City of Idaho Falls departments are preparing for windy conditions and an additional 4-6 inches of snow over the next couple of days. The snow removal schedule was updated after receiving a winter storm notification earlier this morning from the National Weather Service.
Zone A was originally scheduled to be plowed today and tomorrow, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, but weather conditions and the complexity involved with plowing the narrow roads in Zone A necessitated rescheduling that zone to this weekend. The updated scheduled is listed below.
“Rapidly changing and unfavorable weather conditions impact all of us in some fashion. City departments will continue to adapt and respond to those conditions as they arise while keeping our community informed,” states Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.
Hammon adds, “We encourage people to download our new City of Idaho Falls app and stay tuned to our local media outlets as they assist us with communicating important information. This is particularly important during emergencies."
Snow removal parking restrictions remain in place for all roads inside city of Idaho Falls limits until further notice.
The following is an updated snow removal schedule:
- Zone B is currently being plowed and will continue to be plowed until completion. (Zone B is the majority of the city and is colored yellow on the zone map.)
- Downtown will be plowed again during the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 3, from midnight to 7 a.m. to minimize the impact on businesses. (Downtown is colored gray on the zone map.)
- Zone A is a relatively small area with narrow streets located in the center of the city and is colored green on the zone map. Zone A will be plowed over a two-day period:
- East and west streets on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- North and south streets on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The snow removal parking restriction ordinance started at midnight on Nov. 14 and extends through midnight on March 15, whenever a snow event occurs.
A snow event means three things in Idaho Falls: 1) parking restrictions are in place for all streets; 2) snow plows have started plowing streets on a priority basis; and 3) property owners must remove snow and ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours following the cessation of the precipitation.
The Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Department will also be hard at work plowing the city’s parks, park pathways, cemeteries, as well as some city-owned parking lots. High use areas, such as the River Walk will be plowed twice a day, as schedules allow.
“Our public safety departments have been responding to numerous vehicle accidents over the past week. We encourage motorists to slow down, increase the distance between you and the car in front of you, allow yourself plenty of time to stop, and remove all snow and ice from your windshields and mirrors prior to operating a vehicle,” says Hammon.
The Idaho Falls Fire Department is also preparing for winter conditions as they historically respond to more heating-related fires, as well as downed power lines during snowstorms.
Heating safety tips:
- Never use ovens or space heaters as primary sources of heat.
- If using a space heater for supplemental temporary warmth:
- Never leave the heater unattended.
- Keep children and pets away from the space heater.
- Place the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can catch fire easily, such as curtains, blankets, newspapers, clothing, etc.
- Turn the space heater off when leaving a room or going to sleep.
- Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing, or to thaw pipes.
Safety tips for downed power lines:
- Always assume fallen power lines are energized. Stay at least 10 feet away from a downed power line and any nearby objects it may be touching, such as a fence or a tree limb.
- Contact Idaho Falls Power immediately at (208) 612-8430 to report downed power lines outside your home.
- Never touch a person or object in direct or indirect contact with a downed power line. Instead, call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Never attempt to move a downed power line – leave it to the professionals.
Staying informed about snow removal parking restrictions and other important information is easier than ever with the City of Idaho Falls’ new mobile app.
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Media Contact: Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon, (208) 612-8122, firstname.lastname@example.org.