City of Wichita facilities, services and operations are working today, Friday, Feb. 22, a day after a winter snowstorm covered the metropolitan area, causing delays, closures and traffic concerns across the city. Though City government operations were getting back to normal, City officials said traffic accidents, service delays and other weather-related challenges remain a concern.
Public Works & Utilities officials said snow emergency routes were plowed overnight but streets remain slick in spots despite salt and sand treatment. Motorists should continue to allow extra travel time, increase following distances and avoid rapid acceleration and breaking, said Joe Pajor, the Deputy Director of Public Works & Utilities. He said snow hauling continues in the downtown and nearby Delano areas.
The winter storm dumped more than 14 inches of snow, the second largest snowfall in the city’s recorded history, according to the National Weather Service. Residential streets remain snow packed, with some improvements due to traffic. Officials reminded residents that City ordinance requires them to keep public sidewalks clear of snow and ice.
Wichita Public Library, Park and Recreation and Transit services have resumed close to normal operations after experiencing delays or closures on Thursday. Brooks C&D Landfill remains closed due to snow-packed roads leading to the site. Municipal Court is open today. Residents who appear may be able to resolve their cases or have their case rescheduled, said Donte Martin, the Municipal Court Administrator. He encouraged residents to call 268-4611 to schedule a new court date. Residents have until the close of business Tuesday, Feb. 26, to contact the court and reschedule court hearings originally scheduled for today.
The Wichita Police Department’s Emergency Accident Reporting Plan, or EARP, is not in effect. Other weather-related information is available at www.wichita.gov and viewed on Cox cable Channel 7, City7.