Wake Forest preparing for Tropical Storm Isaias
Town officials are monitoring the threat posed by Tropical Storm Isaias which could bring up to four inches of rain to Wake County and wind gusts of up to 40 mph. All residents are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and be prepared for changing weather conditions.
In addition to issuing a Tropical Storm Watch for our area, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for portions of central North Carolina, including Wake and Franklin counties, from 2 p.m. Monday through Tuesday afternoon. Rainfall amounts of two to four inches are expected. Areas of heavy rainfall may produce flooding, especially in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
Monday evening is expected to be the time period that is most impactful for much of the forecast area.
All Town facilities are expected to remain open and operate according to their normal schedules. 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 http://bit.ly/WFSevereWeatherUpdates
Visit the Town’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TownofWakeForest/
Follow the Town’s Twitter feed at https://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.