Preparedness Request: Winooski

From Steve Palmer, City Engineer/Public Works Director Winooski

“I’m sure many of you have been listening to the weather reports related to Hurricane Sandy. Most computer models are showing landfall along the eastern seaboard at some point next week with likely impacts to the entire New England area. Predictions are for this to be a slow moving storm with heavy rain and high winds reaching for hundreds of miles from the storm center.

Public Works has had our street sweeper out for the past few days attempting to get ahead of the leaves. Unfortunately we are at the time of year where the leaves are falling faster than we can sweep them. If this storm continues on the currently predicted path, we are very concerned about the possibility of street flooding as the leaves from the heavy winds have the potential to plug hundreds of catch basins throughout the City. In light of the circumstances, we are asking for everyone’s assistance over the next few days. Please cleanup and remove leaves from yards to the extent possible. Also, please rake any areas of newly accumulated leaves from the sides of streets or sidewalks. Leaves may be disposed of for free at any of CSWD’s drop off facilities including the 87 Landfill Road facility (off Patchen Road) in South Burlington. This facility is less than a mile from Downtown Winooski. Operating hours are Friday 9:30 – 5:00 and Saturday 8:00 to 3:30.

Thank you for your assistance!

Steve Palmer
City Engineer/Public Works Director”

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