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Clayton closes, greenways off limits

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CLAYTON- All Town of Clayton facilities including Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, The Clayton Center, and Clayton Parks and Recreation's Community Center will close at 5 p.m. Thursday and re-open on Friday at 10 a.m. The town's greenways and parks will also be off-limits after 5 p.m. today due to safety concerns. The utility bill drop-off outside town Hall will be not be available overnight. 

Town Public information Officer Stacy Beard said All Star waste crews will start at 7 a.m. Fridau to finish up Thursday garbage and recycling routes and begin Friday collection.

Beard said that, for now, the free concert with The Embers sponsored by HomeTowne Realty is still on for Friday at 6 p.m.

"Our Mayor (Jody McLeod) has declared a state of emergency," said Beard. "Our Emergency Operations Center at the Clayton Fire Department at 5 tonight where staff from police, fire, electric, utilities and others monitor the storm and dispatch crews."

Beard said the latest briefing from the US National Weather Service Raleigh calls for the worst of the rain and wind to begin after midnight and be gone by 8 a.m. Friday.  She urged Clayton residents to stay inside and off the roads Thursday night.

"Sign up for JoCo Alerts to get critical, time-sensitive weather and emergency alerts via email, text or phone call," said Beard. "If you'd like updates or to follow along as we weather this storm, please check our website, check our Facebook page TownofClayton or follow us on Twitter @TownofClayton or @ClaytonPolice."