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Mayor Connelly Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Post Date:09/11/2018 4:40 PM
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Greenville, starting at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, due to the high probability of heavy rain, winds, and potential flooding in the area as a result of Hurricane Florence.
The proclamation provides the Greenville Police Department with the ability to restrict or deny access to any area, location, or street where such a restriction is necessary in order to help overcome an emergency or to prevent the emergency from worsening. At this time, no such restrictions have been put in place.
Due to the forecast and the potential effects of the approaching Hurricane Florence, the City of Greenville also activated its Emergency Operations Center today at 8 a.m.

The City of Greenville has also taken the following precautions so far:
  • GREAT Bus services have been cancelled for Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14.
  • All Recreation and Parks programs and fitness classes will be cancelled Wednesday, September 12, through Sunday, September 16, at all locations.
  • Greenville Recreation and Parks has cancelled Exercise in the Park for Tuesday, September 11.
  • Greenville Recreation and Parks has closed the Bradford Creek Soccer Complex until further notice.
  • All Police Athletic League (PAL) sites will be closed Wednesday 9/12- Friday 9/14 due to the impending storm.
  • The Greenville Recreation and Parks Summer Dining Series trip to Spoon River scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, has been postponed.
  • The City of Greenville has cancelled sanitation collection for Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14. Those routes will be collected on Wednesday, September 12.
City officials are continuing to monitor the storm and additional changes are likely to be announced tomorrow.
Please note that while localized flooding is possible in all areas, some areas of the city are more prone to flooding during heavy rain events. Potential flood zones in Greenville include:
  • 14th Street and Charles Street (Both sides of Rite-Aid)
  • 10th Street and College Hill
  • 1st Street and Brownlea Drive
  • Reade Street and Cotanche Street
  • Evans Street and Deck Street
  • Evans Street and Arlington Boulevard 
  • Dickinson Avenue Underpass
  • Old Tar Road
Residents should make every effort to stay off the roads this weekend, but those who must travel in flood-prone areas are advised to stay alert for standing water and the potential that some streets could be blocked if flooding occurs. If you encounter flooding, the following safety tips are recommended:
  • Remember that flash flooding can occur even if it is not raining in your area because it could be raining harder upstream.
  • Never attempt to drive through water covering a roadway or bridge. Keep in mind that it does not take a lot of water to incapacitate a vehicle, and there may not be a road under the water.
  • Watch for flooding at bridges and dips in the road.
  • Watch for debris (rocks, limbs, etc.) that may be caught in moving water and can be dangerous if you are forced to walk or swim through flood waters.
  • Stay on high ground as much as possible.
To report an emergency situation during the storm, call 911. For all other storm-related information from the City, please call the City's hotline at (252) 329-4614.

Flooding is not the only concern associated with the heavy rainfall. The grounds are already saturated, and the additional water may loosen the dirt around trees and power lines. High winds that are often associated with a tropical system could cause the trees or power lines to fall. If you encounter a downed power line, do not touch it and call the Greenville Utilities Commission emergency hotline immediately at 1-855-767-2482. Always assume that a power line is live and dangerous.