UPDATE -- Phase III and IV will begin at the same time. That means no documents will be required to re-enter, according to Chatham EMA.


Chatham County residents, property owners and business owners may return home beginning Sunday night, according to the CEMA website and county chairman Al Scott.

Phase III is set to begin at 5 p.m., however county EMA encourages residents to wait until Monday morning as those returning will be unable to travel around the county due to damage. The new curfew will be from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

In Phase III, people returning home should expect to show public safety officials a valid state-issued ID or some type of document showing residency.

Other documentation that can be used instead of a driver’s license or state ID with an address in the affected area includes: a property deed, a recent utility bill verifying your address, a current voter registration card, a recent property tax statement, a business credential, or a pay stub from a local business.

In a 10 a.m. news conference, EMA officials made it clear most homes will be without power and other utilities and that residents should reenter to assess damage.

They also cautioned those driving this evening to do so slowly and cautiously as there is abundant debris and downed power lines.

Tybee mayor Jason Buelterman also said the island has unique issues and cannot confirm re-entry will begin Sunday at 5 p.m. for those in Tybee. It is to be determined.

Chairman Al Scott also said they received word from the Governor's office that crews will begin reopening I-16 Eastbound from Dublin and it is expected to take several hours. As of noon, I-16 eastbound has NOT been reopened.

The CEMA asks those with re-entry issues to call (912) 644-8811.