While we watch for potential local impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa, the Town of Carrboro’s Public Works team has worked to clear culverts and storm drains to reduce flooding. They are prepared to respond to issues throughout the day.
CHECK THE WEATHER
Check for updates from local sources including weather.gov/rah/.
Orange County is under a flash flood watch through Thursday evening. Elsa’s projected track has shifted slightly more west and as a result, the heaviest rainfall is now expected across central North Carolina. One to three inches of rainfall is expected with localized amounts of five inches across central and eastern North Carolina.
A few inches of water can sweep away your car. If you encounter a flooded road, turn around, don’t drown.
PREPARE Before a Storm
Just as crews check for issues on public property, residents can help minimize the risk of damage in their yards and neighborhoods during and after a storm. Some of the most common runoff issues are due to blockages in inlets, pipes, and swales. Most of these blockages can be avoided by performing a quick walk around your yard to check the following:
- Remove and secure any loose vegetative debris, such as grass clippings, branches, logs, etc. Do not store vegetative debris in swales, road gutter, or in your stream buffer.
- Remove and secure any loose trash cans, toys, flower pots, outdoor furniture, and decorative yard items. These items can be carried by high water or wind into the drainage system and block the flow of water.
- Check your driveway culvert, stream buffers, and neighborhood stormwater control measures for any potential issues.
ACCESS INFORMATION on Stormwater Utility Projects and Initiatives
Public Works team members are on the ready Thursday morning with Raid Wahieb, Daniel Snipes and Jonathan Stewart.