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City of Atlanta Government Offices and Municipal Court of Atlanta to Close on Monday, September 11, 2017

Post Date:09/10/2017 6:00 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
 

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell
jgarland@atlantaga.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2017

News Release

City of Atlanta Government Offices and Municipal Court of Atlanta to Close on Monday, September 11, 2017

ATLANTA - The City of Atlanta announced today that government offices and the Municipal Court of Atlanta will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017.  Streetcar service has also been suspended until Tuesday, September 12, 2017. All essential and emergency personnel should report to work at their regularly-scheduled time. All non-essential employees should remain at home. If you have a question about whether or not you are an essential employee, please contact your manager.

The Department of Public Works also announced that trash collection will be suspended on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12.  Monday’s collections will occur on Wednesday, Tuesday’s collections will occur on Thursday, Wednesday’s collections will occur on Friday, Thursday’s collections will occur on Saturday and Friday’s collections will occur on Sunday.  Please keep trash bins secured inside and do not place cans outside until your newly-scheduled pick-up date because of the potential for high winds to blow over the cans and spill contents.
 
The Department of Watershed Management (DWM) has been working diligently to maintain a continuity of operations in response to high winds that could impact power at our water treatment plants. A coordination of efforts has been underway between DWM and the Department of Public Works to ensure that stream beds have been cleared of debris as well as identifying hot spot locations that are often impacted by high water. The DWM team has conducted two sweeps to clear debris from storm drains at 152 locations throughout the city and we are continuously monitoring the level of streams with stream gages that provide real-time monitoring as well as water levels in manholes. As we continue to assess the tropical storm impacts to the city, the DWM team will actively respond to service requests regarding surface flooding and dispatch resources to assess and solve any issues that arise.  
 
As Hurricane Irma approaches the State of Georgia, Atlanta remains under a tropical storm warning. The main threats to the metropolitan Atlanta area are heavy rain, strong winds, possible flooding, and power outages. Residents are encouraged to plan accordingly by following these important tips: 
  • Develop a family disaster plan. 
  • For real time emergency weather notifications, sign up for NotifyATL at www.atlantaga.gov/notifyatl
  • Assemble a disaster supplies kit. 
  • Protect your property prior to the storm: trim trees and shrubbery, make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs, clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.  If you live in a flood plain or are prone to flooding, follow flood preparedness precautions.  
  • Secure planters and outdoor furniture. 
  • If told to evacuate, tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going. 
    After a storm, make a list of any property damage and document with photos and video for insurance claims.  
  • Charge your phone and other electronic devices in case you lose power.  
  • Try to stay off the roads during the storm.
  • If you must drive, do not drive through floodwaters as they can be extremely hazardous. Turn around – don’t drown.  
You can find up-to-date information about preparations by visiting atlantaga.gov or checking the City of Atlanta’s Twitter account at @CityofAtlanta. For information on open shelters in the State of Georgia, please visit the Georgia Emergency Management Agency website at gema.ga.gov.  For the latest information on MARTA schedules, please visit www.itsmarta.com.  

To report downed trees or submit a request for non-emergency services, please visit ATL311.com.  For all emergencies, please call 911.  

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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