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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
City's Winter Weather Operations
City's Snow & Ice Plan
December 16, 2010 - City of Knoxville Public Service Department crews spent a second night this week implementing the City's Snow/Ice Response Plan.

According to the city's Warehouse Manager Winfield Whaley, crews used approximately 600 tons of bulk rock salt and 200 gallons of liquid calcium chloride between 6 p.m. Wednesday evening and 8 a.m. Thursday morning. Crews focused most of their resources on keeping the city's main streets, streets around hospitals and primary feeder streets open and accessible.

Public Service trucks were staged at various locations throughout the city as the sleet and rain hit between 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday. Crews remained active all night salting streets and responding to emergencies. The most challenging weather began early in the morning Thursday when a layer of ice began forming on roads and trees.

"Ice events are extremely challenging for our crews and pose a real safety risk to our team," said David Brace, deputy director of the Public Service Department. "Between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. this morning conditions deteriorated to a point where Operations Manager Buddy Harrell deemed it unsafe for our teams to be out on the roads and we pulled nearly all of our trucks back into the operations center."

Two Public Service Department salt trucks slid off the road, including one vehicle in South Knoxville that slid off the road and rolled onto its side. Both employees in that vehicle were evaluated at UT Medical Center and released with minor injuries. Both employees were wearing their seatbelts which prevented more serious injuries.

Brace said crews concentrated on the Level I (main streets carrying the highest volume of traffic in the city and those around hospitals) and Level II streets (streets connecting main streets and major feeder streets) until midnight.

Those streets receive priority over neighborhood streets in the early stages of a winter storm. Public Service has re-ordered salt and expects to receive those supplies today and Friday.

In addition to salt deployment Horticulture crews were also busy removing downed trees as a result of the ice. One large tree fell on Bill Williams Avenue near WBIR Channel 10 requiring the services of the City's Tree Crew.

Due to this week's inclement weather, the City's household garbage contractor Waste Connections is one day behind on the City's garbage collection routes. Crews will continue to work today on a delayed schedule with the goal of finalizing this week's routes on Saturday. This morning's ice made it nearly impossible for garbage trucks to access the landfill off of Raccoon Valley Road.

Additional information on the Public Service Department's Snow/Ice Plan can be found at: http://www.cityofknoxville.org/solidwaste/ice.asp
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