Edisto Beach: Battening down the hatches in preparation of Irma

by | September 10, 2017 11:57 am



Greenville resident, Greg Pickett has owned his second home on Edisto Beach for seven years. For the past three of those years, he along with other home owners on the beach, have braced for storms directly impacting Edisto.

Friday afternoon, Picket along with his son and a family friend, were boarding up their Palmetto Boulevard home.

“Edisto is such a wonderful place,” said Pickett. “You come down here and forget about everything. I feel really badly when these events happen. The people here at Edisto have worked really hard to get back to where they were before Matthew. I can’t imagine facing another storm – in less than a year. I am hopeful we’ll be spared this time. I hate it for the people in Florida and Georgia – but I feel like three years in a row for us is quite a bit.

This time around Pickett isn’t going to be caught unaware.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t prepare for Matthew, so we aren’t taking Irma so lightly,” he said. “We are thinking if we get about the same surge, these precautions will help alleviate the water in the lower level of the house. If we had done something like this during Matthew, we might have had less damage. It was a lot of sand. That is why we’ve reinforced the garage with the 2X12’s. If it happens like it did with Matthew, we feel like we have a chance. If it comes right over the top – well then, not so much.”

“I’m hopeful it will be no worse than with Matthew,” said Pickett.  “With the nourishment of the beach, I am certain we’ll be better off with this one.”

WJ’S PLACE. As one of the older homes located on the front beach of Edisto, WJ’s Place was boarded up with the same plywood that helped protect it during the last three storms. Photo by Cindy Crosby

Also boarding up on Friday afternoon was the owner of WJ’s Place, one of the older homes located on the front beach of Edisto. “We are hoping it stays away from Edisto,” he said. “My old house probably couldn’t survive anything like Irma.”

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