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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 2, 2002, 3 p.m.

Damage assessment begins from ice storm

Local, state, and federal officials are touring the area to assess the damage that resulted from the ice storm that hit the city beginning Tuesday afternoon.

City officials remind citizens to exercise caution during this time and to keep in mind the following safety measures and instructions for recovery:

--Frozen tree branches and icicles and sheets of ice that are falling create a great hazard. It is recommended that people avoid being outdoors as the temperature rises and the melting process begins, to reduce the risk of injury.

--Citizens who would like to report downed trees that are blocking streets should call (816) 513-9550.

--Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, colorless, and odorless gas that occurs when fuel burns, to prevent exposure to this deadly gas: use non-electrical space heaters only in well-ventilated areas; never start or leave vehicles running in enclosed areas; never operate outdoor grills indoors; and never use stoves or ovens to heat a residence. Generators must always be placed outside at least 20 feet from structures (homes, etc.) when in use.

--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 about UNINSURED damages: address (including county), whether the occupant is the owner or renter, and brief description of damages.

-- Citizens experiencing power outages and fallen power lines or tree limbs should not call 911 unless there is a life-threatening emergency. To report problems with electricity, citizens should call (888) LIGHTKC (544-4852).

--Vehicular accidents occurring in the Kansas City, Mo., 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.

--Kansas City, Mo., citizens must place storm debris at the curb by 7 a.m., Feb. 19 for curbside pick up. The City will make one pass by each residence. Pieces placed at the curb must be less than 12 feet in length. Those who prepare their debris for pick up are asked to use caution as the ice creates a more hazardous environment for working with power tools and other sharp instruments.

--MAST Ambulance reports that it has transported the following number of people since Thursday morning: 79 people for falls, 12 people for possible carbon monoxide poisoning, 10 people for cold exposure, and 88 people with breathing problems.

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