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Edisto Beach open for business; Gov. McMaster to survey damage

Gov. McMaster stands with SCDOT officials on Edisto Beach. (Caroline Balchunas / WCIV)

* Update: Edisto Beach roads expected to fully reopen by weekend, Gov. McMaster praises recovery efforts (CLICK HERE FOR MORE)
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Those wanting to see the impact Tropical Storm Irma had on Edisto Beach will now have the opportunity. The Edisto Beach Police Department announced Thursday the curfew was lifted and the town is open to residents and visitors. LIVE UPDATE w/ Gov. McMaster @ 2:45 p.m. - WATCH HERE

However, there is still a boil water advisory in place and everyone is urged to stay out or the water due to rip currents and the potential for storm debris.

Work to clear Palmetto Boulevard of sand and debris continues, and those who live in that area have been asked to access their homes via side streets to avoid SCDOT work. Palmetto Boulevard remained covered in several feet of sand Thursday morning. Bulldozers began moving the sand back to the beach, a process that could take four to seven days, according to SCDOT officials.

But sand isn't the only problem.

“Right now we still have some areas that are totally underwater,” Edisto Beach Mayor Jane Darby said.

VIDEO: Dramatic rescue on Edisto Beach

Several homes and businesses remained without power on Thursday morning, though much of the island did have power back. Island officials say Irma washed away most of the sand brought in to rebuild the beaches and dunes that were washed away by Hurricane Mathew last year. That nourishment project cost $17 million.

Governor Henry McMaster is set to survey the damage from Tropical Storm Irma on the island later today. The governor ordered an evacuation for Edisto Beach and eight other barrier islands in South Carolina ahead of Irma. WATCH LIVE HERE @ 2:45 p.m.

Below is an update on island businesses provided by the Edisto Beach Police Department.

OPENING TODAY

BiLo (have dry goods, perishables are being delivered all day).

Subway

Whaley's

Sea Cow

Pressley's

Dockside Bar (4:00 p.m.)

OPENING FRIDAY

McConkey's

Dockside Grill (11:00 a.m.)

OPENING SATURDAY

Waterfront (lunch and dinner)

Edisto Seafood (10:00 a.m.)

** Waiting to hear from Finn's, Ella & Oliie's and LaRetta's

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