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Hurricane Matthew Coastal Recovery and Requirements

Emergency Orders for Sandbags, Sand Scraping and Minor Renourishment

DHEC has issued blanket emergency orders to local governments to allow property owners along the immediate beachfront to conduct minor renourishment, sand scraping or install sandbags to provide temporary protection to beachfront structures from wave uprush. These orders are effective 30 days from the date of signature. If after that time, a structure is still considered in imminent danger, property owners may request an individual emergency order from the Department to extend the time for protection. DHEC has also issued an emergency order for marine debris removal to allow the general public to remove boats and debris from the critical area(s) of the state using all best practices and measures. 

Emergency Orders for Sandbags, Sand Scraping and Minor Renourishment DHEC has issued blanket emergency orders to local governments to allow property owners along the immediate beachfront to conduct minor renourishment, sand scraping or install sandbags to provide temporary protection to beachfront structures from wave uprush. These orders are effective 30 days from the date of signature. If after that time, a structure is still considered in imminent danger, property owners may request an individual emergency order from the Department to extend the time for protection. DHEC has also issued an emergency order for marine debris removal to allow the general public to remove boats and debris from the critical area(s) of the state using all best practices and measures. 

County-Wide Emergency Orders:

Report Erosion and Damage

Local governments and citizens along the coast should continue to provide updates on beachfront erosion and damage through DHEC’s MyCoast application at https://mycoast.org/sc.  

Post-Storm Recovery

Permitting priorities for DHEC-OCRM after Hurricane Matthew will focus on repair and maintenance of existing structures impacted by the event. Depending on the severity of damage to our coastal communities, issuance of permits for non-essential alteration to the critical areas may experience process delays. We appreciate your patience during this time. Structures located within the state’s critical area jurisdictions that were impacted by Hurricane Matthew may require various authorizations by DHEC-OCRM prior to repair or reconstruction. 

Emergency General Permits

Notice of availability

Emergency General Permit (EGP) applications may be submitted to ocrmcriticalareaegp@dhec.sc.gov

Authorization beyond the scope of the Emergency General Permit(s) may depend on DHEC-OCRM’s assessment of the extent of damage to a structure. Additional resources on authorizations for repair or maintenance will be posted to this site as assessment information is collected. DHEC has established a Coastal Permitting Line (803-898-4775) to address questions regarding repairs and maintenance for structures in the critical areas of SC following Hurricane Matthew. Specific issues or questions for DHEC staff may be directed to this line. Other information regarding Hurricane Matthew should be directed to the state’s emergency helpline at 866-246-0133.