Storms damage Pointes West marina
There were three patrons in the area who were present, yet didn’t suffer any serious injuries. Nearly 50 boats were damaged.
Strong winds flipped parts of the marina and roofing that collided with docked boats. Boats were either upside down or submerged under water.
Through community mutual agreements, Columbia County emergency services responded to the incident and later relinquished their activity to Fort Gordon agencies on scene. The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation started notifying boat owners to access and retrieve their property once available after insurance claim procedures.
Agencies to include the Safety Office, Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Services, Environmental Protection Agency, and Directorate of Emergency Services collaborated to secure the scene and surrounding environment. Due to fuel spillage, a public safety notification was issued for the waterways surrounding the Pointes West marina.
Sea Tow Clarks Hill Lake personnel assisted with boat recovery operations through the week. Boat owners’ with boats in slips 1 – 51 and 100-110 were towed to a staging area to be decontaminated. Boat owners’ with boats in slips 52-99 were evaluated for their degree of damage.
Pointes West Army Resort continues to operate at a normal schedule while the marina remains closed to all water activities until further notice. Lodging and camping is still authorized. Canoe and Kayak rentals are available. The beach area will open to the public as schedule for the Memorial Day weekend.
Salvage and environmental cleanup operations are still ongoing. Questions should be referred to the Fort Gordon Marina Incident Help line at 1-877-310-5741.