Facilities Services crews are working across campus to prepare buildings and grounds for possible impacts from Hurricane Florence. Outdoor items are being secured or removed when possible, and more than 4,000 sandbags have been placed outside buildings where there is the potential for flooding or water damage. Staff will be monitoring building and environmental systems, and campus generators have been inspected in the event that backup power is required.
The Carolina North Forest single track trails will be closed indefinitely until conditions can be evaluated. Visitors should not attempt to clear or repair forest trails.
Vehicles and equipment are being prepped and staged in the event that emergency response or cleanup operations are required. To report water leaks, flooding, non life-threatening building damage or downed trees, call 919-962-3456. For serious building damage or other conditions that could be a threat to safety, call 9-1-1.
University officials will be closely monitoring campus conditions throughout the weekend. For updates on campus operating conditions, visit www.alertcarolina.unc.edu.
Response and Service Updates
Friday, Sept. 14
Grounds, Housekeeping and Building Services staff have been stationed across campus to monitor building conditions and flood-prone areas.
UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: We are aware that two trees have come down on campus, one at Ridge Road outside Parker residence hall and one in Odum Village. Due to high winds, removal will not be attempted until tomorrow.
Saturday, Sept. 15
Crews are on campus to assess building conditions, clear drains and remove fallen trees.
UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: Grounds Services crews have now removed fallen or damaged trees outside Jackson Hall, Carr Building, the Dogwood Deck and Baity Hill. The uprooted oak tree outside Parker residence hall is in no danger of coming down but is being scheduled for removal.
UPDATE 1:30 p.m: Grounds Services has removed a downed dogwood tree near Kenan Music Building.
UPDATE 3:10 p.m.: Crews have begun to remove sandbags from some areas of campus. Sandbags in areas at higher risk for flooding will remain in place until tomorrow.
Sunday, Sept. 16
A portion of Ridge Road will be closed between Stadium Drive and Country Club Road beginning at 8:30 a.m. for removal of the damaged tree outside Parker residence hall. The road will reopen when removal and cleanup have been completed.
Crews are working across campus to remove tree debris and to clear walkways, roads and parking lots. Sandbags are being collected and removed.
UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: Tree removal and cleanup outside Parker residence hall has been completed and Ridge Road has reopened to through traffic.
Monday, Sept. 17
A tree has uprooted along Raleigh Street between East Cameron Avenue and East Franklin Street. The road has been closed to through traffic; motorists should use Battle Lane or South Columbia Street until the road is reopened.
UPDATE 12:15 p.m.: The uprooted tree along Raleigh Street has now been removed and the road has reopened to through traffic.
UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: A pecan tree between Person and New West has uprooted. The area around the tree has been secured and Grounds Services will remove the tree Tuesday morning.