This morning, after carefully reviewing updated weather forecasts and monitoring information provided by emergency management services, I have decided to declare a State of Emergency within the corporate limits of the Town of Norwood. You can click here to read the declaration. Declaration of State of Emergency Sept 13 2018.
This declaration will allow the town to maintain order, minimize risks, secure property, protect the public health, safety, and welfare of our citizens.
That being said, I do have some concerns related to potential flooding. If rainfall forecasts hold true, it is very likely that highway 52 along the Darrell Almond Park will be underwater and impassable. Additionally, I fear that our Park will be underwater as well as along South Stanly School Road just past Chad Street as well as impacts to the the Duke Energy sub station. This portion of South Stanly School road may become impassable. We expect highway 52 at the Rocky River bridge to potentially be impacted or impassable. The lower portions of Riverview Rd just outside of our corporate limits that follows the Rocky River will most likely be impacted.
In closing, beyond the threat of high-water, trees and power lines may also be a concern with this storm. I want to let you know that we do not want anyone to risk their life with any hazard and particularly swiftly moving water. Please do not allow children to play in or around high water and particularly do not allow them around storm drains that could be under a vacuum. This emergency declaration expressly prohibits this type of activity, so please be mindful of the danger. Hurricane Florence is to be taken very seriously and that is why I have declared a State of Emergency for the Town of Norwood.