Crews prepare for possible severe storms
(Fayetteville, N.C.) – City crews are aware of the possibility for severe storms to impact tonight’s evening commute. Firefighters were already busy responding to accidents in the heavy rains during the morning commute.
According a National Weather Service briefing, there is a significant risk of flash flooding and river flooding throughout central North Carolina. NWS predicts 6-8 p.m. for the timing of this event in the Sandhills, on the tail end of the evening commuting period. Citizens should be mindful of slowing down during heavy rains and flash flooding, as up to 2 inches of rain is expected in that 2-hour period. Strong winds may be also be a concern for drivers this evening.
Fayetteville Public Services Director Sheila Thomas-Ambat says street staff are monitoring high-priority problem areas. Workers placed high water signs on the ground at Ray Avenue near Cross Creek, as well as at other areas across the city prone to flooding. Those signs will be placed into use if flooding does occur in those areas.
City Traffic Engineer Lee Jernigan says citizens should call 911 if a traffic light is out, so a traffic signal technician can be dispatched to correct the issue.
Things to know:
- Six members of the Public Services street maintenance staff will be on standby until 12 midnight to respond to calls.
- The City’s Public Services team is prepped with equipment fueled and chainsaws ready, should they be needed to clear downed trees.
- If an area experiences a power outage, traffic signals will not be operational during the outage. Navigate those intersections as it were a four-way stop intersection.
- If power does go out and when it’s subsequently restored, traffic signals will activate in flashing mode for several seconds before beginning normal operation.
- Call 911 and report an intersection if the traffic signal stays in flashing mode for an extended period of time.