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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 25, 2013

Mayor declares state of emergency due to winter storm

City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James declared a state of emergency at 9 a.m. today in response to the extreme winter weather that is moving into the metro and challenging the City’s snow removal and emergency response activities. This declaration makes it possible to fully access all possible resources and minimize the storm’s impact on residents. The state of emergency will end on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 11:59 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from Monday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. until Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. According to the Winter Storm Warning, there is potential for 6-12 inches of snow accumulation with locally even higher amounts possible.

City crews are preparing to respond to the extreme weather conditions in the metro area. There are currently 175 snow plows in operation on primary and arterial routes and 65 additional plows in residential areas.

The state of emergency requires residents to move their vehicles off of streets or observe the City’s on-street parking practices. Residents who live in neighborhoods with on-street parking only should observe the following parking practice:

-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.

It is imperative that emergency crews be able to access both primary and residential streets in an emergency. The City began towing vehicles that directly impeded public safety on Monday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. Residents may check if their vehicle was impounded at www.kcmo.org/tow or by calling 816-513-0680. The City’s Vehicle Impound Facility is located at 7750 E. Front St.

Please note, vehicles without adequate tire tread that get stuck on a major thoroughfare may be ticketed.

The City requests that residents minimize travel during this weather event in order to allow snow removal crews and emergency responders greater ability to perform duties.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the City’s Emergency Operations Center will be activated at a level two, and personnel representing key City departments, as well as KCPL, will be present and working together to monitor the event and coordinate activities among City departments providing snow and ice removal and emergency responders from the Police and Fire departments.

All of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department community centers will endeavor to keep regular hours on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and serve as warming centers for residents. Four of the community centers – Gregg/Klice, Kansas City North, Southeast and Hillcrest -- may stay open late as warming centers as needed. To view a list of community centers and addresses, please visit www.kcmo.org/parks.

Residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets are advised that while 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 311 Call 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.

Requests for removal of tree limbs from the rights-of-way should be directed to the 311 Call Center at 311 or 816-513-1313 or online at www.kcmo.org/311.

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