January 13, 2011

City battles slush, standing water

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The retreating snow from Wednesday’s storm left huge puddles for motorists and pedestrians to negotiate on Thursday, Jan. 13, 201, in downtown Spokane.
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To see residential plow maps, visit: www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf. To check the progress of city plows, visit: www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/snowplow.htm Large puddles can be reported to the city Wastewater Management Department at (509) 625-7900.

The City of Spokane is battling the slush and standing water that has made for sloppy streets tonight and into tomorrow.

Working with Stage 1 Snow Emergency staffing levels, the city will plow slush in residential areas overnight using about 50 pieces of snow removal equipment, according to a city news release. They are encouraging residents to move their cars to the even side of the street in residential areas.

Plows will leave berms at the end of driveways, city officials said.

Crews are currently working in plow routes 1, 3, 6, 10 and 12 and will move into 2 and 8 next if conditions warrant it. They finished work on routes 4 and 11 and in all residential hill routes, numbered 20 and above on their map.

Crews also will be clearing parking bays in the downtown and neighborhood business districts overnight tonight. No cars should be parked on arterials or STA bus routes during a Stage 1 emergency.

Wastewater crews are also working to clear storm drains and large puddles of standing water throughout the city. They city is asking residents to clear drains near their property of ice and snow.

Motorists should slow down around standing water and avoid puddles when possible, the news release said. City officials are monitoring conditions 24 hours a day and will continue to make changes as needed.

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