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Ian prompts cancellation of outdoor recreation programs, garbage pickup changes


(Editor's note: This story has been updated with the latest information on city services affected by Tropical Storm Ian.)

With heavy rain and strong wind expected Friday and Saturday as a result of Tropical Storm Ian, Fayetteville officials have decided to close city offices and recreation centers and adjust garbage pickup schedules for Friday and Saturday.

In anticipation of heavy rain, Cumberland County Schools said Thursday that students will be in remote learning on Friday. Click here for more on schools storm plan.

Essential city services such as law enforcement and fire protection will operate as normal, according to a news release.  


Waste Management will move the scheduled recycling collection from Friday, Sept. 30, to Saturday, Oct. 1.  

All outdoor activities scheduled Friday by Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation are canceled, according to a news release from the city. Outdoor games scheduled for Saturday also are canceled.

The city also canceled an information session on the Nov. 8 bond referendums that was scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Friday at Tokay Senior Fitness Center.

Fayetteville, Cumberland County expecting strong wind, heavy rain from Ian.

Pickup of household waste, yard waste, limbs and bulky items will be suspended on Friday, the release said. Household waste normally collected on Fridays will be collected next Wednesday. Residents should place containers and carts out on Tuesday night.

Residents who normally have recycling pickup by Waste Management on Friday will have pickup on Saturday, the release said.

FAST Transit buses will operate on a normal schedule unless wind conditions become dangerous for traffic, the release said.

Fayetteville Regional Airport will operate on a normal schedule.

To make a personal storm plan, city officials urge residents to visit ready.gov/plan.

In advance of the storm, the Fayetteville Fire Department is checking and cleaning area roads of storm drain debris, the release said. The city Engineering and Construction Management teams are securing active construction sites, and inspectors are checking stormwater control systems. Streets and traffic crews are cleaning catch basins, the release said. 

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