Emergency Management - Oct. 2, 2015
The heavy rains and high winds expected today and tomorrow could cause local flooding and power outages. Public Safety officials urge residents to be prepared for power outages and be aware of the dangers that flood waters pose to motorists and those living or working in flood prone areas.
City and county public-safety agencies have made preparations to respond to storm-related calls. CityLink, the city’s citizen service center available by calling 311 or 727-8000, will be staffed around the clock today through Monday afternoon.
- If you live or work in an area prone to flooding, have an emergency bag packed in case you need to be evacuated. Include medicines and items for your pets. Learn which roadways are likely to flood and find an alternate route so you can avoid them.
- Avoid flood waters at all times. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk through flood waters. Six inches of water can knock you off your feet. Twelve inches of water can carry away a car.
- Heed road closure and cautionary signs.
- If stop lights are not working at an intersection, treat the intersection as if it is a four-way stop.
- Do not attempt to unblock a clogged storm drain. The sudden release could create a dangerous suction.
Residents can find up-to-the-minute storm information for Forsyth County on the ReadyForsyth Facebook page and its Twitter page @ReadyForsyth or by using the hashtags #ReadyForsyth and #ReadyNC. A link to more complete flood-safety and emergency tips will be posted on the city website, CityofWS.org. Additional emergency preparedness information is posted at ReadyForsyth.org. and flood safety information on ReadyForsyth.org.
Fire officials note that in the past, they have received flood calls from these areas:
- Northwest Boulevard at Broad Street
- Northwest Boulevard at Thurmond Street
- 28th Street & Indiana Avenue
- Silas Creek Parkway at Hanes Mall Boulevard
- U.S. 421 at Knollwood Street
- U.S. 421 at Silas Creek Parkway
- Reynolda Road at Yadkinville Road
- Bethania Station Road at Bethabara Park Boulevard
- Madison Park area
- Shattalon Drive at Bethania Station Road
- Salem Avenue at Main Street
- Phillips Bridge Road at the Little League ball fields.
Emergency Management Director Mel Sadler said, “Although we are hoping to be spared the worst of this storm, I urge all citizens to stay alert. And particularly if a road floods, remember these words: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”