Winter Weather Updates for the Week of February 11
A winter storm warning is in effect from midnight Monday to midnight Tuesday. Heavy snow is expected with a total accumulation of 5-8 inches, along with some blowing and drifting. Check for any school closings and cancellations here.
GARBAGE AND RECYCLING
This week’s garbage and recycling are expected to be picked up as usual. However, that may change as snow accumulates. Check back here or facebook.com/CityRiverFalls for the latest information.
Snowplowing will proceed as usual with the priority routes as mapped here. Again, check back for any updates or visit facebook.com/CityRiverFalls.
Be aware of restricted parking areas and alternate night parking. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed to allow for the Public Works Department to clear away the snow. Questions about where to park? Call the Police Department at 715-425-0909.
SNOW AND COLD WEATHER TIPS
- Remember to shovel around your mailbox and any fire hydrant on your property.
- Please do not allow children to build snow forts near the street. This can be especially dangerous when plows are out.
- When shoveling, please include sidewalks in the right-of-way as well as pedestrian curbs/ramps on corner lots. With odd-even parking, snowplows may deposit snow in these areas more than once, so stay vigilant. Please do not shovel snow from your driveway or sidewalk into the streets.
- During snowstorms, do not place garbage cans in the street or blacktop area in your alley.
- Keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least half-full. Pack an emergency kit with items such as food, water, extra blankets and warm clothing, booster cables, and a cell phone charger.
- Dress for the weather. Wear loose-fitting layers, a hat, gloves and snow boots. Make sure you have a scarf or some other way to cover your face.
- Check on any family members or neighbors who are elderly and/or need assistance.
- Use a roof rake, not a ladder, to alleviate snow and prevent ice buildup on your roof. When it becomes too difficult to remove, you may wish to call a professional. Note: When maneuvering your roof rake, stay clear of overhead power lines.
- Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors around your home. If you can’t remember the last time you changed the batteries, replace them.
- Check your furnace to make sure it is working properly. If you rely on heating oil or propane, make sure you have enough to last through the warning period.
- Do not attempt to use gasoline or propane heaters or a grill to heat your home or garage. Those devices produce carbon monoxide, which could be deadly in enclosed areas.
- Don’t close off rooms, especially if there is piping in them; open cabinet doors where pipes are on an exterior wall; and seal off drafts around plumbing.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE!