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Wet day ahead; Flood Watch in Wilkes, Surry counties

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  • Angela Hamby sent us this photo of a flooded creek in Ferguson, which is in Wilkes County.

  • Angela Hamby sent us this photo of a flooded creek in Ferguson, which is in Wilkes County.

Greensboro firefighters in Md. for Sandy recovery efforts

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro firefighters are among the Piedmont Triad’s emergency response to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Six members of the department’s Swift Water Rescue team deployed to Cristfield, Md. on Monday evening  The team joins two others from Raleigh and Charlotte.

The rescuers worked a day straight checking on flooded homes, businesses and performing a medical rescue effort before resting in Salisbury, where they’re awaiting word on the next assignment or the go-ahead to return home.

Greensboro Fire Chief Steve Zimmerman on Wednesday morning spoke about the mission with FOX8′s Nicole Ferguson. 

Local Red Cross volunteers leave for Sandy

GREENSBORO, N.C. — About a dozen volunteers with Greensboro’s Heart of Carolina Red Cross have packed up and headed to several locations to help prepare for Hurricane Sandy.

Six volunteers have been sent to the areas including Delaware, New Jersey and parts of North Carolina.

Another half dozen have headed to Watauga County with two emergency response vehicles as they anticipate problematic snow this week resulting from Sandy.

The volunteers are supporting shelter staff and preparing meals.

FULL COVERAGE: Hurricane Sandy

In the video above, Melanie McDonough talks about needed monetary and blood donations, as well as the Red Cross’ Hurricane app that helps people keep up with loved ones in Sandy’s path.

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Code Orange Alert Issued for Triad Counties Wednesday

Code Orange Alert Issued for Triad Counties Wednesday

Code Orange air quality alerts have been issued for Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance, Davidson, Randolph, Rockingham, Caswell, Davie and Stokes counties for Wednesday.

A Code Orange alert is called when air pollution levels are predicted to become Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.  

Code Orange levels are between 101 and 150 on the Air Quality Index.  

The alert should be short-lived as a backdoor cold front will approach the area on Thursday. Increased clouds and instability will limit ozone production and keep levels yellow.

Source: The Forsyth County Environmental Affairs Department.

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Fire Reported in Greensboro Home Friday

Fire Reported in Greensboro Home Friday

Two people escaped a burning home without injury Friday in Greensboro, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Greensboro firefighters were called to 227 Lawrence St. at 10:09 a.m. and had the blaze under control in moments.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the paper. No further details were provided.

Source: The Greensboro News & Record.

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Guilford County Schools Announce Makeup Days

Guilford County Schools announced days it will makeup school since school was closed December 16th and 17th due to bad weather.

Schools on the traditional calendar will go to school on January 3rd and February 25th.

Middle Colleges and academies will makeup days on December 20th and January 4th.

The Early College at Guilford will have school on December 20th and January 3rd.

Hampton Elementary University Partnership Magnet will go to school on January 10th.

Oak Hill Elementary and other extended year schools will not have to make up any days.

Cold snap effects donations

Cold snap effects donations

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) - While Red Kettle donations are up from this time last year, the Salvation Army recently noticed a slight dip with the extreme cold weather.

The Salvation Army reported a 13-percent increase in Red Kettle donations across the Piedmont Triad.  However, the spokesperson said that 13-percent was reduced by half when the chilly temperatures set in.  The Salvation Army said it's likely because many people are in a hurry to get inside where it's warm and not dig through their purse or pockets searching for cash.

Overall, the Salvation Army is still in a good position with Red Kettle donations and hopes to see a steady increase from the last holiday season.