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Major Flooding Issues and Chatham County Facilities Update

Post Date:09/16/2018 8:18 PM
Mike Reitz reports from Chatham Emergency Management that trees are down on roadways and power lines and numerous roads in the southern part of the county are flooded and impassable, based on information from NC DOT, residents and county deputies. The flooding can change the status of roads very quickly.

Please remember that flooded areas can be very hard to see at night until too late. Do not attempt to cross or walk through flood waters. “Turn around, don’t drown.” The best advice is to stay off the roads unless you have absolutely no choice. We expect flash flood conditions to continue over night and into Monday afternoon.

Rivers are expected to crest on Monday and not fall below flood stage until Tuesday and Wednesday. We can expect the Haw River and Deep River to have flooding in low-lying areas.

As of 8 PM tonight, we expect all Chatham County offices to open as usual on Monday morning unless heavy rains overnight impact specific facilities. We will update in the morning.

Chatham County parks should open on time, but Southwest Park may not be able to open the restrooms on time due to a power outage. However, the canoe accesses on the Haw River will remain closed until further notice due to very dangerous river conditions.

The Waste & Recycling Collection Centers are currently ready to open at 7 AM, but call ahead to make sure that overnight conditions did not change their status. Call 919-542-5516 for the main office.

The Chatham County Council on Aging announced that they will not be able to provide home-delivered meals and senior center meals tomorrow, due to expected heavy rains. They do not want volunteers and older residents to drive in flash flood conditions. The senior centers will not offer activities tomorrow, but staff will be on hand to talk with people by phone, especially if they have pressing needs.

Chatham Trades, a local nonprofit in Siler City, will be closed to the public and clients tomorrow.

NOTE: This is a rapidly developing situation, so please stay alert to the news stations.