Even though Florence has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, we are not yet in the clear!  Today intense rain bands will continue to move onshore with an anticipated 10 to 15 inches of additional rainfall.  

For Wendell, more rain could cause localized flooding and contribute to power outages and falling trees and limbs.     

As power outages may occur, you are encouraged to charge up your phones and other devices so that you may receive news updates.  Information about Tropical Storm Florence is available through the National Weather Service at: and through the local news channels.  

Town of Wendell Police and Public Works staffs have been available since the onset of Florence and they continue to respond to calls for service, clear roads, and open catch basins.  In the event of downed trees, Town of Wendell Public Works will cut and push downed trees to the side of the streets to ensure a passable road network.  The primary focus will be opening Wendell Boulevard and Wendell Falls Parkway followed by streets leading to public services – police, fire, EMS and Town of Wendell facilities.  

In the coming days, the Public Works staff will begin the pick-up of yard debris created by Florence.  Residents are asked to help us help you keep storm drains clear and place the yard debris on the curb and out of the swales.  This change in yard debris placement will assist in keeping our storm drains free of yard debris so the drains may receive the anticipated rain waters.  

If the Town of Wendell experiences downed trees or water across our roads, barricades will be posted and notices placed on the Town’s Facebook and Twitter pages.  For your safety and the safety of our emergency personnel, do not go around the barricade and “Turn Around – Don’t Drown!” 

The Town of Wendell will continue to monitor and assess Florence’s impact on our community with updates on the Town’s Newsfeed, Facebook and Twitter.  

Below is contact information for some of our service providers: 

For an emergency, dial 9-1-1.  

Town of Wendell Openings & Closings:

Police and Public Works are on standby to respond to problems caused by Tropical Storm Florence. 

Town Hall and Wendell Community Center closed at 5 PM Thursday and will remain closed through the weekend.  The Wendell Community Center may re-open Monday, Sept 17th, conditions permitting.  

Shelters and Wake County:

If you are in need of non-emergency information relating to shelters or fulfillment of special needs, you may contact the Wake County Emergency Operations Center at 919-856-7044.   And, you may receive information about resources related to Tropical Storm Florence at 2-1-1

Wake County offices are closed Saturday, September 15, 2018.  This includes libraries, parks, solid waste facilities Human Services client services and others:

Wake County Public School System:

Wake County Public Schools will be closed Thursday, Sept 13 and Friday, Sept 14: 

Duke-Energy outage reporting and status updates:
At any time, customers can report power outages by:

  • Visiting on a desktop computer or mobile device
  • Texting OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply)
  • Calling the automated outage reporting system at 800.769.3766 for Duke Energy customers and 800.419.6356 for Duke Energy Progress customers

For storm or power restoration updates, follow Duke Energy on Twitter (@DukeEnergy) and Facebook (Duke Energy). 

City of Raleigh Public Utilities:

In the event of a loss of water, please call 919-996-3245 and select option #1 to report the outage.

For utility payments, residents may pay their account by phone at 919-996-3245 or via the City of Raleigh’s website at: 

Waste Industries:

For the safety of the communities and the drivers, Waste Industries has suspended pick up on Friday, September 14th and is on one-day delay.  Service for Town of Wendell is anticipated next week on Tuesday, September 18th, conditions permitting.  Customers may visit the Waste Industries website for information at:  If you are unable to access the online information, you may dial 919-662-7100for an automated message on office closure and route suspensions.   

Go Triangle:

Riders may sign up for alerts and check service notices at Riders also are encouraged to download the TransLoc Rider app. For additional questions or if you can’t access the online information, call our GoTransit Regional Information Center at 919-485-7433. Find other tips and information at

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