In anticipation of a winter storm that could bring as much as half an inch of ice to parts of Orange County, Board of Commissioners Chair Renee Price declared a state of emergency for Orange County, North Carolina, effective at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The declaration will remain in effect until it is rescinded.
Orange County Government services will operate on a two-hour delay on Thursday. No decision has been made on Friday. Solid Waste will collect recycling as normal Thursday. Orange County's COVID testing sites will be closed Thursday.
The public is encouraged to prepare for power outages that could last for days, said Orange County Emergency Services Director Kirby Saunders. The ice accumulation could cause trees to fall on power lines or across roadways, making travel treacherous.
Citizens are asked to remain alert for fallen trees, dead trees and dead tree limbs through the weekend. To report downed trees blocking a roadway, call 911. Please provide information about the size of the tree and whether the roadway is passable. This will aid emergency service in better responding to the hazard. For downed trees on private property, contact the primary insurer of the property, and then contact a private debris removal company. Report non-emergency storm damage to Orange County Emergency services using our online form.
If you lose power, do not call 911. Please reserve 911 for emergency use only. Piedmont Electric Membership Cooperation customers call 800.222.3107. Duke Energy customers call 800.419.6356 or visit www.duke-energy.com/outages.