Released on September 10, 2018 - 4:37pm

Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced that the City of Laurel is making preparations ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is anticipated to make landfall on the East Coast sometime around Thursday, September 13, 2018.

In anticipation of potential heavy rains and winds that could start around Thursday, and continue into the weekend, Laurel Emergency Operations has made the decision to close Riverfront Park effective immediately today, September 10th, and the Commuter Lot at Lafayette and Main Streets, right in front of the Fred Frederick Dealership and Progressive Insurance, NOT the big Marc Train lot at 1st and Main or the American Legion lot, will be closed beginning with the morning commute on Tuesday, September 11th.

Mayor Moe is also asking residents to prepare for heavy rains and be proactive to prevent flooding around your home by cleaning out your gutters, the areas around your downspouts and ensure any outdoor drains around your home are clear of debris.

Residents who live near creeks and low-lying areas are also being asked to start making preparations for potential flooding.

The City of Laurel’s Emergency Operations Center will open Wednesday morning, September 12th, at 8:00am and they can be reached at 240-294-1314.

For the latest updates on Hurricane Florence, be sure to follow @LaurelCityOEM on Twitter for updates as they become available.

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