City of Greensboro News Release: April 18 storm recovery update

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CITY OF GREENSBORO Contact: Jake Keys
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-373-2105

April 18 Storm Recovery Update

GREENSBORO, NC (April 18, 2018) – City of Greensboro and community partners continued to work on storm recovery efforts today. City crews helped secure areas for Duke Energy to make progress on power restoration. As of 5:25 p.m., about 2,400 customers remained without power. That is an improvement from about 4,000 that were without power this morning.

Greensboro Field Operations tree removal crews have been working in park and open spaces until they get clearance from Duke Energy. They hauled away 149 tons of debris Tuesday. There are plans to mobilize additional tree removal contractors as early as this week.

Other efforts include, but are not limited to:
n Twenty-five employee volunteers canvassed neighborhoods on foot, distributing handouts listing support services and safety tips. Eighteen Fire Department recruits will canvass neighborhoods and distribute handouts on Thursday. Parks and Recreation staff will canvass neighborhoods to collect information about needs of impacted residents.
n The Fire Department will give Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives a tour on Thursday.
n Greensboro Community Relations will set up a Disaster Resource Center at the Willow Oaks Community Center with assistance from the Red Cross and Guilford County Department of Social Services.
n The Housing Hub will coordinate rehousing resources for individuals whose homes are uninhabitable. Greensboro Housing Coalition will serve as the lead agency and handle intake efforts.
n Greensboro Community Development Fund will provide small gap loans with expedited approval to businesses waiting for insurance claims. Call 336-256-9350 for more information.
n The Volunteer Center, with the help of NC A&T students, responded to more than 600 people who called the City Contact Center to volunteer.
n Windsor Recreation Center will continue to operate 24 hours per day as an American Red Cross Disaster Shelter. Those needing shelter, showers, or support services are encouraged to visit Windsor. Residents can visit Peeler Recreation Center to receive supplies on a first-come, first-served basis.

n The Hayes Taylor YMCA is open to members of the public who wish to take a hot shower and charge cell phones. The facility is open from 5 am to 9 pm.
n Police officers manned 32 traffic posts and reopened Market Street, Wendover Avenue, and Bessemer Avenue in both directions. Some roads will be temporarily closed as power crews make repairs.

n Many City staffers are working extended shifts to meet emergency response needs, including water crews, which will work 12-hour shifts Thursday and Friday and 10-hour shifts on Saturday.
n The Greensboro Department of Transportation will make rounds to fix damaged street signs.
n Parks & Recreation will create a consolidated list of donation efforts, and is organizing food trucks to serve neighborhoods in need.

n The McGirt-Horton Library is open and offering programs and services for youth and adults in area neighborhoods without power. Library staff canvassed the nearby Claremont Courts to invite residents.
n Engineering and Inspections is working with Duke Energy to educate contractors about permits.
n The GSO Collects app, which provides information about trash and recycling collection, has changed its name to Tornado Debris Collection. It is available online.

City staff will continue to meet daily to review and update progress.

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Amanda Lehmert, Communications Specialist
Communications and Marketing
City of Greensboro
Phone: 336-373-7786
PO Box 3136, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136
www.greensboro-nc.gov
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