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Durham City, County Declare States Of Emergency

Posted September 18, 2003 10:41 a.m. EDT

— The city and county of Durham each declared a state of emergency Thursday night.

The announcements came about 6 p.m., when the heavy rain from Hurricane Isabel caused reports of flooding in many low-lying areas near the Eno River.

Despite the announcement, Duke University will operate on regular schedule Friday.

Because of power outages, the Red Cross and Durham County have opened a shelter at Hillside High School on Fayetteville Street. They expect the shelter to remain open through 11 a.m. Friday. It is a general population shelter, and residents will need to bring their own food, bedding supplies, etc.

City and county officials said they will review the emergency situation at daylight Friday and issue updated information.

The state-of-emergency declarations include a ban on all craft on the Eno and its tributaries.