Lake Forest Park - let's be ready for winter storms

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Winter Storms – Let’s Be Ready Together!

In Lake Forest Park, winter can bring heavy rain, high winds, ice and snow. During a snow and ice event, maintenance crews will switch to two 12-hour shifts to ensure 24-hour coverage. Snow and ice crews will focus on primary routes first, including arterials, bus routes, and designated emergency routes. Attention will turn to secondary and then residential streets, once the primary routes are clear. Crews will continue to work around the clock as long as snow and ice conditions exist.

Be a Good Neighbor

You are part of the team, too! Your participation and awareness can help:

  • Clear your sidewalk and nearby street drains of leaves. Do not remove the grate from the storm drain opening – this does not unclog the system and creates a hazard for everyone. Place your leaves in a yard waste container, not in the street.
  • When snow falls, shovel sidewalks and driveways. If you have neighbors who have difficulty shoveling snow, consider cleaning theirs too.


What You Can Do

  • Listen to the weather forecast. Have a plan in case severe weather strikes. Get your emergency kit ready now!
  • Make sure you have a snow shovel and environmentally safe de-icer.
  • When the storm hits, don’t drive if you don’t have to. Having fewer cars on the street during and after a storm makes it easier to clear streets.
  • If you must drive, make sure your car is ready. Carry chains and be prepared to put them on. Make sure windows are clear and the snow brushed from the entire car.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle.
  • Slow down, allow plenty of room between you and the next vehicle, and be prepared for ice you cannot see.
  • Watch for “Street Closed” signs. They are placed by crews for your safety.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Use alternative heat sources safely and wisely. Follow manufacturers’ instructions. Adequately vent fueled space heaters (e.g., kerosene, propane, alcohol) to avoid fatal carbon monoxide gas buildup. Also, do not use outdoor grills or camp stoves indoors as it may cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Call 9-1-1 only for emergencies.


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