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City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 2, 2011

City no longer in a state of emergency

City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Mark Funkhouser has declared that a state of emergency no longer exists in the City of Kansas City, Mo.

With improved weather conditions following yesterday’s blizzard, City crews have made significant progress improving primary and arterial streets.

Because residential streets still have considerable snowpack, the City will move large snowplows through residential areas overnight in an effort to help residents with the morning commute.

The City has approximately 250 snowplows working in response to the winter storm.

"I'm proud of our city. I'm proud of its residents. And I'm especially proud of our city's snow removal and emergency crews," said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. "We came through this significant storm with few serious problems and no loss of life.”

Trash and Recycling collections will resume tomorrow with a one-day delay schedule similar to holiday operations. For example, Wednesday’s trash and recycling will be collected on Thursday and Friday’s trash and recycling will be collected on Saturday.

All City facilities will resume normal operational hours beginning Thursday, Feb. 3.

It is anticipated that the City’s Emergency Operations Center will scale back operations late today, though it will continue to monitor activity.

As cleanup operations continue through the remainder of today, motorists are asked to minimize travel in order to allow snow removal crews and emergency responders greater ability to perform duties.

Phases I and II of the City’s Snow Ordinance remain in effect until at least Thursday morning. As outlined in the Snow Ordinance, motorists parked on assigned Emergency Snow Routes face the possibility of vehicles being ticketed or towed. Vehicles without adequate tire tread that get stuck on a major thoroughfare can also be ticketed.

Residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets are advised that while crews continue to run snow routes today, 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. It is anticipated that this will be no earlier than Thursday afternoon. For updates, visit www.kcmo.org .

Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.

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