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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, December 31, 2008

After snow, city sweeps sandy streets

The snow is gone from most Bellevue streets, but the sand spread to provide traction for motorists won't be gone in a day. Utilities crews, who worked around the clock from Dec. 12 to Dec. 27 to plow snow from repeated storms, are now busy sweeping up sand and cleaning catch basins.

"We're in clean-up mode now, and it will take some time to sweep the city's 942 lane miles of roadway," said Mike Jackman, Utilities Operations and Maintenance assistant director. "We're concentrating on the most environmentally-sensitive areas and bike lanes first." The city wants to keep sand from making bike lanes unsafe or from washing into streams and fouling habitat.

Garbage collection and some mail delivery, interrupted by up to a foot of snow falling on Bellevue, resumed Monday.

The King County Office of Emergency Management announced Monday that residents and businesses who had losses due to the snow storms may be eligible for assistance getting their property back in order. Affected home owners and small businesses should file a damage report with the county within the next two weeks.

Bellevue’s 14 snow plows finished clearing all Bellevue streets Sunday night. With just two street sweepers, it will take the city some time to clear all of the sand.

The city asks residents to clear debris from storm drains in front of homes and businesses, if possible, to avoid flooding. Bellevue has 20,000 public storm drains, and Utilities crews can't attend to them all quickly. The city does not the resources to clear snow and debris from sidewalks, which are the responsibility of the adjacent home owner or business.

Missed garbage pickups and holiday schedule
Allied Waste is back in service and will pick up extra residential garbage, recycling and yard debris that accumulated because of missed pickups. Allied does not pick up on New Year's Day. Customers whose regular pickup day is Thursday will be picked up on Friday, and those whose regular pickup day is Friday will be picked up on Saturday.

Commercial garbage customers will be serviced as soon as conditions allow safe collection. Priority service is being given to locations such as hospitals and restaurants where public health is a concern.

City Programs and Community Centers
City community centers and park facilities are open. Garden d'Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden and the Group Health Ice Arena at Bellevue Downtown Park are both back in operation.

Due to warming temperatures, Bellevue's emergency overnight shelter at Crossroads Community Center closed Monday.

Bellevue's Extreme Weather Response page has more details about the city's response as well as guidance for residents after the snow storms.

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Contact Information

Utilities Department
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Wendy Hairfield, Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 425-452-5215
E-mail: whairfield@bellevuewa.gov


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