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City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 4, 2011
City enters wrap-up phase for storm cleanup
Snow to be hauled from downtown
In response to this week’s extreme winter weather, City of Kansas City, Mo., crews continue to widen passable lanes today and address slick calls from residents. It is anticipated that crews will end cleanup operations Saturday, Feb. 5 at noon. Over the weekend, a small scaled-back crew will monitor City bridges for ice.
Residents are advised that the process of widening passable lanes will push snow in front of driveways. Unfortunately, this is an unavoidable side effect of snowplow activity. With more than 150,000 driveways and 6,400 lane miles of pavement in the City, it is not possible for snow removal crews to return to clear individual driveways.
With cleanup operations winding down, the City is now able to consider seeking Federal assistance that was made possible Feb. 3 when President Obama signed the Missouri Emergency Declaration.
“I’d like to thank President Obama and Gov. Jay Nixon for recognizing the significance of this week’s massive storm, and for the potential emergency financial help, which will aid Kansas City as we pay the bills,” said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. “The President’s declaration is especially relevant today as our snow crews troubleshoot problem areas around the city, working long hours for the fifth straight day. I’d like to again suggest that residents who spot road problems call the City’s 311 line.”
To contact the City’s 3-1-1 Action Center, residents should visit www.kcmo.org/action or dial 311 or 816-513-1313.
Due to extreme snow totals that have resulted in large mounds of snow in the downtown and Country Club Plaza areas impeding traffic, snow from these locations must be hauled to locations where it can melt without impeding traffic. While the Plaza area has already experienced snow hauling and snow was relocated to parkland located at Woodland Avenue and Swope Parkway, portions of the City’s downtown will experience snow hauling this evening. Snow in the downtown area will be allowed to melt on City property bordering to the Missouri River.
Residents, businesses and organizations are reminded of the need to clear sidewalks adjacent to their homes and offices. While the City’s Municipal Code requires persons owning or occupying property on streets, boulevards and highways to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks in front or alongside their property, the City is requesting that the clearing of sidewalks be done as a neighborly act to help pedestrians who rely on walking as a means of transportation to get to school, work and home.
The City’s trash and recycling collections continue to run on a one-day delay due to the storm, with Friday collections occurring on Saturday.
Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.