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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 1, 2002, 3:30 p.m.

City continues efforts to recover from ice storm

-- Kansas City officials estimate that more than 18,000 trees on City property and right-of-ways are down and blocking City streets. It is estimated that it will take seven to 10 days for crews to restore normal street access, Crews will be working 24 hours a day, seven days a week until all streets are open. Approximately 250 employees from the Department of Environmental Management, Parks and Recreation Department, Public Works Department, and Water Services Department are involved in these operations. It is estimated that more than 500,000 private trees have been damaged. Residents must place all storm debris at the curb by 7 a.m. Feb. 19 for curbside pick up.

--- The City asks Kansas City, Mo., residents who have sustained damage related to the ice storm to call their insurance agent, and to call the City’s Action Center at (816) 513-1313 BEGINNING MONDAY, FEB. 4 with the following information: address (including county), whether the occupant is the owner or renter, brief description of damages, whether or not the property was insured, and approximately what percentage of the damages are not insured.

-- The Water Services Department fixed the pumping stations with outages at Turkey Creek, Blue Ridge and Waldo last night.

-- The Public Works Department responded to 321 calls about slick spots in the last 24 hours. Citizens can call (816) 513-9364 if snow removal on City streets is needed, particularly residential streets. Upon completion of snow and ice removal, the department will begin assisting with tree debris removal. Crews also are installing portable stop signs where traffic signals are not working.

-- The Fire Department responded to continuous structure fires over night when downed wires regained power and resulted in fire.

-- The Fire Department and MAST are responding to numerous calls related to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by improper use of generators and gas stoves. Generators must always be used outdoors at least 20 feet from structures.

-- Since 6 a.m. Thursday, police have responded to 72 car accidents. Accidents occurring in the City limits should be reported as soon as possible after the accident, provided no alcohol is involved, all vehicles are drivable, and no occupants are injured.

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