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Cary Warns Citizens to Stay Off the Ice

Cary PD receives more than two dozen calls for children playing on frozen ponds

Post Date:01/04/2018 5:35 PM
  • The Cary Police Department responded to 26 calls related to youth playing on frozen lakes and ponds; there were no injuries.
  • The A-Team will continue treating streets overnight, focusing on solid waste collection routes. Customers who were not served today will be collected tomorrow.
  • The Chinese Lantern Festival at Booth Amphitheatre is closed this evening; ticket holders may use their tickets at any of the remaining nights of the festival.


Full Release

Cary, NC – Colder temperatures throughout the day kept many drivers off streets but attracted some of Cary’s younger citizens to frozen ponds and lakes. The Cary Police Department responded to 26 calls related to children playing on icy surfaces, two of whom entered the water. There were no injuries, however police warn that while water surfaces may appear frozen, it is not safe to venture out on them. Other calls received since last night’s snow fall include 18 weather-related crashes. Crews will continue to treat Cary’s 766 linear miles of streets throughout the night.

“Current spreading and plowing operations will continue until sundown. After that, spreading operations will continue overnight with a focus on solid waste collection routes. Trouble spots on main thoroughfares and primary streets will be addressed as needed, ” said Scott Hecht, Public Works director. 

Solid waste and recycling collection will resume tomorrow. Wednesday customers who were not served today will be picked up tomorrow; Thursday routes will also be collected tomorrow. Any routes not completed by the end of the day on Friday will be collected on Saturday. Curbside collection assistance customers and those receiving backyard service will be collected at curb only for the rest of week. In addition, yard waste will not be collected for the remainder of this week and will resume on Monday. Leaf collection for Areas 1 and 2 will be completed next week.


  • The Citizens Convenience Center is closed today. It will open with a one hour delay on Friday and Saturday, operating from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • All Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources programs are canceled and staffed facilities are closed for the day.
  • The Chinese Lantern Festival at Booth Amphitheatre is closed this evening. Tonight’s ticket holders may use their tickets at any of the remaining nights of the festival.
  • The Summer Fun Job Fair has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Friday, January 5 from 4-6 p.m. at Bond Park Community Center.

Cary street conditions can be viewed via the Town’s traffic camera system by tuning into Cary TV on Time Warner Cable Channel 11, AT& T Uverse Channel 99 and Google TV Channel 142, and online at As a reminder, the Town does not treat private parking lots, including those in apartment and condominium complexes or at businesses and commercial centers.

Take time now to ensure you’re ready for adverse winter weather:

  • Be proactive and locate and learn how to use your residence’s master water shut off valve in the event of broken utility pipes.
  • Bring your solid waste and recycling bins to the curb, including those living in multi-family units who typically receive backyard service.
  • Do not park on streets so that Town equipment can service the area.
  • Do not attempt to deal with downed limbs or trees on a street or sidewalk on your own since they may be tangled in live power lines; instead call the Town’s non-emergency number at (919) 469-4012.
  • GoCary fixed route and door-to-door transit riders can call the service directly for updates: (919) 481-2020.
  • Be neighborly and check on neighbors to ensure everyone is OK.
  • Stay indoors during severe winter weather. If you do decide to venture out—whether walking or driving—let folks know when and where you are going so that they can contact emergency officials should you fail to reach your destination. Take a cell phone just in case.

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The next update will be at 4 a.m. Friday unless changing conditions warrant sooner actions.




Primary Contacts

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240


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