State and local officials have spent the past week preparing for the potential effects of Hurricane Florence as areas that aren’t usually likely to flood are put at risk.
Ran Northam, community safety communication specialist for the Town of Chapel Hill, said many areas in and around Chapel Hill are especially prone to flooding.
“The Town is working with residents in those areas to be sure they are aware of the threat of flooding,” Northam said. “In some cases, voluntary evacuations were initiated beginning (Wednesday) as Orange County opened shelters (Wednesday) at 6 p.m.”
The Town of Chapel Hill identified in a press release Tuesday several areas that are “subject to flooding during periods of extended and/or extensive heavy rain.” Those areas include:
- South Estes Drive near Willow Drive
- Camelot Village Apartments off of South Estes Drive
- Brookwood Condominiums off of South Estes Drive
- South Estes public housing neighborhood on Estes Drive Extension near
- University Place
- Umstead Drive between Umstead Park and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
- Cleland Road between Kendall Drive and Hayes Road
- West Franklin Street at Mallette Street
- East Franklin Street at Park Place