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City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 1, 2011
Mayor declares state of emergency due to winter storm
City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Mark Funkhouser has declared a state of emergency in response to extreme winter weather that is challenging the City’s snow removal and emergency response activities. This declaration makes it possible to fully access all possible resources and minimize the storms impact on residents.
"This storm has lived up to its billing and has tested our City resources. By declaring a state of emergency we give ourselves the flexibility to do whatever needs to be done during this storm and its aftermath," Mayor Funkhouser said. "I continue to be impressed with how Kansas Citians dig in and help each other out when times get tough. I want to assure residents that City crews will continue to do the same and will work around the clock until the storm clean up is done."
City crews are continuing to respond to the blizzard weather conditions in the metro area. There are currently 250 snow plows in operation on primary and arterial routes.
Early this afternoon, due to extensive blowing snow that reclaimed previously plowed primary roads, the City diverted residential plows in an effort to reduce the snow on primary streets.
It is anticipated that residential plowing operations will resume Wednesday, Feb. 2, when snow and high winds dissipate.
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.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center is activated at a level two, and personnel representing key City departments, as well as KCPL, are 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.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department has made arrangements for three warming centers:
• Southeast Community Center
4201E. 63rd St.
• Kansas City North Community Center
3930 N.E. Antioch Road
• Hillcrest Community Center
10401 Hillcrest Road
The three community centers designated for warming shelters will be open until 9 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Kansas City North Community Center and the Hillcrest Community Center are on emergency shelter standby and will remain open overnight if the Red Cross indicates a need for additional emergency shelters.
Phases I and II of the City’s Snow Ordinance remain in effect. As outlined in the Snow Ordinance, motorists parked on assigned Emergency Snow Routes face the possibility of vehicles being ticketed or towed. Vehicles without adequate tire tread that get stuck on a major thoroughfare can also be ticketed.
In residential areas, motorists are asked to park vehicles off-street if possible. If a vehicle must park on-street, the following parking practice is being requested:
-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.
Parking vehicles off-street during snow plow operations greatly enhances the ability of snow plows to remove snow, especially in cul-de-sacs, dead ends and narrow streets. When on-street parking obstructs the ability of a snow plow to safely proceed, it is possible that the street will be skipped.
The City has been informed that KCP&L crews have been placed on standby alert and additional restoration materials have been staged at various locations throughout their service territory. If power outages occur as a result of this storm, these crews will be called upon to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
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 3-1-1 Action 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 3-1-1 City Action Center, at 311 or 816-513-1313.
Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.