Wake Forest preparing for Tropical Storm Isaias

WAKE FOREST, NC – Town officials are monitoring the threat posed by Tropical Storm Isaias which could bring up to four inches of rain to Wake County and wind gusts of up to 40 mph. All residents are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and be prepared for changing weather conditions.

In addition to issuing a Tropical Storm Watch for our area, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for portions of central North Carolina, including Wake and Franklin counties, from 2 p.m. Monday through Tuesday afternoon. Rainfall amounts of two to four inches are expected. Areas of heavy rainfall may produce flooding, especially in low-lying and poor drainage areas. 

Monday evening is expected to be the time period that is most impactful for much of the forecast area.

All Town facilities are expected to remain open and operate according to their normal schedules. In the meantime, Public Works personnel are clearing obstructions from storm drains along local streets and roadways. You can assist in this effort and help prevent flooding by clearing debris from storm drains along your streets.

Street Flooding Hazards

The following Wake Forest-area streets are prone to flooding and should be approached cautiously during significant rainfall events:

  • Durham Road/NC-98, Richland Creek
  • East Juniper Avenue near North Allen Road
  • East Juniper Avenue near North White Street
  • Forestville Road, Toms Creek
  • Forestville Road, Sanford Creek
  • Harris Road, Richland Creek
  • Heritage Heights Lane, 1300 Block
  • Jenkins Road, Horse Creek
  • Ligon Mill Road, Smith Creek
  • Ligon Mill Road, Toms Creek
  • North Main Street, Walnut Avenue to Cedar Avenue
  • North White Street, Juniper Street to Flaherty Avenue
  • Oak Grove Church Road, Dunn Creek
  • Purnell Road at Jackson Road, Horse Creek
  • Purnell Road, Mud Branch
  • Rogers Road, Sanford Creek
  • Rogers Road, Smith Creek
  • West Oak Avenue, Richland Creek
  • Wait Avenue, Dunn Creek
  • Wall Road, Wallridge Drive to Harris Road
  • Watkins Farm Road at Young Street

Town officials are urging residents to stay informed, have emergency plans in place and be prepared for the possibility of heavy rain, flooding, power outages and strong winds. In anticipation of the storm, residents are also encouraged to consider the following: 

  • Inventory hurricane emergency supplies and restock if necessary;
  • In case of power outages (and credit cards cannot be used), secure adequate cash to operate for several days;
  • Be sure medications (including oxygen tanks) are filled;
  • Tie down or bring indoors any objects that might be blown around by hurricane winds (outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, display racks, signs and any other loose objects that are normally left outside);
  • Secure all items that cannot be brought inside;
  • Ensure that all vehicles are serviced and fueled. Determine where they can be stored during the storm;
  • Be sure to have needed supplies for your pets;
  • Have a flashlight and extra batteries within reach. Flashlights provide the safest emergency lighting source; 
  • Charge smartphones, cell phones, power packs and tablets.

In the event severe weather occurs, the Town will issue regular updates through a variety of means. To stay informed residents can: 

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