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The City of Lee’s Summit Prepares for Second...
The City of Lee’s Summit Prepares for Second Major Winter Storm
February 25, 2013
As the City prepares for the second major storm of the year citizens are encourage to stock up, stay in, and stay safe. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 3:00 p.m. Monday, to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Snow fall amounts of 12 plus inches are expected for the area. The additional snow on top of what we already have will certainly make safe travel a challenge.
Make sure that you stock up early on food, medication and other supplies…before the storm.
Snow removal crews began pre-treating streets Monday morning, and will begin plowing all roads (primary, secondary and residential) as soon as measurable snowfall arrives. During the storm, priority is given to keeping a passable lane on all primary routes. Once the snow has stopped, crews will work toward having two cleared lanes on all streets within 48 hours.
During the last storm our citizens did a great job of removing vehicles from the roadways so crews could more effectively clear the streets. Please help us again with this storm by not parking vehicles on the street or in the cul-de-sacs.
The police department will tow illegally parked and abandoned vehicles that are blocking the primary roads. The police department will attempt to contact the vehicle’s owner to have it removed prior to having it towed. If you have questions about your vehicle, call the Lee’s Summit Police Department at (816) 969-7391.
Once the storm starts residents are asked to stay indoors unless it is absolutely necessary to get out and to help with the snow removal process by doing the following:
• Remove vehicles from streets to prevent a delay and to improve the snow removal process. This is especially critical on cul-de-sacs.
• Shovel snow to the side of your driveway to lessen the amount of snow left at the entrance of your driveway. City crews will not come back and clear driveways entrances, or lift the plow when passing a driveway.
• Remove snow from around fire hydrants near your property.
Other safety tips to remember:
• Make sure that all exit doors are free of snow and can be opened in case of an emergency.
• Ensure that snow is not blocking furnace exhaust vents on the roof, or side of the house.
• Do not allow children to play in snow piles along the street. Snow plow operators cannot see children on, or inside of a tunneled snow pile.
• Have a disaster supply kit with enough supplies for at least 72 hours. For more information about what should be in your kit go to www.preparemetrokc.org.
• Check on friends and neighbors to make sure they are okay.
The City remains under a State of Emergency as we monitor the approaching winter storm. The City’s Emergency Operation Center will be staffed during the storm to monitor changing conditions and ensure that public safety concerns are being addressed.
You may call the Snow Desk at (816) 969-1870. Normal business hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During winter storm events, the Snow Desk operates 24 hours a day.
For more information about the City’s snow removal program, visit www.lspw.net or stay-up-to-date on Nixle, Facebook and Twitter.