UPDATE: City Works On Snow, Ice & Standing Water - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: City Works On Snow, Ice & Standing Water

OFFICIAL RELEASE: The City of Spokane is working on snow, ice, and standing water today as melting proceeds and rain continues to fall. 

City Street crews completed snow plowing efforts in the residential hill routes overnight. Street officials have decided to work in other residential areas to improve driving conditions. They'll move ice and slush in residential areas until rain and melting makes the work unnecessary.

The City is not calling a full Stage 2 Snow Emergency, but instead will work with Stage 1 Snow Emergency staffing levels. About 50 pieces of snow removal equipment are out in the City today. Citizens are encouraged to move their cars to the even side of the street in residential areas. City plows will leave berms at the end of driveways.

Crews currently are working in plow routes 6, 10, and 11 and will move into 3 and 12 next if conditions warrant it.  To see residential snow plow route map, go to www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf.

Plows also are working in arterials and STA fixed bus routes.  No cars should be parked on these streets under the ongoing Stage 1 Snow Emergency declaration.

Meanwhile, City wastewater crews are working to clear storm drains and large puddles of standing water throughout the City. Residents are asked to clear drains of ice and snow near their properties.  Large puddles can be reported to the City Wastewater Management Department at 625-7900. Motorists should slow down around standing water and should try to avoid the puddles when possible. 

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

City Street Department officials are monitoring conditions 24 hours a day and will continue to make changes as needed.

Restricting parking during snow emergencies allows plow drivers to clear away more snow, widening the area available for vehicles and generally improving driveability. In the residential areas, parking on one side of the street also allows plow drivers to move away from the curb, reducing the amount of snow and ice that ends up on sidewalks and at the end of driveways.

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. We ask that citizens don't shovel snow into the street, but into their yards.  That will prevent more snow and ice from being pushed onto sidewalks and the end of driveways by City plows.

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