This Week at NCDOT: Hurricane Irma Preparations Friday, September 08, 2017

RALEIGH –  The following are highlights from this week at the N. C. Department of Transportation.  The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the Department’s weekly newscast.

Hurricane Irma Preparations

From maintenance yards to ferry terminals, NCDOT crews are proactively preparing for the potential storm.  This includes checking supplies to ensure equipment is in good working order and ready to go once Irma hits, and inspecting culverts and pipes under roadways to make sure they are clear.

Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, NCDOT will suspend roadwork that could impact traffic flow in case of an evacuation, including any northbound lane closures on interstate routes.  Crews and equipment will also stand ready to be dispatched to other areas of the state as needed.

When roads are flooded, or there is potential for flooding, drivers should use alternate routes. A foot of water, for example, can cause vehicles to float, while two feet of rushing water can carry away vehicles, including SUVs and pick-up trucks. Falling trees can bring down power lines. If drivers see trees entangled in power lines in the road, they should not approach them. 

As disasters can strike anywhere at any time, it is important for North Carolinians to know what to do and where to go.  Governor Roy Cooper has declared September as North Carolina Preparedness Month to encourage residents to be disaster ready by putting together emergency kits and having a plan in place.

Emergency kits should include:

·       Copies of important documents,

·       Potable water,

·       Non-perishable food,

·       Personal hygiene supplies,

·       Clothing,

·       Phone and computer chargers,

·       Flashlights, and

·       A portable radio with extra batteries.

Supplies should be kept in a waterproof container that can be easily transported.  Remember to include supplies for all members of the family, including pets. For more information on how to ensure your family is disaster ready, go to readync.org or download the free ReadyNC App, which features real-time weather, traffic, and shelter information.

For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov

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