Tuesday, January 31, 2012
With the city water main still in danger from a progressing landslide, city engineers and consultants are working round the clock to assess and address the situation. The city will provide more details on planned interventions as soon as they become available.
Back in town, however, the less dramatic but equally important public works tasks are being checked off the list, one-by-one.
"We're hauling snow off of 13th and from the downtown area this weekend," said Dave Smock, public works foreman. "Our other focus for the weekend is clearing storm drains and the right-of-ways from brush, debris and limbs."
Excess snow will be hauled to a temporary storage site on Port of Hood River property.
"We really appreciate the partnership with the port," said Smock. "We have nowhere to store the snow in the city."
Also as part of the storm cleanup, public works crews are clearing sidewalks, filling potholes and dealing with tree removal evaluations.
"We're filling potholes as fast as we can, but people should call us if they see a pothole that hasn't been attended to. We haven't had time to look at every street," said Smock. "We'll get them on
Smock again encouraged residents to help crews by keeping fire hydrants clear of snow and ice and to assist with keeping street drains cleared.
"Also, if street sand is piling up, residents can sweep that out to the street for cleanup," Smock said.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge