Thursday’s Music at Midday concert featuring Lydia Salett Dudley and Lou Padro has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather posed by Hurricane Dorian. It has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2019. Weather permitting, Music at Midday will kick off with Blue Cactus next Thursday, September 12, 2019, noon-1pm.
According to the National Weather Service in Raleigh, Hurricane Dorian is expected to impact our area from Thursday into early Friday morning. The latest forecast for central North Carolina includes the possibility of heavy rainfall, which could cause flooding in low-lying spots or poor drainage areas.
For now, all Town facilities are expected to remain open and operate according to their normal schedules. Town officials are following the storm’s track and speed to assess whether any closings or schedule changes may become necessary.
In the meantime, 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
Town officials are urging residents to stay informed, have emergency plans in place and be prepared for the possibility of heavy rain, flooding, power outages and strong winds. In anticipation of the storm, residents are also encouraged to consider the following:
- Inventory hurricane emergency supplies and restock if necessary;
- In case of power outages (and credit cards cannot be used), secure adequate cash to operate for several days;
- Be sure medications (including oxygen tanks) are filled;
- Tie down or bring indoors any objects that might be blown around by hurricane winds (outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, display racks, signs and any other loose objects that are normally left outside);
- Secure all items that cannot be brought inside;
- Ensure that all vehicles are serviced and fueled. Determine where they can be stored during the storm;
- Be sure to have needed supplies for your pets;
- Have a flashlight and extra batteries within reach. Flashlights provide the safest emergency lighting source;
- Charge smartphones, cell phones, power packs and tablets.
In the event severe weather occurs, the Town will issue regular updates through a variety of means. To stay informed residents can:
- Visit the Severe Weather Updates page on the Town’s website at bit.ly/WFSevereWeatherUpdates
- Visit the Town’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TownofWakeForest/
- Follow the Town’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/WakeForest_NC
- Download the Town’s app at www.wakeforestnc.gov/communications/app-download
- Sign up for Town alerts and email notifications at www.wakeforestnc.gov/communications/e-notifier
- Sign up to receive phone call notifications via Blackboard Connect at www.wakeforestnc.gov/communications/phone-notification-system
- Call the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919.435.9569.
Source: Bill Crabtree, Town of Wake Forest