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Montgomery County Winter Storm 2016 Monday Update

January 26, 2016

 9:45 pm, Monday, January 25.

 

A Message from Montgomery County Public Information Office

 

  • Montgomery County government & facilities will be closed on Tuesday, January 26.

  • No trash & recycling pickup on Tuesday. Residents should NOT take their items to the curb.

  • The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station, Shady Grove Road entrance will be open on Tuesday for large loads and limited service from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will only include service for customers dropping off large loads of trash in the transfer building.  The Public Drop-off Areas and the Recycling Center will remain closed.

  • Ride On will run limited bus service tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Service will be limited to priority routes. Those routes are: 1,5, 8, 15, 16, 17, 23, 30, 34, 43, 46, 47, 55, 56, 59, 83 and 100. Riders should expect some delays and detours due to snow conditions. Go to Ride On Bus Schedule on the website for more information.

  • Free parking in County garages and parking lots is extended until Wednesday, January 27 at 9 a.m.

  • Montgomery County Public Schools will not be in session Tuesday, January 26. Montgomery County Public Schools and all administrative offices are closed tomorrow due to emergency weather conditions. All school, childcare and community activities in school buildings are cancelled.

  • The FY17 Operating Budget Forum scheduled for Monday, January 25 in Up County has been canceled.

  • The County Council session scheduled for Tuesday, January 26 is postponed to Tuesday, February 2.

  • The Council Town Hall meeting in Clarksville scheduled for Wednesday, January 27 is canceled.

  • Historic snowfall of nearly 3 feet means that clearance of roads includes not only plowing but also hauling away record amounts of snow.

  • Challenges: in many places snow cannot just be pushed to the side, but must be hauled out. Below freezing temperatures mean even cleared roads ice overnight.

  • County crews continue to work 24/7.

  • Priority: first clear 1,000 lane miles of emergency and primary roads. Only after that is finished are plows and trucks into the neighborhoods.

  • Next: clear 4,000 lane miles of neighborhood roads. Initial object: to make them passable, not bare pavement. Then come follow-up runs to complete the work.

  • The County urges Montgomery County residents to clear snow from sidewalks in front of their homes as if possible. Any enforcement for now of sidewalk snow removal will be reasonable and follow common sense.

  • For public safety, clear snow in a three-foot radius from fire hydrants.

  • Parking lot managers for commercial and residential parking lots are urged not to block disability parking spaces during their snow removal efforts.

  • The Department of Permitting Service eServices are back online and available 24/7.

  •  Continue to stay at home. Stay off the roads so we can get the job done and public safety and emergency personnel can reach those in critical need.

  • The County’s 311 Call Center is open 24/7 for the storm. Call 311 or 240-777-0311.

  • Bottom line: be assured we continue to work as hard as possible but recovery will be a MULTI day event. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is continuing to make good progress in clearing the more than 5,000 lane miles of County-maintained roads. In some locations, snow is still blocking the full width of roads and sidewalks, posing safety hazards for drivers and pedestrians. If residents begin to venture out, they are urged to be especially cautious and aware of the following:

  • Intersections may have reduced sight lines due to snow piles. Drivers should proceed cautiously, particularly when turning.

  • Drivers, watch out for pedestrians as they walk to bus stops and transit stops. Limited Ride On and Metrobus service and full Metrorail service resumes tomorrow.

  • Because snow may still be blocking pedestrian paths, drivers are urged to go slowly and watch out for pedestrians who may be walking in the street.

  • If at all possible, pedestrians should avoid walking in the street, particularly at night.

  • Pedestrians are urged to wear reflective items to stay visible when walking at night. Never assume drivers see you.

  • A non-profit, Snowcrew.org, assists those who need help with snow shoveling or wish to volunteer to help others.

  • Help your community by clearing snow around a fire hydrant.

  • As snow begins to melt, clear storm drains to enhance drainage and prevent flooding.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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