ENC in preparation mode due to Isaias

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(WNCT) Eastern North Carolina is in preparation mode as a result of the threat of Isaias.

Residents are asked to take emergency precautions now for the storm as the timing could change.

Residents who might not feel comfortable in their regular residence might want to reach family or friends as shelters will have COVID-19 precautions and limited space.

City Street Crews are inspecting storm drains for any clogs and inspecting catch basins within the City.

Other staffers are preparing for the storm by testing generators and inspecting City buildings for issues.

The City of Jacksonville expects to pick up garbage and recycling as normal on Monday, barring any differences in the forecast.

As Jacksonville is still in the early hours mode, residents are asked to have their residential garbage and recycling containers to the curb by 6 AM, Monday.

Crews will make one pass through the route, and those not at the curb by 6 AM will not be serviced on Monday.

Containers that are emptied will be laid down after service on Monday. Residents are asked to secure the containers to avoid them being blown around.

For those not moved before the winds come, laying them down will help avoid some issues.

The timing for garbage and recycling pickup could change if the timing for the storm changes.

Jacksonville has been in contact with the contractor for large debris should there be any after the storm.

Further communication with Crowder-Gulf is expected to take place on Monday.

At this time, Jacksonville expects to activate the Jacksonville Emergency Operations Center Sunday evening, but the timing could change that decision.

The City of Washington is also making preparations.

“Our location next to the river, at a relatively low level. It makes us susceptible to stormwater as well as storm surge,” said Washington City Manager Jonathan Russell.

Greenville Utilities PIO Steve Hawley says the city should be ready for whatever comes their way.

“I think we’re pretty well prepared. So we’re just going to wait,” said Hawley.

While we wait to see how Isaias unfolds, city officials are asking people to ensure they have emergency kits and escape plans in case of an emergency.

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