Greenville State of Emergency begins at 5 p.m.
By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Greenville, starting at 5 p.m. today because of the high probability of heavy rain, winds, and potential flooding in the area as a result of Hurricane Dorian.
Pitt County Schools also has cancelled classes Thursday and Friday. East Carolina University classes beginning at or after noon Thursday are cancelled as are all classes on Friday. This includes face-to-face and online classes. Pitt Community College will close at 5 p.m. today and all classes after 5 p.m. are cancelled.
Connelly’s proclamation provides the Greenville Police Department with the ability to restrict or deny access to any area, location, or street where such a restriction is necessary in order to help overcome an emergency or to prevent the emergency from worsening. At this time, no such restrictions have been put in place.
Due to the forecast and the potential effects of the approaching Hurricane Dorian, the City of Greenville will activate its Emergency Operations Center at 2 p.m. Thursday.
The City has also taken the following precautions:
- GREAT Bus services will end at 5 p.m. Thursday. At this time, Friday service is not anticipated.
The City of Greenville has cancelled sanitation collection for Friday with those routes being collected Thursday.
All Recreation and Parks facilities will close at 5 p.m. Thursday. All Recreation and Parks programs and fitness classes scheduled after 5 p.m. on Thursday are cancelled.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission meeting scheduled for today is cancelled. The Environmental Advisory Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday also is cancelled.
City officials are continuing to monitor the storm and additional changes are likely to be announced Thursday.
Please note that while localized flooding is possible in all areas, some areas of the city are more prone to flooding during heavy rain events. Potential flood zones in Greenville include:
- 14th Street and Charles Boulevard (Both sides of Dollar General)
- 10th Street and College Hill
- First Street and Brownlea Drive
- Reade Street and Cotanche Street
- Evans Street and Deck Street
- Evans Street and Arlington Boulevard
- Dickinson Avenue Underpass
- Old Tar Road
Residents should make every effort to stay off the roads during the storm, but those who must travel in flood-prone areas are advised to stay alert for standing water and the potential that some streets could be blocked if flooding occurs. If you encounter flooding, the following safety tips are recommended:
Remember that flash flooding can occur even if it is not raining in your area because it could be raining harder upstream.
Never attempt to drive through water covering a roadway or bridge. Keep in mind that it does not take a lot of water to incapacitate a vehicle, and there may not be a road under the water.
Watch for flooding at bridges and dips in the road.
Watch for debris (rocks, limbs, etc.) that may be caught in moving water and can be dangerous if you are forced to walk or swim through flood waters.
Stay on high ground as much as possible.
To report an emergency situation during the storm, call 911. For all other storm-related information from the City, please call the City's hotline at 252-329-4614.
Flooding is not the only concern associated with the heavy rainfall. The grounds are already saturated, and the additional water may loosen the dirt around trees and power lines. High winds that are often associated with a tropical system could cause the trees or power lines to fall. If you encounter a downed power line, do not touch it and call the Greenville Utilities Commission emergency hotline immediately at 1-855-767-2482. Always assume that a power line is live and dangerous.
The City of Greenville will continue to post updates on city preparations and any other important information related to Hurricane Dorian on the city's social media accounts, the city's cable channel GTV-9, and on the city website. Here is a look at how you can follow each:
GTV-9: Suddenlink Cable Channel 9
City website: www.greenvillenc.gov
East Carolina University
The campus will remain open during this weather event, and core services such as dining and housing remain in place. Normal campus operations, including football game day preparations, are expected to resume on Saturday.
Class cancellation does not mean evacuation of campus. As of this message, Pitt County is NOT under a mandatory evacuation order nor is it expected to be.
For employees, beginning at noon Thursday and continuing until 5 p.m. Friday the university will operate under Condition 1 of the UNC System Adverse Weather and Emergency Event policy. Employees should check with their managers regarding schedules and alternate work locations. For details about the Adverse Weather and Emergency Event Policy and Condition levels, visit www.ecu.edu/prr/06/45/02 .
Forecasts for the Greenville area call for 20-40 mph winds with higher gusts possible and 5-7 inches of rain. Some flash flooding can be expected on city streets, similar to what Greenville experiences during strong thunderstorms. Do not drive, swim or walk through floodwaters. Current forecasts anticipate the Tar River remaining below flood level, and we are monitoring this forecast closely.
Students on campus and in Greenville, as well as in other affected areas, are advised to monitor forecasts and conditions and make responsible decisions. Models vary on the timing eastern North Carolina may begin to see effects, but the strongest effects are expected late Thursday and overnight into Friday. Emergency response vehicles will not operate when sustained winds reach 40 mph.
Residence halls on our campus are substantially built and often are the safest place for students to be, especially for those students whose families reside in areas east and south of Greenville that will experience greater storm effects. Police and other personnel will be strategically positioned on campus to respond to any emergencies or needs, as well as for the safety of our students, faculty and staff.
For updates on additional campus programs and services including dining hall and retail options as well as ECU Transit, the Student Recreation Center, Student Health Services and the Student Centers on both campuses, visit https://studentaffairs.ecu.edu/.
If you live in off-campus housing and are unsure whether your house or complex is in a low-lying area or is prone to flooding, contact your property manager now and ask.
Pitt County Emergency Management website is available here: https://bit.ly/PittReady .
ECU Physicians clinics will be open Thursday and Friday; evening clinics will be closed Thursday. Information is available on a special hotline: 252-744-5080 or 1-800-745-5181. Dental patients should call 252-737-7834 for appointments in Ross Hall or their respective Community Service Learning Centers. Staff at the Community Service Learning Centers should contact their supervisors regarding work schedules.
Please note that if the storm takes a dramatic shift or if conditions on campus are expected to worsen, the university may send out an updated message. Monitor ecu.edu/alert for updates.
Pitt Community College
While classes are cancelled Thursday and Friday, an announcement regarding the status of Saturday classes, will be announced by 2 p.m. Friday.
PCC officials will continue monitoring conditions to determine if additional closures or delays are necessary. If so, they will be communicated via PCC’s website (www.pittcc.edu), web portal announcements (my.pittcc.edu), PCC-issued email accounts and local media stations. Students and employees who have registered for messaging alert notification via myPittCC will receive a text message as well.