Released on September 14, 2018 - 4:38pm

Prepare Now. Don’t Panic. Hurricane Florence Has Made Landfall


There is a possibility that Hurricane Florence will impact our area on Monday or Tuesday, September 17th or 18th—bringing us bouts of heavy rain and a high probability for fresh water flooding.


 Mayor Craig A. Moe is encouraging everyone to use the weekend to prepare for the storm.


Residents and business owners in flood prone areas should take proper precautions for the protection of their families and property.

Stay informed.

  • Sign up for Emergency Alerts from the City of Laurel via Everbridge    You will get telephone messages with critical emergency information for the Laurel area. 
  • Tune into Laurel TV on Comcast channel 996 (HD) and 71 or Verizon channel 12 if you live in the City. Watch a live stream anywhere at
  • Follow us on Twitter @LaurelCityOem if  the Emergency Operations Center is open. At other times, follow @cityoflaurel & @laurelpio for City news
  • Get push notifications on the MyLaurel App.
  • Visit the City of Laurel-Government Facebook page often for safety information.

 Plan and Take Action- Prepare for the unexpected.

The following resources are available to help prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials:


Recycling Bins.


  • Empty refuse and recycling containers can get caught up in heavy rain runoff. Follow the City Ordinance and remove your containers from the public right-of-way. 
  •  Refuse and recycling containers should be placed on the side of the houses.  HOAs should check their common areas for special collection items and remove if possible.


Yard Debris.


  • We strongly suggest using a reusable container (trash can – NOT recycling container) for yard debris.
  • Remember, the City doesn’t collect plastic bags anymore. 
  • If you want to use a plastic bag temporarily to keep your paper yard waste bags from getting soggy and falling apart, that’s okay.  Just remember to roll it down on pickup day on 9/19. Crews will take the paper bag and leave the plastic bag behind.



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