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WAKE FOREST — Although conditions have improved, area roads remain icy and dangerous. Area residents are strongly encouraged to stay off the roads as much as possible. Pedestrians should walk against traffic, wear bright clothing and try to stay out of the roads.
Due to current conditions, please note the following updates and adjustments to town facilities, services and program schedules:
Openings & Closings
•The Wake Forest town hall is scheduled to reopen tomorrow at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.
•All Wake Forest Parks and Recreation facilities, including the Flaherty Park Community Center and the Alston-Massenburg Center, will be closed again tomorrow.
•The Public Works Operations Center will operate again tomorrow according to its normal schedule: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Parks & Recreation
•All Wake Forest Parks and Recreation-sponsored cultural programs and classes and athletics activities scheduled for tomorrow have been canceled.
•From yesterday at 1 p.m. until 11 a.m. today, the Wake Forest Police Department received 88 calls for service.
-9 calls for vehicle collisions.
-17 calls for assist motorists
-14 calls for escorts provided to individuals
-4 calls for officers directed traffic in hazardous areas. Those areas included Rogers Road at the Sheetz gas station, Rogers Road at South Main Street, Rogers Road at Hobblebush Way and Heritage Lake at Trentini Avenue
•Weather permitting, today's garbage and recycling routes will be collected tomorrow, and tomorrow's route will be picked up on Saturday.
•A decision on tomorrow's yard waste collection will be made later today or early tomorrow.
•A decision concerning Wake Forest bus service, including the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express and the Wake Forest Loop, will be made later today or early tomorrow.
Wake Forest Power
•As of 2 p.m., only one power outage has been reported.
As is always the case in severe weather events, the town is reminding residents to call 919-554-6724 for storm-related, non-emergency issues, such as power outages and downed trees and power lines. Please do not call 911 unless there is an emergency posing an immediate threat to life, health or property.
Wake Forest Power works to minimize storm impacts year-round through preventive maintenance, including trimming of trees around Wake Forest's 70-plus miles of overhead electric distribution lines. Downed trees and limbs are the leading cause of power outages during storms.
Whenever residents encounter trees downed during storms on roads, sidewalksor other public areas, they should always contact the town rather than trying to handle them on their own. In addition to being heavy and difficult to manage, trees and limbs often come into contact with dangerous, live electrical wires which can cause serious injury or death.
Citizens are also reminded of the following tips during inclement weather:
•Do not park on streets so that plows and other town equipment can service the area.
•Do not attempt to deal with downed limbs or trees on streets or sidewalks as they may be tangled in live power lines. Instead, call the Public Works Department at 919-435-9570. After 3:30 p.m., call 919-554-6724.
•Do not call 911 unless there is an immediate threat to life, health, or property. All non-emergency calls should be placed to 919-554-6150;
•Be neighborly. Check on neighbors to make sure that everyone is OK.
•Stay indoors during severe winter weather. If you do decide to venture out — whether walking or driving — let folks know when and where you are going so they can contact emergency officials should you fail to reach yourdestination. Take a cell phone just in case.