Hendersonville prepares for the coming winter storm

Press release from the City of Hendersonville:

The City of Hendersonville continues to work diligently to prepare for the predicted ice and snow storm event.  All City departments have made plans to assist our citizens during and after the predicted storm.  Below is an outline of department plans over the next several days:

Public Works Department:

The department will continue to apply brine to high priority streets; which includes bridges, steep hills, around emergency and government facilities, high traffic areas, and the hospital.  “Public Works will bring in the A team around midnight to 3 am and work a 12 hour shift, B team will come in and relieve A team after the first 12 hours.  B team will work a 12 hour shift.  We expect to continue this schedule well into Saturday, possible longer.  Once the streets are open, we will keep one crew working to remedy slick spots.”- Tom Wooten, Public Works Director

Public Works plans to postpone brush collection for Friday January 22nd.  They will proceed with garbage and recycling collection on a regular schedule for Friday.  Brush collection will continue on Monday, if possible.

For questions about any of these plans, please call Tom Wooten at (828) 697-3084.

Police Department:

The Police Department has brought in Four Wheel Drive vehicles and will be using those during the storm. If the storm is severe they will be working with Emergency Management to assist in transporting to shelters or any evacuation needs.

Water & Sewer Department:

“We are currently ensuring that all water tanks are filled and that all pump stations and generators are operating properly.  The water plants will make arrangements for our operators to sleep, if they need to remain at the plant throughout the event.  The other field operations groups are topping off trucks and equipment with fuel and will be on stand-by to help where ever they are needed.”- Lee Smith, Director of Water and Sewer

Fire Department:

The Fire Department will staff four additional personnel on Friday and Saturday.  “A determination will be made today if additional personnel are needed tonight from 8:00 p.m. till 8:00 a.m.  Our staff has checked the generators, chainsaws, refueled all apparatus, and have the snow chains ready. We have also contacted Public Works to ensure the Fire Stations are continually plowed and/or brined.”- Joe Vindigni, Interim Fire Chief


“With the safety and concern of our citizens and employees foremost in our minds we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best with the predicted forecast.”- John Connet, City Manager

For additional updates please check the city website at cityofhendersonville.org or our Facebook page- NC Government City of Hendersonville.  For questions or concerns you can also call City Hall at 828-697-3000 or for non-emergencies the Hendersonville Police Department at 828-697-3025.

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