Wet, Windy Weather Forecast Puts Cary’s Focus on Safety, Postpones and Cancels Some Events
All non-essential activities cancelled through weekend ahead of Hurricane Florence
- Cary Town Hall will close Thursday and Friday, and all non-emergency and non-essential Town of Cary activities are cancelled through Sunday.
- All solid waste services, garbage, recycling and yard waste collections will continue as scheduled through Thursday. In preparation for inclement weather, Thursday customers are asked to place carts at the curb Wednesday night as operations begin earlier than normal on Thursday.
- Citizens are encouraged to sign-up for ReadyWake! to stay informed of the latest evacuation and shelter information.
Cary, NC – Ahead of the anticipated impacts of Hurricane Florence, the Town of Cary is asking citizens to take time now to finalize preparations for inclement weather coming our way, including possible high winds and localized flooding. Staffing plans are in place for an around-the-clock response by the Town, and vehicles, generators, chainsaws, boats and other equipment are fueled, inspected, and tested. Mayor Harold Weinbrecht declared a State of Emergency within all areas within the jurisdictional limits of the Town of Cary and requested the application of Wake County’s State of Emergency Proclamation to the Town of Cary on September 12.
“The Cary Team is preparing in every conceivable way for the impacts of Hurricane Florence to our community, and I want to encourage every citizen to do the same for themselves, their neighbors, and their families,” said Cary Town Manager Sean R. Stegall. “With everyone’s combined efforts, we will persevere in the days to come.”
Crews will begin fighting the storm by cutting and pushing downed trees to the side of streets to ensure a passable road network. Many of our greenways may become blocked by downed trees and are in low, flood prone areas. The Town encourages residents to avoid using the greenways during and immediately after the storm. Motorists are reminded to treat non-working signalized intersections as four-way stops; report traffic signal outages and downed trees on Cary streets and sidewalks to the Town of Cary at (919) 469-4090. Remember trees may be tangled in live power lines, so do not attempt to move them on your own.
Cary has backup generators at its water treatment facilities ready to run for extended periods and is prepared to continue providing safe water. However, there is always a chance for a localized issue that could result in an outage in your area, so preparation is always important.
OPENINGS AND CLOSINGS
All non-emergency and non-essential activities, including camps, programs and events at Town facilities are cancelled through Sunday. Visit Weather Delays/Cancellations for updated information. Citizens should also refer to the Calendar at www.townofcary.org for updates. Staff is continuing to monitor the weather ahead of the Atlantic Tire Championships and the NC Courage match on Sunday and announcements are forthcoming.
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION
All solid waste services, garbage, recycling and yard waste collections will continue as scheduled through Thursday. In preparation for inclement weather, the Town is asking citizens to place carts at the curb Wednesday night, as we will begin operations earlier than normal on Thursday. Please bring carts back from the curb as soon as possible, and be good neighbors assist in getting all carts from the curb as quickly as possible. The Citizen's Convenience Center will be closed Friday and Saturday.
GoCary will operate on regular service Thursday with last departures occurring at 5 p.m., dependent on wind speeds. GoCary will discontinue all service once the area experiences 39mph sustained winds. This is projected to happen as early as Thursday morning. This decision is to ensure the safety of GoCary staff and passengers. Service will resume as soon as conditions are determined to be safe. Once the conditions have improved, buses will begin running and any route detours will be published on www.GoCary.org.
Report power outages to Duke Energy Progress anytime at 1-800-419-6356, or Apex Electric 919-372-7475 after hours. Please do not call 911 unless you are experiencing an immediate threat to life or property.
If you have lost power and plan to use a generator, DO NOT use it indoors. That includes the garage, carport, basement, crawlspace, or other partially-enclosed area, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent a buildup of Carbon Monoxide in the home which can’t be seen or smelled and can be deadly.
SHELTERS AND EVACUATION
Wake County Emergency Management, in cooperation with Wake County Human Services and the American Red Cross, opens emergency shelters and reception centers when disasters force citizens to evacuate. Citizens are encouraged to sign-up for ReadyWake! to stay informed of the latest evacuation and shelter information.
OTHER REMINDERS FOR THIS EVENT
Do your part now to secure all loose outdoor items like trash cans, grills or lawn furniture that could cause damage if blown; gather flashlights, fresh batteries, radios to assist in prolonged power outages; build a supply of water and non-perishable foods; stock up on pet food; and build a first-aid kit to meet your household’s needs. Owners who sustain property damage from the hurricane should shore-up the area and make minimal repairs right away.
In addition, officials remind citizens to:
- Only call 911 with immediate threats to life, health, or property; the Town’s non-emergency number is (919) 469-4090.
- Do not attempt to deal with downed limbs or trees on a street or sidewalk on your own since they may be tangled in live power lines; instead, call the Town at (919) 469-4090.
- Do not park on streets so that Town equipment and emergency vehicles can better service the area.
- Be neighborly. Check on neighbors to make sure that everyone is OK.
Citizens are urged to keep up with alerts from the Town on social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Be sure you are signed-up for email alerts at www.townofcary.org/email. For more preparedness tips, search “Ready Cary” at www.townofcary.org. To be notified by phone of non-weather-related imminent threats to life, health or property in Cary, register at www.readywake.com.
Stephen McNulty, Public Information Specialist, (919) 465-4606
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240
Hurricane Florence Service Updates
State of Emergency Declaration
Wake County’s State of Emergency Proclamation
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