As the second major winter storm blankets the area with a heavy wet snow, crews are working diligently to keep the primary roads passable. Even large and four wheel drive vehicles are having difficulty getting around. Don’t attempt to get out in a regular passenger vehicle until the snow has stopped and snow removal crews have made an initial pass to clear the street. If you don’t have to get out – don’t.
The heavy wet snow has also downed a number of trees, light poles and power lines. Be careful to look for downed utility lines when outside. Never touch or attempt to pick up a fallen power line. Assume any downed power line and the things around it such as fences are energized. If you see a downed power line or need to report an outage, call KCP&L immediately at 1-888-LIGHTKC (1-888-544-4852). For arcing power lines or lines lying on buildings or roadways, call 911.
In case of a power outage have plenty of flashlights and batteries for light. Avoid using candles. If you must use them, keep them in a sturdy holder that won’t tip over easily and away from combustible items, and never leave them unattended. Never use gas
stoves for heat. This can cause a deadly carbon monoxide hazard. If using a generator, make sure it is outdoors and properly connected.
The City of Lee’s Summit is still under a State of Emergency. The Emergency Operations Center at the Lee’s Summit Fire Headquarters has been activated and City staff are working together to coordinate the resources of the City until the event is over.
Private contractors have been brought in to assist with the snow removal process. Again the City wants to remind everyone not to park on the street. City and private crews will continue to work 12 hour shifts to keep the primary roads passable during the storm and once the storm stops work towards achieving two clear lanes on all City streets.
All City of Lee’s Summit and Parks and Recreation facilities are closed today.
This is a good time to be a good neighbor by watching out for each other and providing assistance when needed. Acts of kindness are a great way to get to know your neighbors with benefits that can last long after the storm.
For more information about winter safety and disaster planning, contact the Lee’s Summit Fire Department at 816-969-1300, or visit cityofls.net or preparemetrokc.org.