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Waynesboro discusses Hurricane Florence preparations

waynesboroThe City of Waynesboro is preparing for possible major flooding as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Florence passing over our area later this week.

Heavy and prolonged rainfall is possible with amounts possibly exceeding 10-15 inches. Rainfall of this magnitude over the headwaters and basin of the South River would likely produce significant and potentially catastrophic flooding.

Residents and businesses with interests in floodprone areas need to pay close attention to this storm and be prepared to respond.

A decision on any evacuation will be made during the day on Thursday and will be announced via the City of Waynesboro web page, local media, and the city’s emergency Notification System.

If you have not registered your cell phone and email you may do so on the Emergency Management site of the City of Waynesboro web page:

Sand and sand bags will be available at the municipal parking lot located at the corner of Arch Avenue and Main Street and in the cul-de-sac on Brookside Cove in the Club Court neighborhood. Fishburne Military School cadets and the local Boy Scouts will be helping with filling bags on Wednesday.

An emergency shelter is planned to open Thursday night at Kate Collins Middle School located at 1725 Ivy Street in Waynesboro. The shelter can only accommodate service animals. Domestic pets would need to be sheltered with a local veterinarian, boarding facility or the regional animal disaster shelter at the Riverheads Elementary School located at 17 Howardsville Road Staunton, VA (actually in Greenville)

Please monitor the weather closely.  Updated information will be provided on the city web page as it becomes available: