Wake Forest Prepares for Potential Flooding

The National Weather Service is projecting severe weather in the area with potentially slow-moving storms between tonight and Saturday, which could lead to flooding in low-lying areas of Wake Forest.

Rain is falling again and is expected to continue through Sunday with up to six inches of rainfall possible. The ground is already saturated and winds could gust up to 25 miles per hour through the weekend. There is a high potential for uprooted trees and downed power lines. If you see a downed power line or a potentially hazardous situation, do not approach it; call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.

Rain could be heavy at times beginning Friday. Low-lying areas could become flooded quickly. A flash flood watch goes into effect Thursday at 8 p.m. and continues until Sunday at 8 p.m.

Town of Wake Forest officials have completed safety briefings and secured town facilities, and town staff will be standing by to deal with whatever comes our way. Vehicles and equipment have been fueled and checked for essential supplies and supply inventories have been reviewed.

Due to the potential for strong winds, residents are urged to bring in rollout garbage and recycling carts and other light-weight items.

Currently, all Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources-sponsored games and practices scheduled through Sunday, Oct. 4, have been canceled. For updated information, call the Weather Line at 919-435-9569.

Wake County Emergency Management has no plans to open any emergency shelters over the weekend. For updated information, call 919- 856-6480. 

The following Wake Forest-area streets are prone to flooding and should be approached cautiously during significant rainfall events:

  • Durham Road/NC-98,  Richland Creek
  • East Juniper Avenue near North Allen Road
  • Forestville Road, Toms Creek
  • Forestville Road, Sanford Creek
  • Harris Road, Richland Creek
  • Heritage Heights Lane, 1300 Block
  • Jenkins Road, Horse Creek
  • Ligon Mill Road, Smith Creek
  • Ligon Mill Road, Toms Creek
  • North Main Street, Walnut Avenue to Cedar Avenue
  • North White Street, Juniper Street to Flaherty Avenue
  • Oak Grove Church Road, Dunn Creek
  • Purnell Road at Jackson Road, Horse Creek
  • Purnell Road, Mud Branch
  • Rogers Road, Sanford Creek
  • Rogers Road, Smith Creek
  • West Oak Avenue, Richland Creek
  • Wait Avenue, Dunn Creek
  • Wall Road, Wallridge Drive to Harris Road
  • Watkins Farm Road at Young Street

Public Safety Tips if you experience rising water where you are:

  • Immediately seek higher ground.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of mobbing water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not park in low-lying areas.
  • If possible, avoid driving during and immediately after the storm. If you must travel, do not drive through flooded roadways. Instead, turn around and take an alternate route. If there is no alternate route, head to higher ground and wait for the water to subside. Do not attempt to cross over a flooded road even if it seems shallow. Fast-rising waters can wash out roadways, and just one foot of water can float many vehicles, while two feet of rushing water can carry away vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.

Follow these tips to help keep yourself and your property safe:

  • Get sand bags ready to use if your building is prone to leaks from rising waters during flash flooding. 
  • Businesses with flood barriers for their doors should get them ready to activate.
  • Do not park in low lying areas, along creeks or in parking decks in the floodplain or below ground that are prone to flooding. Your insurance may limit repair or replacement of flooded vehicles.
  • If you have a stream or ditch in your yard, remove any obstructions, including foot bridges, which may cause water to back up.
  • Draw down rain barrels and cisterns to provide storage for additional rain.  Remember that for every one inch of rain on a 100’x10’ (1,000 sq. ft.) area of impervious surface there will be 623 gallons of water running off. Make sure that overflow hoses from rain barrels empty at least five feet away from buildings. Direct overflow into rain gardens, vegetation, or onto rock splash pads that will help to spread out the flow and prevent erosion. 
  • If you see debris on top of storm drains, remove it only if you can do so safely.
  • Keep your children out of streets and away from storm drains. Just six inches of moving water can knock down an adult.

As is always the case in severe weather events, the Town of Wake Forest reminds citizens to call 919-554-6724 for storm-related, non-emergency issues, such as power outages and downed trees and power lines. Please do not call 911 unless there is an emergency posing an immediate threat to life, health, or property.

Wake Forest Power works to minimize storm impacts year-round through preventive maintenance, including trimming of trees around Wake Forest’s 70-plus miles of electric distribution lines. Wind-blown trees and limbs are the leading cause of power outages during storms.

Whenever citizens encounter trees downed during storms on roads, sidewalks or other public areas, they should always contact the town rather than trying to handle them on their own. In addition to being heavy and difficult to manage, trees and limbs often come into contact with dangerous, live electrical wires which can cause serious injury or death.

Visit the Town’s Severe Weather page at www.wakeforestnc.gov/severeweather.aspx for detailed emergency preparedness information.

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