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Posted on: January 12, 2017

Preparations underway for Winter Storm Jupiter

Winter Storm Prep

On Thursday afternoon, weather forecasts were predicting Winter Storm Jupiter to bring nearly an inch of ice to parts of Finney County throughout the weekend. In addition to extremely hazardous road conditions, ice accumulation could cause widespread power outages and tree damage.

 Public Utilities Director Mike Muirhead said the electric department is working with other local utilities to prepare for potential power outages.  

“We have equipment and personnel ready to respond to local calls as well as mutual aid calls with other communities,” Muirhead said. “If this storm develops as projected, we will see tree limbs torn from trees, which could result in power line damage, causing additional outages. Stay away from any and all downed power lines or other wires on the ground and notify emergency personnel.”

Public Works crews have equipment loaded so they will be prepared to treat intersections with a sand/salt mixture when ice begins to accumulate.

City Manager Matt Allen said public safety is the City’s top priority and asked citizens to help.

“Residents are strongly encouraged to remove parked cars from the road and to stay off the roads once the ice arrives,” Allen said.  “Even with salt and sand down, it is not advisable to drive in or after an ice storm.”

Residents can also take the following steps to prepare for Winter Storm Jupiter: stock up on water, locate flashlights, battery operated radios, blankets and food that can be prepared during an electric outage, and have vehicles fueled.  

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