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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 4, 2005

City prepares for possible ice storm

Public Works Department crews have been preparing for a forecasted ice storm by pre-treating streets since Sunday evening, when the split-shift schedule was started. The split-shift schedule calls for half of the employees to come in at 7:30 a.m. and work until 7:30 p.m., while the other half of the workforce does the reverse.

Ice storms are the most difficult to prepare for because the accompanying rain will wash away pre-treatment solutions which prevent ice from bonding with the street surface.

Citizens are asked to exercise great caution when traveling during inclement weather.

Phase I of a winter storm watch will be issued when the streets are slick. During this time, drivers who do not have snow tires on their cars will be ticketed if they get stuck on a major thoroughfare.

In Phase II of a winter storm, cars parked on designated snow routes will be ticketed two hours after the phase is implemented.

Citizens may call these numbers during the winter for assistance: City Snow Command Desk, (816) 513-9364; City Action Center, (816) 513-1313; and the Missouri Department of Transportation, (816) 622-6400. Requests for removal of limbs from the rights-of-way should be directed to the Parks and Recreation Department, (816) 513-7592. Specific information regarding the City’s snow efforts can be found at www.kcmo.org.

Residents without electricity should call KCP&L at (816) 471-5275 or (888) LIGHTKC.

    
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