Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ocean Lakes fares well from Tropical Storm Irma, clean up underway

We’ve fared well from Tropical Storm Irma. Lots of leaves and limbs scattered throughout the campground, but overall we are in good shape.

The recently completed beach renourishment was finished just in time to protect us from this storm.

“Thank God we got the renourishment when we did,” Lance Thompson, Ocean Lakes General Manager and Vice President, said while standing on the beach Tuesday morning. “It could have been a lot worse.”

There’s still some cleanup to do - mainly from downed leaves and limbs - and our team already has jumped on it. Our camper storage lots look good, no flooding or downed trees.


Our team has cleared outfall drainage pipes of sand the storm had pushed into them to get water flowing freely again. Lakes levels already are dropping, and the ponding around some of the lakes such as Sand Dollar Lake also is clearing.

Horry County Stormwater crews were on site first thing this morning ensuring that drains are clear.


Lots of leaves and limbs are scattered throughout the campground. 

If you collect debris at your site, please help us out and drop it off at the designated areas by the South Gate. This will help us get all the limbs and leaves out of here quickly.

Crews also will be out today cleaning sand from beach accesses.

“We weathered the storm quite well with just your standard storm debris, tree limbs,” Operations Manager Kevin McWhirter said.

Operations Manager Kevin McWhirter (left) talks with Lance Thompson, General Manager and Vice President, about clean-up efforts from Tropical Storm Irma on Tuesday morning.