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September 12, 2018 4:00 PM

Notification Regarding State of Emergency and Office Closings Sept. 12, 2018

Mayor David McNeill has declared a State of Emergency for the Town of Southern Pines effective at 5 pm September 12th based on National Weather Service predictions of heavy rains, high winds, flooding and power outages across the Sandhills Region.

Town offices and facilities, to include the Library and Recreation and Parks programs, will be closed beginning Thursday September 13th through Sunday September 16th. The Thursday route for trash pickup has been canceled and will resume next Thursday while a decision regarding Friday’s route will be made tomorrow. Residents are asked to remain sheltered during this weather event and stay off the roads so that emergency workers can best respond to any situations caused by this major storm.

In addition to Town crews being prepared to address localized incidents, Moore County has issued its own Declaration and will open a shelter at the Agriculture Center in Carthage at 5 pm today in advance of Hurricane Florence landfall. Duke Energy has imported crews from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Florida and staged them statewide, while Governor Cooper has also declared an emergency and placed 2800 National Guard on standby effective later this evening.

Residents may report power outages to Duke Energy by calling 1-800-419-6356. Blocked roads should be reported by calling the Southern Pines Police Dispatch Center at 910-692-7031. Should the effects of the hurricane dictate further cancelations or any changes to this information, an update will be provided at that time.
Reagan D. Parsons

Southern Pines Town Manager

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Latest Update:

September 18, 2018 11:05 AM

The State of Emergency declared in Southern Pines will continue until further notice. Power has been restored to the Finance and Planning Office and the building has been reopened to the public. The Town of Southern Pines Library continues to experience difficulties with power and will remain closed until further notice.

TRASH ONLY from the Monday and Tuesday garbage routes is being picked up today and the route schedule will return to normal Wednesday September 19th. Recycling and yard waste pickup will resume on Monday September 24th.

Duke Energy has successfully restored power to most areas, however individual addresses may still be experiencing problems. Issues regarding ongoing power difficulties should be directed to Duke Energy at 1-800-419-6356. The Town does not have scheduling authority over Duke line crews or their contractors.

Thank you for your continued patience throughout recovery efforts from this significant storm event.


Reagan D. Parsons

Southern Pines Town Manager

Prior Updates

September 17, 2018 6:42 PM

The State of Emergency declared in Southern Pines will continue until further notice. As of this evening, the Town of Southern Pines Library and Planning/Finance/Utility Billing Offices continue to experience difficulties with power and will remain closed until further notice. Utility Billing and Inspections offices will be available via their normal phone lines. The administration office will return to regular hours on Tuesday September 18th and will be open to the Public. Waste Industries will resume pick-ups when sufficient personnel are available. A CodeRed announcement will be sent out as soon as the schedule is provided to the Town.

With winds and rains having subsided for the time being, Duke Energy and their contractors intend to work throughout the evening in an effort to restore power to those still effected by the mass outages. Issues regarding ongoing power problems should be directed to Duke Energy at 1-800-419-6356.

Thank you for your continued patience throughout recovery efforts from this significant storm event.

Reagan D. Parsons
Southern Pines Town Manager

September 16, 2018 5:23 PM

The State of Emergency declared in Southern Pines will continue until further notice. As challenges continue with flooding, road closures, and power outages throughout the Sandhills area, Town of Southern Pines offices will remain closed on Monday September 17th. Emergency responders will continue to work throughout the coming days in response to the effects of Hurricane Florence. Residents are asked to remain patient and use sound judgement when traveling the area. Localized flooding, removal of debris, and work on downed power lines will mandate road closures and detours in addition to traffic signals potentially remaining non-functional until power is fully restored.

Waste Industries plans to pick up the Monday route beginning with a two hour delay. Should their employees have difficulty getting to work, these plans are subject to change.

Residents may report any new or additional power outages as trees continue to come down to Duke Energy by calling 1-800-419-6356. Blocked roads should be reported by calling the Southern Pines Police Dispatch Center at 910-692-7031.

Thank you to all of the men and women tirelessly responding to the many scenarios being thrown at them during this extreme weather event, the businesses and individuals that have stepped forward to support them, and the general public for your patience, understanding, and willingness to remain at home and allow emergency workers to perform their jobs without unnecessary interference.
Reagan D. Parsons

Southern Pines Town Manager