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Town Facilities Close at 5 p.m. - Re-Open at 10 a.m. Friday

09/05/2019

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: Hurricane Dorian is in the rear view mirror for Clayton! We were lucky! No injuries reported, no car accidents, no power outages and only one tree down on O'Neil Street that was quickly cleaned up by our Clayton Fire Department. Roads and greenways are all passable this morning and it's time to get your garbage carts to the curb and resume normal operations. All Star waste hit the road at 7 a.m. to finish Thursday garbage & recycling routes and start on Friday routes - if they can't get to everyone, they'll finish on Saturday morning. All Town of Clayton facilities will open at 10 a.m. and the Clayton Downtown Development Association's FREE Town Square concert tonight is still on! Let's celebrate our escape from Dorian with some great beach music! The Embers brought to you by HomeTowne Realty The Embers LIVE at 6:30 p.m. in Downtown Clayton, NC!

THURSDAY NIGHT UPDATE:

Town of Clayton crews from our Police, Fire, Clayton Public Power and Public Works departments have been preparing and are on standby to respond to any problems caused by Hurricane Dorian. Our whole team has stepped 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 Thursday evening the National Weather Service is predicting Clayton will see the worst of the wind and rain after midnight and skies will clear by 7-8 a.m. Friday morning. We could see limbs down, power outages, and street and creek flooding. No river flooding is expected in Clayton. 

Openings & Closings
All Town facilities closed at 5 p.m. and will re-open at 10 a.m. on Friday. If you need to pay a utility bill, our offices will re-open at 10 a.m. on Friday. No disconnects will occur during the period of our emergency weather closures. The drop-box outside Town Hall will not be accessible until Friday morning. 
 
Parks & Recreation, Library & The Clayton Center
All classes, programs, athletics and childcare programs at the Clayton Community Center, Hocutt-Ellington were cancelled for Friday night. All greenways and parks are CLOSED until further notice due to the potential for flooding or damage. 
 
Town Square Concert Friday- The Embers
For now, the Clayton Downtown Development Association's free concert with The Embers brought to you by HomeTowne Realty is still on for tomorrow night at 6 p.m. We'll make a final decision on Friday morning, but our fingers are crossed that we'll be enjoying some free beach music Friday night in Downtown Clayton! 
  
Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste Collection
As of late Thursday, All Star was catching up following the Labor Day holiday and has completed half of the Thursday garbage routes. At 7 a.m. on Friday morning, All Star will finish up the Thursday routes and start on Friday's collection. The large neighborhood of Glen Laurel may have to be completed on Saturday if routes can not be finished tomorrow. Please try to have carts out by 7 a.m. 

 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 expect 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
The county has only opened one shelter at this time: North Johnston Middle School located at 435 Oil Company Road, Micro, NC  27555. It is pet friendly and you can find more information from Johnston County Emergency Services here. 

Clayton High School at 600 Fayetteville Street in Downtown Clayton, NC. is a possible shelter, but at this time has not been activated. 

Stay Off the Roads
Now that the rain and wind have started, please stay off the roadways. 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.

All Town of Clayton facilities including Hocutt-Ellington Memorial LibraryThe Clayton Center, and Clayton Parks and Recreation's Community Center will close at 5 p.m. today and re-open on Friday morning at 10 a.m. Our greenways and parks will also be off-limits after 5 p.m. out of safety concerns. The utility bill drop-off outside Town Hall will be not be available overnight. 

All Star waste crews will start at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning to finish up Thursday garbage & recycling routes and begin Friday collection.

For now, the free concert with The Embers brought to you by HomeTowne Realty is still on for tomorrow night at 6 p.m.

Our Mayor has declared a state of emergency. Our Emergency Operations Center at the Clayton Fire Department at 5 tonight where staff from police, fire, electric, utilities and others monitor the storm and dispatch crews.

The latest briefing from the US National Weather Service Raleigh NC calls for the worst of the rain and wind to begin after midnight and be gone by 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. Please stay inside and off the roads tonight!

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