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SHERIFF'S OFFICE URGES RESIDENTS TO USE CAUTION

Multiple roadways around Durham County are blocked due to high water levels

Post Date:09/17/2018
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Contact: AnnMarie Breen
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THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE URGES RESIDENTS TO USE CAUTION
Multiple roadways around Durham County are blocked due to high water levels

Durham, N.C. –  The Patrol Division of the Durham County Sheriff's Office reports high water levels on multiple roadways around Durham County this morning as the area continues to see rain from the remnants of Hurricane Florence. Residents are urged to remain alert to quickly changing conditions and monitor local weather forecasts.
 
When inclement weather creates hazardous road conditions, there may be a slight delay in response time to emergency calls. Our Patrol Unit will exercise caution to ensure they arrive safely when responding to calls for service. Deputies driving in the county, on rural roads, and highways will be on the lookout for stranded motorists or abandoned vehicles. If a vehicle is unoccupied, deputies will attach yellow tape to the exterior of the vehicle, alerting other law enforcement agencies and drivers that the vehicle was checked. In addition to providing roadside assistance, deputies will conduct welfare checks upon request.
 
Follow these guidelines when dealing with severe inclement weather. 

  • Check on neighbors who are elderly, disabled or anyone who may need help.
  • Parents should be mindful of the risk of drowning and other weather-related injuries to children eager to play outdoors. 
  • Do not play in standing water as it may contain contaminates and debris. 
  • Do not play in drainage culverts as there is a danger of being swept away during times of flash flooding.
  • Pet owners should bring their animals inside. 
  • Never drive on a flooded roadway.  Drivers and passengers who drown while trapped in their vehicles or exiting from vehicles account for the most flood-related deaths in the United States.
  • Anyone experiencing an emergency as we continue to feel the effects of the storm should call 911.

The Sheriff’s Office will post weather-related updates on social media. Residents are encouraged to follow the Durham County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter.   

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