As Tropical Storm Michael caused widespread power outages and significant damages to homes in Robbins, the town has declared a State of Emergency Friday.
For residents, the State of Emergency “encourages citizens to stay home and off primary and secondary roads if reasonably possible and to limit necessary travel to daylight hours so as not to interfere with efforts of emergency and repair crews.”
Robbins’ residents are also encouraged to conserve food, water, and fuel.
Several major roads in Robbins are impassable and hazardous due to fallen trees and power lines from Michael. Plank, North Moore and part of N.C. 705 North are closed.
Town Manager David Lambert demonstrates water level from Florence in pumping station in Sept. (Photo by Chris Prentice/Sandhills Sentinel)
According to the State of Emergency, “Robbins’ utility systems were left unstable by Tropical Storms Florence and Michael which places the utility system in further jeopardy.”
The declared State of Emergency allows the town to immediately purchase over $10,000 of equipment, goods and services without obtaining approval from the Board of Commissioners to ensure that water, sewer, and other services are available to citizens so as not to create unsanitary conditions.
Tropical Storm Florence caused damaged to the town’s infrastructures in September. The town’s public water and waste treatment facilities were severely damaged due to flooding.
Feature photo by photographer Chris Prentice/Sandhills Sentinel: Utility crews in Robbins during Tropical Storm Michael.