City prepared for pending blizzard

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Press release from the City of Fort Wayne:

City Prepared for Pending Blizzard
Mayor Henry asks Residents to Take Storm Seriously

In anticipation of deteriorating road conditions, Mayor Tom Henry declared a level 2 snow warning for the City of Fort Wayne this afternoon. Mayor Henry is encouraging residents to take very seriously the blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). The blizzard warning will remain in effect through 7 PM Wednesday. A Level 2 warning means only essential travel is recommended such as to and from work, or emergency travel. Businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations should prepare action plans and be ready to implement them if needed.

“Road conditions are expected to deteriorate this evening as snowfall becomes heavy. The snow coupled with strong winds could create whiteouts and treacherous driving conditions. Motorists should stay home. If you must travel, make sure that your gas tank is full and that you have a winter survival kit with blankets, some high protein foods, water and a fully charged cell phone in your car in case you get stranded,” said Mayor Tom Henry.

To address the effects of the upcoming storm the City will keep the 311 Call Center open around the clock. 311 handles calls that are non-emergency in nature such as a limb or tree down in the street, street lights out or a traffic signal that is not working. Emergency calls for things such as a health issues, power lines down or on fire, or an accident with injuries should go to 911.

As the latest storm came into the area, 40 City of Fort Wayne plow trucks took to the streets last night. Today crews were plowing in residential neighborhoods to prepare for the next blast of snow. Crews will work through the duration of the storm and additional assistance will come from other City departments and other resources if necessary.

“The safety of our community is critical. We will continue to work around the clock to keep up with the storm but with high winds, drifting is likely,” said Mayor Henry.

Mayor Henry along with various departments including Public Works, Streets, City Utilities, Parks, Community Development, Police, and Fire met for with the Office of Homeland Security to plan for the storm.

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