While we watch for potential local impacts from Tropical Storm Sally, the Town of Carrboro’s Public Works team is making sure that culverts and storm drains are clear of debris to reduce flooding.
Are You Prepared?
Check for news and weather updates from local sources including weather.gov/rah/. Orange County is under a flash flood watch until 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. A few inches of water can sweep away your car. If you encounter a flooded road, turn around, don’t drown.
Just as crews check for issues on public property, residents can help minimize the risk of damage in their yards and neighborhoods during and after a storm.
Preparing Before a Storm
Some of the most common runoff issues are due to blockages in inlets, pipes, and swales. Most of these blockages can be avoided by performing a quick walk around your yard to check the following:
- Remove and secure any loose vegetative debris, such as grass clippings, branches, logs, etc. Do not store vegetative debris in swales, road gutter, or in your stream buffer.
- Remove and secure any loose trash cans, toys, flower pots, outdoor furniture, and decorative yard items. These items can be carried by high water or wind into the drainage system and block the flow of water.
- Check your driveway culvert, stream buffers, and neighborhood stormwater control measures for any potential issues.
Ongoing Stormwater Utility Projects and Initiatives
To learn more about the Town’s current Stormwater program’s efforts, access a recent report at https://bit.ly/3hVTDKA, visit townofcarrboro.org/287/Stormwater or email firstname.lastname@example.org