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Posted on: March 27, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Ice Storm Response and Recovery Continues

For the first time since the mid-December ice storm, Public Works Maintenance and Parks and Open Space divisions are no longer operating under the incident command structure. They officially suspended ice storm response on March 9, nearly three months after the storm.

To date, crews have worked to open roads remove hanging tree hazards in the right-of-way and in parks, and remove storm-related debris. To date crews have:

  • Worked more than 29,000 hours
  • Removed hazards from more than 3,360 trees
  • Cleared more than 3,000 cubic yard debris from city parks and rights-of-way.

While this is a major milestone for Public Works staff, there is still plenty of work to be done. Crews are still clearing large debris piles in some City parks, and addressing surface repairs along city trails, however it’s still too wet to get equipment into many locations. Storm work will continue as needed to address hazard trees, sidewalk and trail repair and debris cleanup in parks and the right-of-way.

Staff also continue to work with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on potential reimbursements. Crews have taken FEMA agents into the field to see some of the damage and are helping them browse documentation about the recovery efforts. 

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