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City of Wilmington post-Irene update

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THIS INFORMATION FROM A NEWS RELEASE SENT TO THE WWAY NEWSCHANNEL 3 NEWSROOM

First and foremost, citizens are encouraged to stay at home as strong winds continue. The city's Emergency Operations Center remains activated and fire and police personnel are responding to calls as needed. The city has received minimal reports of downed trees; crews are being dispatched to clear trees from intersections as needed. Major clean up of debris will begin next week. Citizens are asked not to call 911 to reports downed trees or flooding. Here are the numbers to call:

Call 341-4646 to report flooding or other stormwater issues within city limits
Call 341-7852 to report trees or tree limbs blocking roadways within city limits.

To report downed power lines and power outages, call Progress Energy at (800) 419-6356.

Here are a couple of reminders from our public safety personnel:

The Wilmington Fire Department reminds everyone not to leave candles burning unattended. Also, make sure generators are venting harmful fumes outside. Never refuel a hot generator and allow generators to cool for at least 20 minutes. David Hines, the department's PIO, is available at 910-470-2611 to provide more information or interviews.

The Wilmington Police Department reminds everyone that because of widespread power outages, traffic signals may be out at intersections. Intersections without signals are considered four-way stops. Travel is not encouraged, but anyone who must travel is asked to proceed with caution and avoid areas with high water.

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