As Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida and potentially Bryan County, area agencies and offices are taking pre-emptive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees and residents.
Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 30 counties, including Bryan, and issued a mandatory evacuation notice for everyone east of I-95 beginning Saturday. Contra-flow on I-16 with all lanes open westbound also starts Saturday.
Richmond Hill City Hall will be closed Friday, Monday and Tuesday, according to City Clerk Dawnne Greene. Officials will evaluate conditions on Wednesday as to when it will reopen.
The city will have regular trash collection on Friday, but that will be suspended Monday until further notice depending on when the evacuation order is lifted and residents are allowed re-entry.
Bryan County offices in Pembroke and Richmond Hill will be open Friday with limited public services, but closed Monday and Tuesday, according to Commissioners Chairman Carter Infinger.
The county’s trash pickup will also be conducted Friday, but then suspended until further notice.
As announced earlier, Bryan County Schools will be closed until Tuesday, and all extracurricular activities until then have been cancelled.
Pembroke City Hall will be open Friday, but closed Monday and Tuesday. Bill Collins, the city’s public safety director, said Mayor Judy Cook would most likely make a decision Friday morning about issuing either a voluntary or mandatory evacuation notice once officials there review the forecast again.
The Richmond Hill Public Library will be closed until at least Tuesday, and the Friends of the Library book sale scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. The Richmond Hill YMCA also is closed through Tuesday.
The United Way kick-off scheduled for Sept. 14 has been postponed until further notice, and 9/11 ceremonies planned by Bryan County Emergency Services and the Richmond Hill Fire Department have been cancelled.