Special Report on NC/SC AICW Conditions by Tom Hale
Our sincerest thanks to Tom Hale for sharing this detailed look at Waterway conditions following Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina.
Sept. 17, 2018
As previously suggested and as hoped, the Northern part of the ICW between Norfolk and Beaufort NC is partially operational. Some facilities are fully up and running. Some facilities are damaged but running. Some facilities are closed. However the ICW seems passable with dockage, fuel and water available in places between Norfolk and Beaufort, NC. Those facilities which are open for business are anxious to have cruisers come through. But be aware that many homes and businesses are flooded and already damaged. Be even more careful about your wake, as in flooding conditions your wake is hitting homes and yards. The ICW south of Georgetown SC is operating normally.
But that 125 miles between Beaufort, NC and New River (Myrtle Beach) is still flooding, is lacking electrical power and phone lines, and is several days away from being able to fully report, and weeks or months from being back to normal water levels.
- Great Bridge bridge and lock are fully operational.
- According to USACE Norfolk District Dismal Swamp Canal is open and the locks and bridges are operating on a normal schedule.
- All is OK at Coinjock. Over 20 boats have left and headed to Hatteras, Wanchese, Beaufort and points south! They have not heard of any reported problems in any of the canals and creeks to Beaufort NC.
- Alligator River Swing Bridge is operational.
- Dowry Creek has power to the office and heads, still working on the dock power. The water is below the docks but is still up 2.5 feet. USCG has been through Alligator Pungo Canal to check ATONs. There are damaged ATONs.
- Wilkerson Bridge now at about 60.5 feet
- River Forrest Marina has no fuel but is taking reservations. Transient space is limited to smaller vessels. Grocery store is open, downtown restaurants are “drying out” after 4’ of flood water. Main streets are dry this morning, but only just barely. Many parts of town are still flooded. .
- 9/17 A tug and barge headed north in AP canal this morning, so commercial traffic is resuming.
- Hobucken USCG has covered about 20% of their territory. So far AP canal to G7 in Adams creek has been checked. ICW has damaged ATONs.
- Jarrett Bay is closed. No Power. Area is devastated. 2 USCG boats went north bound in Adams Creek this morning 9/17.
- Homer Smith Docks had no damage. Still has no power but is taking transients. They report that boats are moving up and down the Beaufort waterways with no trouble.
- Morehead City Marina is not answering their phone.
- Beaufort City Docks are operational. No Power as of noon 9/17. A generator is wired to the fuel pumps, so fuel is available. 2 x 100’ yachts are inbound from Coinjock today.
- Onslow Beach Bridge phone not working 9/17
- Surf City Bridge phone not working 9/17
- Figure 8 Bridge phone not working 9/17
- Wrightsville beach bridge 910.256.2886 not answering 9/17/18
- Southport NC: All the marinas were spared major damage. There is still no electrical power in the area. The city potable water system has had several major breaks and it is unclear how long it will take to get the water flowing again. All of the roads leading into Southport are washed out and flooded. At this time there is no vehicular access to Southport. The Cape Fear river is expected to crest later this week. There will be significant debris washing though.
- Myrtle Beach YC is fully operational with power and water. Center console boats are running in the ICW
- Wrightsville Beach Bridge not answering 9/17/18
- All bridges in Horry County SC (Myrtle Beach area) are operational! Socastee Swing Bridge, Barefoot Landing and Little River Swing Bridge. Flood waters are still rising inland and it is entirely possible that the bridges will be non-operational at some point as the rivers crest. The 65’ bridges aren’t! Water still high and rising. After Matthew it took weeks for the water to get back to normal levels.
- Myrtle Beach YC is fully operational. Center console boats are running in the ICW
- Osprey Marina reports that they survived with no damage. The Waccamaw crest is expected Thursday . It could be worse than Mathew. Expect floods and a slow speed zone through Socastee. The 65 foot bridges in Socastee are far less than 65′ right now.
- Port of Georgetown is open. Marinas are open and selling fuel.
- McClellanville, Leland Oil open reports USCG has checked channel. They have not heard of any problems.
- Isle of Palms Marina is fully operational and taking transients. No word yet on the condition of ICW to Georgetown. No boat traffic in ICW except center consoles and work boats.
- Ben Sawyer Bridge is now operational and back on normal schedule.
- Port of Charleston Open. Charleston Marina is taking transients.