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Wake Forest continues preparations for Hurricane Florence

Town of Wake Forest News

The Town of Wake Forest continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence. Town crews are conducting safety briefings and working to secure Town facilities. Crews from Police, Fire, Wake Forest Power and Public Works are on standby and ready to respond to any problems that arise. Vehicles and equipment have been fueled and checked for essential supplies and supply inventories have been reviewed.

Once the storm comes ashore, it is expected to bring with it high winds, torrential rains and possible flooding. Residents are urged to bring in rollout garbage and recycling carts and other light-weight items no later than Thursday morning to ensure that those items do not become unintended and harmful projectiles.

In anticipation of the heavy rain, the City of Raleigh is lowering the level of the Wake Forest Reservoir.

Openings & Closings
For now, all Town facilities are open and operating according to their normal schedules. Town officials are following the storm’s track and speed to assess whether any closings may become necessary.

PRCR & Senior Center Schedules
All Thursday and Friday Northern Wake Senior Center classes at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., and Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., have been canceled.

For now, all PRCR-sponsored baseball and softball games will be played as scheduled.

Event Cancellations
Town officials have canceled or postponed all weekend events in Wake Forest, including Music at Midday (Sept. 13); Friday Night on White (Sept. 14); Good Neighbor Day (Sept. 15); and Exploring the Heritage of the Ailey Young House (Sept. 16). The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre has also canceled the first weekend of Forest Moon’s Presentation of “Crimes of the Heart” (Sept. 14-16). For more information about each of these events, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search for the event name.

Solid Waste Collection
Republic Services will begin Thursday’s garbage and recycling collection at 6 a.m., an hour earlier than usual, to provide crews with additional time to reach the recycling center, which will close earlier than normal.

Republic is working on contingency plans for Friday and beyond – but it is likely garbage and recycling will be suspended Friday.

Beginning Friday, yard waste collection will be suspended until further notice. Residents should not set out yard waste to minimize the chances of any uncollected debris clogging storm drains.

If Your Power Goes Out

  • To report power outages:

    • Wake Forest Power customers call 919-761-7899;

    • Wake Electric customers call 919-863-6499 or 800-743-3155;

    • Duke Energy Progress customers call 800-419-6356.

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food usually stays frozen about 48 hours. A refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out.

  • Do not connect a generator directly to your home’s electrical system. It is dangerous to you, your neighbors and utility workers. Follow manufacturer’s directions regarding connecting appliances directly to your generator.

  • Restoring power after a storm can be challenging, as travel conditions are poor. Before power can be restored, crews first assess damage and determine which crews, equipment and supplies will be needed to make repairs. Because of this, customers may see damage assessors patrolling their neighborhoods before crews arrive to begin work.

  • Crews prioritize work to ensure the largest number of customers are restored as quickly as possible. Essential services, such as hospitals and emergency response facilities, are the first priority.

  • If you lose power, turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This helps with restoration efforts because it reduces the immediate demand on power lines when power is restored.

  • Once your power is restored, please wait a few minutes before turning your equipment back on.

Reporting Downed Trees
To report downed trees, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/report-a-problem.aspx or call 919-435-9570.

If you encounter trees downed during storms on roads, sidewalks or other public areas, contact the Town rather than trying to handle them on your 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.

Please do not call 911 unless there is an emergency posing an immediate threat to life, health, or property.

Water & Sewer
The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) operates and maintains the water and sewer system that serves Wake Forest. CORPUD operates two water treatment plants and three wastewater treatment plants. These plants are equipped with generators capable of maintaining operations during extended power outages. The drinking water distribution system has a robust back-up system that allows water to flow from many locations, so water outages – even in major storm events – are rare and often localized. Toilets will also continue to function normally and do not require electric power to operate.

Even though you may still have water and wastewater service, water conservation during power outages is a good idea. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering, and limit the amount of toilet flushing. As a precaution, customers should prepare by storing 1-2 gallons of tap water per person in clean household containers which can be refrigerated if desired.

In the event of a loss of water, call 919-996-3245 and select option #1 to report the outage. Public Utilities also utilizes a customer notification system that contacts customers in the event of water or wastewater service emergencies via landline telephone, text message or email.

Closely monitor local news sources and www.raleighnc.gov for storm updates and additional information.

Emergency Shelters
Wake County Emergency Management, in cooperation with Wake County Human Services and the American Red Cross, opens emergency shelters when disasters force citizens to evacuate. 

No shelter locations have yet been announced in response to Hurricane Florence. The Town will publicize shelter locations when they become available.

Clear Storm Drains
Public Works personnel are clearing obstructions from storm drains along local streets and roadways. You can assist in this effort and help prevent flooding by clearing debris from storm drains along your streets.

Street Flooding Hazards
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

  • East Juniper Avenue near North White Street

  • 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 moving 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.

  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, leave the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly. REMEMBER – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

Stay Off the Roads
Finally, once Hurricane Florence comes through Wake Forest, please stay off the roadways. When you venture out on the roads, you not only put yourself at risk, but you also put others in jeopardy. Then, if you are involved in an accident, police officers and first responders are at risk. You can help yourself, your neighbors, law enforcement and first responders by simply staying off the roads.

Stay Informed
During severe weather events, the Town will issue regular updates through a variety of means. To stay informed residents can:

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