NCDOT Triad Crews on High Alert For High Threat From Joaquin
Posted 10/1/2015 5:10:51 PM
GREENSBORO — As hurricane Joaquin threatens the eastern seaboard, N.C.
Department of Transportation Divisions 7 (Caswell, Alamance, Randolph, Guilford and Rockingham
counties), and Division 9 (Davidson, Forsyth, Stokes, Davie and Rowan counties)
are preparing crews for the threat of inland flooding and storm damage by
checking equipment and placing hundreds of employees on standby.
“All maintenance crews have been instructed to gas vehicles
like tandem dump trucks, back hoes, as well as chain saws because these will be
used to unblock state maintained roadways, which will be one of our main tasks,”
said Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills.
“We have barricades and cones strategically placed for
deployment to trouble spots where some streets have already flooded due to the
last several days of rain,” said Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey.
“The most important work is taking place ahead of the
storm. We have workers that are cleaning out storm drains and grates to make
sure there is little to no debris to perpetuate flooding,” said Division 9
Board Member Jake Alexander.
“While we can’t predict what will happen we can put up our
defenses and support our fellow NCDOT workers statewide. Around the Triad and
the state managers are identifying personnel that will be able to go down east
in case the storm does decide to make landfall here,” said Division 7 Board
Member Cheryl McQueary.
If Joaquin decides to strike the state, whether you are in
the Triad or traveling, know before you go and identify your hurricane
evacuation route. Having an alternative route in place can help save time and
stress if a primary route is closed.
Heavy rain and flash flooding create hazardous driving
conditions, thereby increasing the likelihood of an accident. To help improve
safety and reduce the likelihood of a crash, motorists should take the
• Avoid driving during and immediately after the
• If you must travel, do not drive through flooded
roadways; turn around and take an alternate route;
• If there is no alternate route, head to higher
ground and wait for the water to subside;
• Do not attempt to cross a flooded road even if it
seems shallow; flood waters can carry away vehicles including SUVs and
For a full list of safe driving tips visit http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/safetytips/default.html.
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