Berms Are Back! City Calls For Stage 1 Emergency - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Berms Are Back! City Calls For Stage 1 Emergency And More Snow Is On The Way

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The City of Spokane this afternoon is calling a Stage 1 Snow Emergency, which requires cars to be moved from all arterials and STA fixed bus routes within six hours, or by 6:30 p.m. Friday evening.

Under the City's snow removal plan, officials can call for such an emergency when there is at least 2 inches of snow on the ground and four or more in the forecast.  A Stage 1 Snow Emergency doesn't trigger plowing in the residential areas. City Street Department officials are monitoring conditions 24 hours a day and will continue to make changes as needed.

City crews are working on the arterials again as snow continues to fall.  This morning they "racked" the snow in downtown, creating berms in the middle of the street.  Cars should not attempt to cross the berms; they will get stuck.  The City currently has 19 plows out.  With warmer temperatures, the City also is using liquid de-icer to assist in snow removal efforts.

"Once again, we are activating part of our snow emergency plan to respond to changing weather and driving conditions," says Mayor Mary Verner.  "We appreciate the cooperation we have received this week from our citizens to keep our community moving." 

To check the progress of City plows, go to www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/snowplow.htm.  Citizens also can call our Snow Removal Hotline at 456-2666.   

When driving in these wintry conditions, the City is asking motorists to slow down, be patient, and drive according to the conditions.  Don't follow plows closely, and please do not try to pass plow trucks; it is very dangerous.  Please assist your neighbors who may need help removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks. 

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