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Ready for snow

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Washingtonians,

We have had a good run without snow this season – but it looks like that will come to an end with snow expected on Friday. Regardless of how much or how little snow we get, we are ready. We have more than 2,000 residents who have volunteered to join our Resident Snow Team. They will help our neighbors with disabilities and elderly residents remove snow from sidewalks, stairs and driveways. For anyone who may need help this season – or for folks who are interested in volunteering – we encourage you to visit serve.dc.gov, or call 202-727-7925. And for volunteers who do not have a shovel, not to worry, we will lend you one! 

The District’s Snow Team, led by the Department of Public Works, has been preparing since last summer. We have been beefing up our equipment, with fourteen new 6-wheel dump trucks to salt and plow major streets, six new Ford 550s for smaller residential streets, and salt domes filled to capacity. We are also trying to keep our residents out the cold. If you or someone you know is homeless or needs shelter, call the shelter hotline at 1-800-535-7252 or 311. Help is available 24/7.

For up to date information on government services – including school closures and trash pickup – you can visit snow.dc.gov. The site includes tips on keeping you and your families safe during winter weather.

Stay warm and stay safe,

Muriel Bowser

Mayor