Hurricane Florence Update from Manager Jenkins

Hurricane Florence
FROM: Heath R. Jenkins, Town Manager
DATE: September 14, 2018
This is an important message from the Town of Stanley regarding Hurricane Florence. A State of Emergency has been proclaimed for all of Gaston County, including The Town of Stanley. The latest weather information we have received from the Emergency Management and “Ready-NC” indicates a moderate to high risk of flash flooding potential, beginning Saturday. The 72-hour rainfall forecast indicates 10-15 inches of rain from 8am on Friday thru 8am September 17. Much of the State, including our area, is under a flash flood watch, with sustained winds at 23-28 mph, with stronger wind gust. “The National Hurricane Center has stated “it cannot be emphasized enough that he most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland throughout the weekend”. The amount of rain during a tropical system is not related to the intensity of the wind. If your yard floods during ordinary thunderstorm, you are at a serious risk of flooding from torrential tropical rainfall. Carefully watch water levels, especially if you live near creeks, streams and drainage ditches. Never cross flowing water! Turn around, don’t drown. We have previously provided shelter information indicating the location of shelters , provided by Gaston County. For information concerning shelters or NON-EMERGENCY related matters, citizens should call 704-866-3300. All emergency calls should be made to 911. All Stanley personnel will be dispatched through the 911 Center in Gastonia. The Mayor, town council, Town Manager, Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Director of Public Works, Director of Parks and Recreation. and other key staff will be working around the clock to monitor the affects of Hurricane Florence, and take appropriate action as needed. For those who need to roll their garbage cans for Monday pick up, please do not roll these cans out to the curb until absolutely necessary. Placing the cans out early will only create a hazard during the high winds and rain. With that said, please secure any items in the outdoors that could become a projectile during high winds, including outdoor furniture, recreational equipment, such as basketball goals.
Although we can not ensure the internet will be operational, citizens can still submit routine email to to report non-emergency issues or submit information to the Town of Stanley.

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