so efficiently. We also extend a huge thank you to Julie Ford Musselman for her diligent work in making this all happen under these circumstances. 


Posted 9/8/2017

ST. MARYS, Ga., (September 8, 2017) - Sandbags are now available at the St. Marys Public Works Facility, 819 Point Peter Rd starting September 8, 2017 until 3:30 pm and on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Residents must bring their own shovels, and are allowed to take 25 bags per household per 24-hour period.  Citizens are responsible for filling their own sandbags.  Limited quantities will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

All maritime facilities along the St. Marys River, to include City owned docks, ramps, etc. will be closed for access effective Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.

Press Release


Posted 9/7/2017

Camden County Announces Voluntary Evacuation

WOODBINE,GEORGIA– September 7, 2017 – The Camden County Board of Commissioners, along with the cities of Kingsland, St. Marys, and Woodbine, joined with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Camden County Schools, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay to call for a voluntary evacuation for the citizens of Camden County. This voluntary evacuation is effective immediately. Impacts from Hurricane Irma are expected to be felt in Camden County beginning today, September 7, 2017. As the storm gets closer to our area, impacts will continue to amplify. Damaging winds, heavy rain, and flooding are likely. Life threatening storm surge is possible with large destructive surf. These weather conditions are likely to cause downed trees and power outages that could last for several days.

Although we are implementing a voluntary evacuation at this time, you can expect a mandatory evacuation to be undertaken as conditions warrant. Residents should be aware that there are no approved shelters in Camden County due to the potential for flooding. All residents should use caution to heavy congestion on our roadways as a result of other evacuations occurring south of us. Evacuation routes will posted on the homepage of the Camden County website.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Hurricane Irma will be dangerously close to the Southeastern Region of the State of Georgia. Please continue to monitor the progress of the hurricane through the  National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center. Regular updates will also be posted to our Facebook pages for Camden County Government and Camden County EMA. Please sign up for  CodeRED to receive emergency notifications or call the Camden County Information line at 912-576-3800.

About Camden County: Located in the extreme southeast corner of Georgia, Camden County truly is “Georgia’s Coastal Community of Choice.” Originally formed in 1777, Camden County is best known for its rich history, natural scenic beauty and Southern hospitality. Our vision is helping to make this the best place to live by preserving and enhancing the history and quality of life, while promoting smart growth and providing an efficient, effective and responsive government.

Voluntary Evacuation Notice