Photo by Ernie Rogers – CHTC parking lot.

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt issued a proclamation Monday declaring Chapel Hill in a state of emergency.

The proclamation gives Town Manager, Roger Stancil, the ability to take any necessary actions to ensure the safety of the Town’s citizens, including opening any shelters that are needed. It also authorizes him to modify or require any regulations and fees necessary to ensure public safety. Mayor Kleinschmidt also formally ordered that all citizens and emergency management personnel to comply with the emergency action plan.

The proclamation was put into effect immediately and will expire 30 days from its inception, unless another proclamation withdraws it or modifies it.

The Mayor’s memo came a week after flood waters greatly damages homes and businesses in Chapel Hill.

To read the full proclamation by Mayor Kleinschmidt of the state of emergency in Chapel Hill, click here.