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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • City Talk: Public Works Dept. gears up for severe winter weather

  • When the temperatures don’t want to stay in the range that allows for snow, sleet or freezing rain, it’s hard to be convinced that severe weather conditions can be anywhere in the forecast.
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  • When the temperatures don’t want to stay in the range that allows for snow, sleet or freezing rain, it’s hard to be convinced that severe weather conditions can be anywhere in the forecast.
     
    But if you ask the folks in Minnesota that recently received 11 inches of snow after complaining that it wasn’t cold enough or white enough, you might realize that eventually the snow and freezing rain will be at our doorsteps and on the roads we drive on and the sidewalks and parking lots we walk on.
    You can be assured that the City’s Public Works Department, which is currently doing extensive road reconstruction on Basswood Drive off State Route 63 South, is geared up and ready for the first snow fall or ice storm.
     
    In fact, the City’s Engineering Division created a Website that provides an abundance of valuable information about the City of Rolla’s snow removal policy, and so much more. The website address is www.rollacity.org/snow/index.html. You can even find out what the top speed of an average snowflake is per second. It’s 5.5 feet!
     
    Many useful links include MoDOT road closings, school cancellation information, Accuweather, winter preparedness tips and a list of streets that are maintained by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
    While it may not seem so to the average person, removing snow from city streets is governed by a specific protocol. Traffic volumes, emergency vehicle accessibility and essential services are just a few factors to be considered. For more information regarding the City’s snow removal policy please visit www.rollacity.org/snow/index.html
     
    By providing access to the City’s “snow removal Policy” it is hoped that residents and the general public will gain a better understanding of the strategies used to maintain the streets during a winter weather event.  
     
    The website also includes interesting weather facts such as the difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm. To be a blizzard, a snowstorm must have winds in excess of 35 mph. For questions regarding the snow removal policy, and the website listed above, please contact Anne McClay, project coordinator, at snow@rollacity.org.
    In closing I’d like to mention that the City of Rolla is once again participating in the Fill A Ford for the Holidays canned food drive. Various departments in the City will be accepting and gathering donated canned goods and dropping them off at Denny Ford Lincoln on Monday, Dec. 17.
    We encourage residents to give just one can of food or other non-perishable item, or more, so that Denny Ford can reach their goal of filling 58 trucks of food for various food pantries in the Phelps County area. Giving is just as an important part of the holidays as receiving. So let’s all help to do all we can to see the area pantries stocked for the holidays and beyond.
    Page 2 of 2 - Have an enjoyable weekend and a safe week!

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