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City of Kansas City, Mo.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 31, 2011
City takes additional precautions for winter storm
Residents instructed to park off street or use new system
The City of Kansas City, Mo., is advising residents that based on the National Weather Service issuing a Blizzard Warning for the metro area from 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 through 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, additional precautions have been taken to minimize the impact of the extreme winter weather.
At 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, the City’s Emergency Operations Center will be activated at a level two in order to monitor the weather event and coordinate activities between City departments providing snow and ice removal and emergency responders from the Police and Fire Departments.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is making arrangements for warming centers, should they be needed.
While City offices and the Municipal Court will be open for business as scheduled, weather conditions will be monitored and operational hours will be shortened, if needed.
Based on forecasts with possible snow totals reaching 10 or more inches, motorists are advised that they should expect Phases I and II of the Snow Ordinance to be implemented during this weather storm. Therefore, motorists parked on assigned Emergency Snow Routes should be prepared to locate alternate parking locations or face the possibility of vehicles being ticketed or towed during the winter storm. Vehicles without adequate tire tread may also be ticketed should they impede traffic flow on a major thoroughfare.
In residential areas, residents are asked to park off-street if possible. If they must park on-street, the following parking practice is being requested:
-On streets that run north/south, please park on the west side of the street.
-On streets that run east/west, please park on the north side of the street.
While this is a voluntary action, should the City need to declare a state of emergency due to extreme snow totals, cars parked on streets that do not comply with this configuration will be subject to ticketing and towing.
The City is also asking that residents minimize travel during this weather event in order to allow snow removal crews and emergency responders greater ability to perform duties.
“Our City has experienced two significant storms this winter season, which have demonstrated that our snow response is greatly improved,” said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. “The forecasted storm we are about to face appears to be even more significant. While the City will use all resources available, we ask that for this storm you park off street and make it easier for crews to assist you.”
Parking cars off-street during snow plow operations greatly enhances the ability of snow plows to remove snow, especially in cul-de-sacs, dead ends and narrow streets. When on-street parking obstructs the ability of a snow plow to safely proceed, it is possible that the street will be skipped.
Crews assigned to arterial and primary snow routes will work around the clock in 12 hour shifts throughout the winter storm. Crews assigned to residential snow routes have been advised to report for duty early Tuesday morning and anticipate extended plowing operations on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The City’s Snow and Ice Plan calls for the City’s Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Water Services departments to collaborate on removing snow and ice from approximately 2,400 lane-miles of primary and arterial routes and applying salt as needed. On primary and arterial streets, crews plow curb-to-curb and work around the clock.
Crews assigned to residential routes typically plow during daytime hours and work to provide a passable lane. Crews assigned to residential streets apply salt on intersections, hills and curves and plow snow as needed on more than 2,000 centerline-miles of residential routes.
Residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets are advised that when crews are running assigned snow routes, it is assumed that all streets are slick. Only after all snow routes have been run does the City’s 3-1-1 Action Center accept requests for slick spots and missed streets. Given the weather forecast, it is anticipated that this will be at least 36 hours after snow has stopped falling.
Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.