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Durham Mayor Issues Curfew

Posted December 5, 2002

— Mayor William Bell issued a proclamation Thursday declaring a State of Emergency in the city of Durham.

The declaration includes a curfew that will be in effect from 5 p.m. until 6 a.m. during the emergency. No alcohol beverages will be allowed to be sold.

The Bull City was one of the first hit when the snow and freezing rain started falling in the Triangle a little Wednesday afternoon.

Secondary roads in Durham looked more like an obstacle course Thursday. Pine treees, bent and bowed, stretched over roads, swallowed up lanes and pulled at power lines.

For the most part, I-40 was free and clear of slush and snow in the Durham area. Drivers venturing out moved at a pretty good clip.

Downtown Durham looked more like a ghost town. Power was sporadic: one block had it, the next one didn't.

"Even my chief deputy has been out with the chain saw," Sheriff Worth Hill said, "cutting the trees so people can get through the streets."

Intersections proved to be the tricky spots in Durham. With no light signals, the rule of the road was proceed with caution.

"It's a whole lot rougher than I think anyone expected," Hill said. "It's one of the worst ice storms I've seen in a long time."

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