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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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge