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Asheville Fire Department: Leave Fourth of July fireworks to the professionals, consider safer alternatives

    Each Fourth of July, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.  That’s why the Asheville Fire Department recommends leaving the fireworks to the professionals.    We are excited to [...]

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New Asheville Police Department community initiatives continue to grow

    Two recently-implemented community-centered initiatives started by the Asheville Police Department (APD) have gained traction throughout the city.   The Dec. 1, 2020, launch of “TIP2APD” made it easier than ever for residents to make officers aware of issues impacting their neighborhoods.   TIP2APD, a mobile application and texting tool, allows the public to share anonymous tips [...]

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Asheville streets reopen, following flooding from Tropical Storm Zeta

  As rain from Tropical Storm Zeta moves eastward, Asheville Fire Department reports that  flooding is receding in most locations. The Swannanoa River crested around 2 p.m. Thursday, and the French Broad River should crest around 8 p.m. Thursday. So while most roads have reopened there may continue to be road closures until the waters recede, perhaps [...]

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Asheville Police Department shares information and resources for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Asheville Police Department (APD) is working in partnership with local agencies to bring attention to this issue and remind the community of domestic violence services in the Asheville area.   APD statistics show a climb in domestic violence incidents in recent months. APD officers treat domestic violence calls as [...]

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Slow down! Speed limits changed on more than 40 Asheville streets

  During their  Aug. 25 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to reduce the speed limit on 43 City streets.   The changes were made at the recommendation of City staff, who had received requests from the public to consider the speed limit changes. City staff performed appropriate traffic-engineering studies along the various streets designated for speed limit changes.   So [...]

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APD: Keep school bus safety in mind, as some students are still attending classes

  A new mode of school is now in session for Asheville students, but officers with the Asheville Police Department Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) say the same safety measures apply.   “Students and school buses on the roads haven’t just been gone for the summer — it has been even longer,” said APD Traffic Safety Unit Sergeant Scott [...]

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Asheville Police share tips for safer digital learning, at-home Internet use

    As students, parents, caregivers, and teachers prepare to dive into a new school year that looks quite different from any other, the Asheville Police Department Computer Crimes Unit detectives want to offer safety reminders to students and families.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social interaction opportunities for kids, teens and adults are a bit thinner than [...]

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Take time to evaluate your flooding risk and incorporate measures to lessen potential impact

  The 2020 hurricane season is upon us, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted an above average amount of activity. According to NOAA forecasters, the outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The average [...]

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Updated FAQ: City of Asheville installs curfew 

  RELATED: Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer declares State of Emergency, issues curfew   Following two nights of protests in downtown Asheville, including the June 1 escalation that resulted in unrest and destruction of property downtown, the City of Asheville has a curfew of 8 p.m. to  6 a.m., in place until further notice.  The [...]

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City of Asheville eases restrictions on food trucks and temporary signage 

  The City of Asheville is taking steps to increase access to safe dining options during the course of this COVID-19 public health emergency. To do so, on March 24, Mayor Esther Manheimer amended the City’s State of Emergency declaration to exempt food trucks and restaurants from certain portions of the City’s Unified Development Ordinance. These [...]

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Newly amended Asheville State of Emergency proclamation in response to COVID-19 limits gatherings to 10

  In alignment with Buncombe County, on March 19, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer signed a newly amended State of Emergency proclamation for the City of Asheville, based on the public health emergency posed by COVID-19.   This proclamation limits public gatherings on property owned by the City of Asheville to no more than 10 people.   The new order adheres [...]