Hurricane Dorian Press Releases

Evacuation Order Lifted for Dorchester County

Post Date:09/06/2019 11:46 AM

Dorchester County moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 2 at 8:00 AM today, Friday, September 6 as crews work to remove debris on roadways, restore power and commence damage assessments.

Governor Henry McMaster has lifted evacuation orders for residents in all evacuated counties, effective immediately. Returning residents are encouraged to exercise patience and expect lengthy travel times, blocked roadways, or detours back to evacuated areas and are asked not to drive around barricades or use emergency lanes that are needed for first responders.

The pet-friendly shelter at Dubose Middle School has been closed.

Convenience Sites

All Dorchester County Convenience Sites will be open from noon to 6:00 PM on Friday, September 6.

Vegetative Debris will be accepted at the Miles Jamison and Sandy Pines sites. Vegetative Debris must be loose or in brown bags. Plastic bags will not be accepted.

Contractor debris will not be accepted. Residents should be able to provide a state-issued or Military ID if asked. 

The debris removal plan will be activated later today, Friday, September 6 and that information will be forthcoming.

Reporting Structural Damage

Dorchester County asks residents and business owners to complete the online reporting form to report residential and commercial structure damage as a result of Hurricane Dorian. A residential structure is defined as living quarters, occupied outbuildings and/or attached garages.

Tree Removal

In an effort to expedite the tree permit process for residents who have damaged/leaning trees as a result of Hurricane Dorian the below temporary changes have been made to the tree removal permit process.

Tree removal permits applications and/or a brief description of the damage/reason for the tree removal request and photographs of the tree in relation to any/all structures can be submitted via email to

Upon receipt the application and supporting documentation review process will be expedited and the permit will be sent to the requesting resident via email.

The temporary change for expedited review will remain in effect until  Friday, March 13, 2020.

Tree removal applications may also be submitted in person to the Dorchester County Planning & Zoning Department located in the Human Services Building at 500 N. Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483.

Should you have any questions please contact the Planning & Zoning Department.

Road Closures

Highway 178, Highway 27, Highway 15, Highway 165, Central Avenue, Orangeburg Road, Dorchester Road and 17-A have been cleared.

Highway 78 has been cleared with the exception of the block between N. Pine St. and Laurel St. in Summerville which is currently closed due to a downed tree with power lines.

Highway 61 has been cleared from the Colleton County line to Highway 165. Utilities are removing/replacing power lines on Highway 61 between Highway 165 through the plantation district to the Charleston County line. When the power lines have been removed, crews will begin debris removal on that portion of Highway 61.

Dorchester County Public Works has reopened over 30 roads and will continue to address debris in the roadways until 7:00 PM tonight, Friday, September 6.

Old Trolley Road remains closed between Midland Parkway and Springview Lane due to down power lines. All roads in the Town of Summerville have been cleared, with the exception of downed trees with power lines. Dorchester County is working with the utility providers to address downed trees and power lines.

Residents are asked to report road closures to the Citizens Call Center at (843) 832-0393 or (843) 563-0393.

Power Outages

Power Outages should be reported directly to the utility provider. Residents should not call 9-1-1, the Citizens Call Center or the Emergency Operations Center to report power outages.

Total Reported Power Outages in Dorchester County: 10,797

  • Dominion Energy – 9,676
  • Berkeley Electric – 1,116
  • Edisto Electric – 5
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