To the Citizens of Norwood,
Yesterday, I invoked my authority as Mayor Pro Tem to declare the Town of Norwood as being under a State of Emergency. I assure you this was done only after careful consideration and review of the conditions and forecast at that point in time. This declaration was made for a variety of factors but primarily due to the expected high rainfall totals.
I have just received some alarming news that the rainfall estimates have now doubled from the previous forecast for Norwood and portions adjoining the Town of Norwood. I want to take this opportunity to advise you that while you may be on what is typically higher ground, I urge you to review your situation as it applies to you and your surroundings. While certain areas may be higher and typically never have drainage issues, they may suddenly become locally flooded. Areas of the town that have never flooded, may flood until water seeks its level and begins to recede. Florence is now at our doorstep and we could receive even more rainfall than expected. While we hope the forecasts are overstated, our level of preparedness should not waiver.
I continue to urge to you to protect yourselves and begin looking for threats at your home and business. Go ahead and assume that your home may be flooded and if so, is there anything that you can do within the next 8 hours prior to the final arrival of Florence and its impending rainfall. The slow speed of the Florence will continue to drop large amounts of rain over a period of days here in Norwood.
I do want you to know that we have prepared the Town of Norwood as best that we can. If you lose power for whatever reason, you will want to call your power utility vendor which is likely Duke Energy. Their phone number is 800-POWER-ON or 800-769-3766. You can also report outages at https://www.duke-energy.com/outages
If you have a water or sewer emergency, you may call us at 704-322-9100. If you are aware of any other hazardous situations or need assistance, you can call 704-690-1074. Please remember that Town staff cannot assist with trees on power lines, that will be your power utility vendor.
Should the need arise that you need shelter, Two (2) shelters will opened at 5pm today.
In closing, I am working throughout the duration of this storm assisting anywhere that I can. Please share this information with anyone who can benefit. Please be safe and finalize your preparations, we only have a few hours remaining before Florence arrives in Norwood.