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Posted on: December 26, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Winter Storm Snow Removal Operations Update 2:30 PM

The City of Bismarck has hired contractors to assist with snow removal operations. They’ll be pushing their way through city streets and making a pass through the middle to open the streets.  Be aware that initially the snow will not be pushed all the way to the curb as usual.  These are not standard snow plow operational procedures. Contractors will do their best to get the streets open.  City Streets and Roads crews will be back to plow and widen the streets.


We ask residents for their patience as we work diligently to clear the streets and make them passable.


The No Travel Advisory remains in effect in Bismarck. Police Chief Police Dan Donlin advises no travel within the City of Bismarck until further notice. Due to the accumulation of snow and increased winds, roads are impassible in areas throughout the city. Stranded vehicles blocking the roadways and intersections are creating unsafe conditions for law enforcement, emergency vehicles, first responders and snowplows. Roads may be impassible or blocked.  


Motorists should take NO TRAVEL ADVISED seriously. Motorists who choose to travel at their own risk may become stranded and emergency responders may not be able to reach them safely.


The Snow Emergency remains in effect until further notice. All designated snow emergency routes are included in this emergency declaration.  Parking is prohibited on designated snow emergency routes; vehicles must be removed from these roadways and parked off the street, on driveways, or parking ramps.  Crews will plow these snow emergency routes to clear a one-lane pass today.


We ask that contractors cleaning parking lots DO NOT push the snow into the street or across the street onto the boulevard.


Mailbox Clearance - It is the property owner’s responsibility to clear snow around their mailbox.  If it is a cluster box, it is the responsibility of those residents to clear the snow from around the cluster box.


Adopt a Hydrant - With the recent snow event, we are asking for everyone’s help to clear snow from around the hydrants by “adopting” a hydrant in your neighborhood. This helps reduce the time it takes for the fire department to get water on a fire by ensuring that that we can find and access the fire hydrant when we need it most. By helping us you could save your neighbor’s house or your own in an emergency.  The snow should be cleared 6 inches below all the caps and 3 to 4 feet around the hydrant. This gives firefighters the space they need to attach hoses and turn on water in case of a fire in your neighborhood. If you are a business owner, please take to time to ensure the hydrants in your area are kept clear.”


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