KC city manager on potential ice storm: ‘Be prepared for the worst’

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Troy Schulte, City Manager for Kansas City, Mo., says the city is ready to deal with the potential ice storm forecasted to hit the area over the weekend.

However, he requests patience and preparation and asks people to avoid travel.

Schulte acknowledged Thursday afternoon that this is a big weekend for Kansas City, as we're 'hosting 80,000 people on Sunday so we want to be good hosts."

The Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL are no doubt aware of the forecast, too, but as of Thursday afternoon, no one expected game time to change due to the possibility of an ice storm.

Schulte wants people to be ready and wise.

"One of the issues is if we're right around, if we get below freezing, that ice accumulation can really quickly build up. And the thicker that ice, the more likely it is that we're going to have more power outages and the longer they're going to be out, so we're going to be asking residents to stock up on basic necessities. We don't know how long if you lose power, how long you could be out. It could take us five, seven days. We're preparing. Those may remember that 2002 ice storm, just anticipate that. Have supplies ready. Have ice so that if you lose power you can put your perishables in a cooler. Have plenty of food on hand. Just be prepared and hopefully this will be nothing and we'll just go on through like it was nothing, but we got to be prepared for the worst," he said.

Schulte says they use technology to monitor the temperatures on some of the city's pavements. He says there are 6,600 lane miles of streets in Kansas City.

"That's the equivalent of plowing a two-lane road from Boston to San Diego," Schulte said, emphasizing the need for patience from drivers.

"The pavement temperature determines whether there's going to be ice. It won't solve the issue with limbs coming down on the power lines which is the big public safety issue but allows us hopefully to keep the roads passable both for emergency services equipment and that we're hosting 80,000 people on Sunday," he said.

Schulte reminded people of the city's link to the 'snow plow' map, which keeps tabs on which streets have been plowed.

Additionally, parking cars off-street greatly helps plows to better remove snow, especially in cul-de-sacs and dead end streets. If a vehicle must park on-street, the following parking practice is being requested:
–On streets that run north/south, park vehicles on the west side of the street.
–On streets that run east/west, park vehicles on the north side of the street.

Schulte says smaller plows and treatment trucks are used on residential streets, but the smaller vehicles do not get around in the ice as well as the larger ones, so the process will be slower. <a href="http://Parking cars off-street greatly helps plows to better remove snow, especially in cul-de-sacs and dead end streets. If a vehicle must park on-street, the following parking practice is being requested: –On streets that run north/south, park vehicles on the west side of the street. –On streets that run east/west, park vehicles on the north side of the street. Click here for more on the snow removal process.

He says due to the mild winter last year, there are leftover supplies to draw from.