Fayetteville city officials outline plan for Hurricane Matthew

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Fayetteville city leaders outlined plans for Hurricane Matthew's potential impact (WTVD)

Fayetteville city leaders said Wednesday they are ready for whatever Hurricane Matthew brings, but they want to make sure residents are prepared as well.

At a joint briefing, city and county officials said their departments are ready to jump into storm mode if needed.

The community is still dealing with problems from last week's floods, though. There are a number of streets that are still closed after the high water washed out sections of pavement and damaged several bridges.

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Department of Transportation workers blocked off part of Hope Mills Road near Camden Road on Wednesday, to repair part of the bridge damaged by the storm waters. Emergency officials warned that because the ground is so saturated with water, wind gusts could cause trees to topple.

The mayor urged Fayetteville residents to stock up on enough food, fuel, and batteries to last 72 hours. Residents should also be prepared for heavy rain, wind damage, and power outages.

The city has launched a hurricane preparedness website that has tips on getting ready for the storm, as well as local updates during the storm about flooded streets, reported damage, and any other storm related information.


The mayor has instructed all residents to secure outdoor equipment and to check on neighbors before and after the storm.

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