Ahoskie to enforce curfew

Published 6:49 pm Friday, August 26, 2011

AHOSKIE – Town of Ahoskie officials are implementing measures in an effort to keep residents safe during Hurricane Irene.

On Friday afternoon, Ahoskie Mayor Linda Blackburn signed a document declaring the town will operate under a state of emergency based upon the expected severity of the storm.

The measure includes a curfew, it bans the sale of alcoholic beverages at retail outlets, restaurants and bars until 12 noon on Sunday and imposes a voluntary evacuation of residents that reside in low-lying areas of the town.

“I have determined that, in the best interest of public safety and protection, it is necessary to evacuate the civilian population in low lying areas, areas close to rivers and creeks as well as residents in mobile homes,” said Blackburn.  “Citizens are free to use any type of transportation, but they are to use only highway/route in leaving the affected area.  Evacuation is to occur as soon as possible.  Further proclamation concerning evacuation will be issued as needed.”

The town’s curfew, which applies to those living in town and within a one mile radius of Ahoskie, will be imposed from 8 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday. It requires everyone, with the exception of town personnel and emergency responders, to be inside a house or dwelling during those times.

The sale, consumption, transportation, or possession of alcoholic beverages will be prohibited from 10 p.m. Friday until 12 noon on Sunday. However, a legal age individual may possess or consume alcoholic beverages on their property.

Additionally, the town banned the sale of firearms, ammunition and explosives between the hours of 10 p.m. Friday until 12 noon on Sunday.

All civilians and emergency response personnel are ordered to comply with the emergency response plan.

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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