Snow Storm Impacts Dunes West

The current snow storm continues to impact Dunes West, with current snow estimates exceeding three inches, with a couple hours of snowfall left to go.  Like most of South Carolina, the Dunes West Property Owners Association does not have resources to clear snow from our streets.  Basically, we will have to wait until temperatures rise enough to melt the snow/ice naturally.  Accordingly, all cautions by state and local authorities to please stay home if at all possible, and not drive anywhere, are especially meaningful here.  In addition, the Town of Mount Pleasant advises that trash collection is cancelled for the rest of this week.


Additional information on this will be provided as soon as it is available.  


As a separate matter, the upgrade to the gate software continues.  We switched today to the new system for entry at the resident’s lanes, the method used by more than 9,000 vehicles with barcodes.  In the next few days we will be sending out instructions on new methods for entering visitor passes, including use of smartphones and texting.  All existing visitor passes are being transferred.  Stay tuned.

Latest NWS Alerts for Charleston and coastal vicinity

Dunes West EOT continues to monitor the storm and current conditions. Here is the latest alert from the Charleston National Weather Service…

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Charleston SC
1037 AM EDT Mon Sep 11 2017

Coastal Bryan-Coastal Chatham-Coastal Liberty-Coastal McIntosh-
Beaufort-Coastal Colleton-Charleston-Coastal Jasper-
Tidal Berkeley-
1037 AM EDT Mon Sep 11 2017


Tide levels continue to rise along the coasts of southern South
Carolina and Georgia. Tides are expected to reach major flooding
levels across the area with inundation of up to 4 to 6 feet likely
to occur for areas near the coast. A Storm Surge Warning remains
in effect. Significant impacts can be expected as high tide
approaches, including portions of the Savannah and Charleston
Metro areas. Heavy rain will also enhance the risk for coastal
flooding through early afternoon. This is a serious situation. Do
not venture to the beach and remain clear of areas near the coast
including areas that typically flood during high tide.


Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards or the Internet for
the latest information from the National Weather Service.

Dunes West Resident Input of Potential Surge, Tidal, & Flood Impacts

The Dunes West Emergency Operations Team has met daily to enact actions from our community’s emergency plan. At this time, we have completed all necessary pre-landfall preparations from the plan.

Given the current expected path of Hurricane Irma, our attention shifts to impacts within our community from storm surge, high tides, and any flooding of our roadways, etc. We have created an email to allow Dunes West residents to report observations as the storm progresses. Please report incidences of:

  • retention pond levels reaching or exceeding the top edge of the banks,
  • water levels covering the full width of a given street or roadway,
  • downed trees or debris, especially when these create a barrier to our roads, etc.

Report your observations to, and include your name and address, a description of the issue and its location, the date and time of your observation, and, if you have them, any photos you may have taken.

Please use the following format for the subject of your email report, “Irma: [issue][location]” – for example: “Irma: flooding on Ayers Plantation near Harbour entry”

Thank you, and be safe.

Dunes West POA Alert #3

Alert #3

Dunes West Continues Preparation for Hurricane Irma

Governor McMaster has indicated that, based on analysis of the most currently available information, there will be no mandatory evacuation ordered for Charleston County.  The threat remains for impacts from some level of storm surge/higher than normal tides, and high wind gusts, but not to the level requiring a mandatory evacuation at this time.  The governor emphasized that there is always a chance that the track of Irma could change, and that his decision is based on best currently available data.

Additional information will be promulgated as it becomes available.

Click here for National Hurricane Center Potential Storm Track


Dunes West POA Alert #2

Alert #2


Dunes West Continues Preparation for Hurricane Irma


Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a category 4 hurricane, and the National Hurricane Center has adjusted its projected course slightly westward.  Nonetheless, it remains a dangerous hurricane with the potential to impact our area with wind effects and storm surge.  Accordingly, residents are urged to continue with their storm preparations, such as securing anything that could become a wind-driven projectile, and preparing for evacuation if ordered.  In that regard, Governor McMaster stated that with the recent change in course of the storm, he was waiting to review the 5:00 p.m. update data before making a decision on his pending evacuation order.  The governor indicated that his decision will be announced at approximately 6:00 p.m. today, but the evacuation order would be implemented at 10:00 a.m., tomorrow (Saturday) if the order is given.   Residents are urged to continue to monitor local news sources, to include the Dunes West Emergency Operations Team (DWEOT) website, , for the latest information on Irma and the status of the pending evacuation order.


As of 2:00 p.m., Dunes West, as well as the rest of Charleston County, moved to OPCON Level 2.  This means that the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center is now fully operational.  All residents are urged to continue their personal hurricane and family communications plans, and especially become familiar with current evacuation routes/procedures, which can also be found on links on the DWEOT website,


The POA and its Emergency Operations Team are continuing to monitor the situation, and will provide updates as information becomes available.  As part of this, the POA is taking certain actions, in accordance with its Hurricane Plan, to safeguard POA assets and infrastructure.  This will include such things as test-running of backup generators and chain saws, turning off all pond fountains and bubblers, securing trash cans, etc.  We have also advised Pulte of those areas where unsecured building supplies need to be secured.  In addition, arrangements for contractor assistance, if needed, with road clearing/tree removal have been finalized.


Additional information will be promulgated as it becomes available.

Dunes West and Charleston County move to OPCON Level 2

In accordance with Charleston County Emergency Management, Dunes West POA and Emergency Operations has moved to OPCON 2. OPCON 2 indicates Disaster or emergency situation in effect. Maximum preparedness level. Full activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center.

Dunes West POA and ERT will provide more details as they become available.

Mandatory Evacuation to be issued – effective Saturday at 10:00 A.M.

SC Governor Henry McMaster will issue a mandatory evacuation order to be effective this Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in preparation for the likely effects of Hurricane Irma. Dunes West EOT advises residents to know your evacuation zones and routes. Major routes will include lane reversals so be prepared for restrictions on returning to the community until authorities open traffic to the area again.

Click here for an SCDOT interactive map

  • Charleston County, Dorchester District 2 and Berkeley County schools will be closed Friday through Tuesday
  • Dunes West and greater Mount Pleasant are Zone C (East of the Wando River)


Dunes West will move to OPCON Level 4 – at 12:00 PM Today

In accordance with Charleston County’s Emergency Management Division, Dunes West will move to OPCON Level 4 at Noon today. OPCON 4 means there is the possibility of an emergency or disaster situation that may require a partial or full activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center.

The Dunes West POA and Emergency Operations Team will continue to track the progress of the hurricane and keep you informed on anything specific to the Dunes West footprint.

Dunes West residents are advised to monitor their local/state agencies, begin to initiate planning, as well as check back to the Dunes West Emergency site for updates.

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