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Worst of Tropical Storm Isaias Set to Hit Clayton around 2 a.m.




Town of Clayton crews from our Fire, Police, Clayton Public Power and Public Services departments worked through the night to respond to any problems caused by this storm. Only minor tree debris and no Clayton Public Power outages. The Neuse River continues to rise as all the rain water makes its way downstream, so the greenways remain closed. The Neuse is expected to crest at 13 ft on Wednesday afternoon and then come back below flood stage (9ft.) by Thursday.


Hurricane Isaias will be impacting Clayton overnight into Tuesday morning - with rain, flooding and possible power outages. 

Town of Clayton crews from our Police, Fire, Clayton Public Power and Public Services departments have been preparing and are on standby to respond to any problems caused by this storm. Our whole team is stepping up to help run our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Fire Station One in Downtown Clayton which will be fully staffed overnight as the worst of the storm passes over Clayton. If you have an emergency, please call 911 and these crews will be dispatched! 

As of Monday morning, National Weather Service is predicting Clayton will see the worst of the wind and rain between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Tuesday. We could see limbs down, power outages, and street and creek flooding. 

YOU SHOULD EXPECT POWER OUTAGES! Clayton Public Power and Duke Energy serve this area and their linemen will only begin work to restore power when the winds die down and it is safe to get out. PLEASE be patient. 

Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste Collection

We all know All Star Waste is hard-working - so let's not make them work even harder picking up all our trash strewn in the street tomorrow! Tuesday routes - PLEASE WAIT to put your carts to the curb until after tonight's forecasted winds have calmed down! Please put your carts out from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow morning and All Star trucks will be by to empty them as usual Tuesday late morning and afternoon!

PLEASE make sure you're using CLEAR plastic bags for yard waste (NO BLACK BAGS!) AND that you keep your TOTAL yard waste piles to the correct dimensions! It's a tough job, especially in the heat and nasty weather - so please help them out by doing your part!

Openings & Closings
Tonight's Clayton Town Council meeting has been canceled. All Town facilities have been closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, but staff have been working inside. Those staff will go home at 5 p.m. Monday and return as soon as possible in the morning to resume normal work duties. If you need to pay a utility bill in our dropbox, please wait until after 10 a.m. if possible to ensure the roads are safe and our box can be re-opened. No disconnects will occur during the period of our emergency weather closures. 

 Your Power Goes Out

  • Do NOT try to touch downed wires - if you see downed wires - call 911.
  • You may call Clayton Public Power at 919-553-1530 if you lose power, however, our system alerts us when outages occur. We may not be able to give you an estimated time of restoration as our crews are busy trying to make the repair.  Riverwood residents are customers of Duke Energy and can call 800-POWER ON (800-769-3766).
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food usually stays frozen about 48 hours. A refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out.
  • Hooking up your generator directly to your electrical panel or your home is not only dangerous, it’s illegal. The power from your generator can back-feed into the power lines around your house - that can hurt or even kill you, your neighbors or our linemen.  To avoid back-feeding: 1) use a transfer switch or 2) do direct hook-ups using drop (extension) cords from the appliances you want to use to the generator.
  • If you lose power, turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This helps with restoration efforts because it reduces the immediate demand on power lines when power is restored.
  • Once your power is restored, please wait a few minutes before turning your equipment back on.

Water & Sewer
Electricity is not required for your town or county water service or to flush toilets. During Hurricane Matthew we did see water lines break in floodwaters, however, we do not hope to see extreme flooding in this storm in the Clayton area. In the case of possible flooding, it's good to prepare for water interruptions by filling sinks and tubs with water and to fill containers with tap water before the storm for drinking later.  
Emergency Shelters
Johnston County does not plan to open shelters for this storm and is asking anyone who lives in flood prone areas to make plans to stay with family and friends, in hotels or other safe places should you need to evacuate. Staying with family and friends reduces the potential exposure and spread of COVID-19. Staying in a shelter should be considered a last resort during the pandemic. Got to ReadyNC.org for information on what to pack in your evacuation bag

Stay Off the Roads
Please make plans to stay off the road tonight starting at about 8 p.m. And Tuesday morning, even though the rain may have stopped, PLEASE DO NOT RUSH OUT RIGHT AFTER THE STORM. Please allow time for our police, fire and electric crews to get out on the roads, assess damage, removed downed trees and restore power!  You are not only putting yourself at risk, but others as well, including the police officers, firefighters and first responders who many need to come help you. Help yourself, your neighbors, law enforcement and first responders by simply staying off the roads. 

If you experience rising water where you are:

  • Immediately seek higher ground
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not park in low-lying areas.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, leave the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly. REMEMBER - TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!

Stay Connected
To stay up-to-date on Town of Clayton weather closures and road conditions:

If you have any questions about the above information, please feel free to email info@TownofClaytonNC.org or call 919-358-0348.


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