Special to Iredell Free News

City of Statesville employees have begun preparations for potential weather-related issues that could impact our area from Hurricane Ian. Statesville is anticipating gusty winds and up to six inches of rain Friday through Saturday.

From cleaning out storm drains and filling up gas tanks for city vehicles and equipment, city crews have been busy. Chainsaw blades have been sharpened and supplies checked, and generators, radios and other communication equipment tested to ensure they are in working order.

“We have to be prepared for the worst-case scenario,” said City Manager Ron Smith. “From downed trees and power lines to flooding and road closures, we will have crews on standby ready when needed.”

Citizens are urged to be prepared for emergency situations. Emergency preparedness kits are easy to assemble and can include items such as bottled water, non-perishable foods, blankets, change of clothes, batteries, prescriptions and first aid supplies.

In the event of a power outage, Statesville Electric Utilities customers are asked to report the outage to 704-878-3479 and provide an address and call back number. Please do not call 911 to report a power outage.