City offices on normal schedule today, buses on delay, warnings of black ice

According to an announcement from the city of Asheville, city offices are open on a normal schedule today, but people should still watch out for black ice. Buses are running on a delayed schedule depending on route, and are not traveling on icy roads.

Full announcement below:

ASHEVILLE – As many businesses reopen on Friday, commuters are asked to be extremely cautious of ice on roadways. Many primary and some secondary roads were treated Thursday and Thursday night, but overnight temperatures refroze snowmelt causing dangerous slick spots. Once again, residents are asked to limit unnecessary travel.

Crews will continue to plow and treat roads and ask that pedestrians, cyclists and cars partner in safety by giving snow plows plenty of room when they see them on the road.

As crews move to secondary roads, the public is asked to leave vehicles in driveways and away from street side parking to leave room for plows to service roads.

City offices will open on normal schedule Friday, February 14. Trash and recycling service has been suspended for the week and will resume next week on regular schedule but residents are asked to move carts from the curb to make room for plows. Police, fire, public works and water personnel will continue operating on a 24 hour schedule.

Assessments of weather and road conditions will determine when ART (Asheville Redefines Transit) bus service will be restored and updates will be posted Friday. Please find up-to-date schedule and route information at www.ridetheart.com.

In the event of an emergency, citizens are urged to call 9-1-1. Citizens who are in need of prescription medications or medical supplies and services but are unable to leave their homes due to hazardous roadway conditions may call 252-1110 for assistance.

Downed power lines are dangerous and should be reported to 911. Power outages can be reported to Duke Energy Progress by calling the toll-free, automated outage reporting system at 1-800-419-6356. Spanish speaking customers should call 1-866-4APAGON (427-2466) for outage reporting assistance. For those with access to the internet, outages can be reported by clicking https://www.progress-energy.com/app/OutageEntry/default.aspx. For information regarding theoutage restoration process, please visit http://www.duke-energy.com/north-carolina/outages/restoration.asp.

Updates about weather conditions and city services can be found at www.ashevillenc.gov andwww.facebook.com/cityofasheville and www.twitter.com/cityofasheville . The Asheville Fire Department will share information about roadway conditions and other emergency notifications atwww.twitter.com/ashevillefd.


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