FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Joint Information Center
City of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
INCLEMENT WEATHER update
City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County offices will open at noon, Thursday, November 13.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport remains open.
- Roadways around the Airport are hazardous.
- Two of the three parallel runways are operational. Runway 36 L closed earlier this afternoon, due to a decline in operational needs and deteriorating weather conditions.
- Aircraft are arriving and departing, however, there are significant delays due to the weather.
- Airport crews will be treating runways and taxiways through the night.
- Approximately 122 aircraft have been deiced today-as of 8:30 pm.
- The Airport has adequate deicing supplies and received two additional shipments this morning.
- Airlines reduced operations at CLT today by 50%.
- Approximately 450 departures from CLT were cancelled today by airlines that serve CLT. Many of these were pre-cancellations.
- The Airport continues to assist passengers who may be remaining in the terminal overnight. Extra staff is on hand and will distribute cots, mats, blankets and pillows to passengers who need them.
HMS Host, the Airport’s concessionaire, is keeping some restaurants open through the night for customers.
- The Airport is monitoring weather forecasts and is working closely with the airlines in looking toward tomorrow’s operations.
- Customers are advised to please continue checking with their airlines for updated flight status before leaving to come to the Airport.
Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)
CDOT is plowing and salting priority 1 routes, which include:
Major and minor thoroughfares
Assistance to police, fire and medic
Emergencies that are reported
Residential collector streets
Then neighborhood streets
CAUTION: Ice may form on streets and sidewalks Wednesday night and Thursday morning. This is treacherous!
- Drive slower
- Allow extra following distance, especially around heavy equipment treating roads
- Watch out for pedestrians and motorists
- If possible, stay off the streets
Call CharMeck 311 or 704-326-3200 to request help
City crews are collaborating with NCDOT to clear Independence Boulevard and may also help treat other interstates in the Uptown Charlotte area. CDOT also has hired contractors to assist City crews.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
LYNX Blue line is scheduled to operate a normal schedule tomorrow starting at 5:30 a.m. with possible delays due to weather conditions. The deicing and clearing of stations and park n ride lots is on-going, and customers are advised to use caution when entering and exiting the stations for possible slippery conditions.
Due to extreme weather and road conditions, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will begin LIMITED bus service starting at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 13.
Initial routes starting at 10:00 a.m. are: Routes: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,13,17,19,20,22,27
Other routes will be added throughout the day as conditions allow. Express routes will NOT operate on Thursday.
Passengers should be prepared for some delays or detours to avoid unsafe road conditions.
Special Transportation Service (STS), which is the door-to-door service CATS provides to the disabled, will still operate as normal, as long as road conditions allow.
The most up to date information on bus routes operating, detours or delays is available on CATS website www.ridetransit.org
and our twitter account @CATSridetransit. CATS call center will be operational, however due to the large volume of phone calls received customers should expect long waits to talk with customer service agents.
Solid Waste Services
SWS has suspended all garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection services for Thursday, February 13th. Crews will assist CDOT with snow removal.
American Red Cross and Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management
The American Red Cross, together with Mecklenburg County and Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management still operating a Warming Center to make sure everyone can escape from the cold.
As of 6 pm, 145 people were at the warming station, which will remain open until noon tomorrow, Thursday, February 13. The Center is located at 618 North College Street in the Mecklenburg County Homeless Resource Center.
Local partners listed below have shelter accommodations available:
- Salvation Army Women’s Shelter (for women, children and single women) 534 Spratt Street, Charlotte
- Men’s Shelter of Charlotte 1210 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte
- Urban Ministry/Room At The Inn 945 North College Street, Charlotte
All evening county activities postponed or cancelled
All court sessions scheduled for Thursday, February 13 are cancelled.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg libraries will be closed Thursday, February 13.
Car accidents: 209 total accidents (194 property damage, 15 personal injury)
When not responding to calls for service, CMPD and CFD will be checking all abandoned vehicles for occupancy. A strip of emergency tape will be tied to the driver’s door of all vehicles cleared.
- Avoid the roadways if at all possible as weather conditions intensify.
- If you do have to drive, be sure to increase following distance between you and vehicle in front of you.
- Use 311 for non-emergency calls for service.
- Call 911 only for emergency purposes.
Charlotte Fire Department
Stay Warm – Alternative heaters need their space. Keep anything that can catch fire at least three feet away. Be sure to have working smoke alarms and an escape plan for any emergency that may occur in your home.
Stay Safe – Always use a flashlight – not a candle – for emergency lighting.
Consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles and fragrance warmers, which can look, smell and feel like real candles – without the flame.
Stay Alive - Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal¬ burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Be sure to have carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
Sign up emergency alerts at charmeckalerts.org.