Stolen grates leave hazardous holes in Wake Forest
Posted December 15, 2013
Wake Forest, N.C. — As many as 16 storm drain grates were stolen this weekend from the St. Andrews Plantation, Stonegate and Caveness Farms subdivisions, according to the Wake Forest Police Department.
Without grates, storm drains are left open, often with a drop of more than 10 feet. It is easy for children, animals and even adults to fall in, or for vehicles to sustain damage by driving into them.
Crews are working to replace the missing grates as soon as possible. In the meantime, cones marked open storm drains. Residents were urged to avoid open drains and to not move the cones.
The grates, which can weigh over 100 pounds, only fetch $15-$20 when sold for scrap metal, according to the police department. Replacing the grates will cost the town hundreds of dollars each.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.