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Laurel mayor declares Municipal Civil Emergency to prepare for heavy rain, high winds

Hurricane Joaquin
(National Hurricane Center)

Laurel Mayor Craig Moe declared a Municipal Civil Emergency in the city Friday because of the threat of flooding and the predicted rainfall from the Nor'easter and Hurricane Joaquin.

This state of emergency will remain in effect until further notice. Laurel residents are urged to prepare for damage that could result from the rain and high winds.

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The National Weather Service is predicting two inches of rain and wind gusts of 25 mph, and the area is under a Flood Watch until 8 a.m. Saturday.

Residents are asked to consider the following:

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• Turn on TV/radio to receive weather updates and emergency instructions.

• Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly.

• Build or restock emergency preparedness kit, and include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

• Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to highest floor possible to protect them from flood damage.

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For the latest weather updates, follow @laurelpio on Twitter. Check in often to our CityofLaurel-government Facebook page for updates.

If we have to open our Emergency Operations Center, follow @LaurelCityOEM, Office Of Emergency Management, for critical safety information.

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