Press release from the City of Hendersonville:
The City of Hendersonville is taking steps to be prepared ahead of this weekend’s forecasted winter weather.
The Public Works Department is checking equipment to make sure trucks, spreaders and tractors are in proper working order. Sand, salt and brine are in good supply; staff will closely monitor the temperature and accumulation to determine what specific methods will be most effective. Crews are on standby to work 12-hour shifts to remove snow and ice from City roads.
The City of Hendersonville is divided into five zones for snow plowing. Priority streets are around emergency services buildings, Pardee Hospital and streets with bridges and steep hills. Residents can familiarize themselves with the prioritization maps, as well as which roads are maintained by the Department of Transportation, by visiting the City’s website at https://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/snow-and-ice-removal.
“If people can avoid parking on the street, it helps our crews tremendously,” said Public Works Director Tom Wooten. “Vehicles that are parked on the street drastically slows down our progress and sometimes completely stop it, if we can’t get past those vehicles with our snow plows.” Wooten thanked City residents for their cooperation in keeping roads clear for their equipment.
The Hendersonville Fire and Police Departments are prepared to call in additional staff and deploy snow chains and four-wheel drive vehicles should the need arise. As always, the public is reminded to only use 911 to report actual emergencies. Emergency personnel recommend that residents monitor local weather reports and limit travel if conditions become unsafe. Take steps to be prepared for potential power outages and stock your home and vehicles with emergency supplies. Visit https://www.fema.gov for information on winter weather preparedness.
Lee Smith, Utilities Director for the City of Hendersonville, reports that generators are ready at the water and wastewater treatment facilities. Vehicles will be gassed up and additional water and sewer employees will be standing by to assist the Public Works Department if needed.
The City of Hendersonville has been in contact with the Hendersonville Rescue Mission. In response to the predicted weather, the Rescue Mission will be operating under a Code Grace in accordance with the extreme cold weather policy to assist the homeless population’s access to shelter.