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Posted on: December 2, 2013

[ARCHIVED] City of Miami prepares for winter weather

Miami City Crews Prepared for Winter Weather

(Miami, OK) - The City of Miami begins preparing for winter long before the first snowflake. “The safety of residents and motorist is our highest priority” said Public Works Director Joe Waldon. “Being prepared allows our staff to use resources as effective and efficient as possible” Waldon added. “Salt, sand and extra snowplow blades are on the shelves ready to go if needed.”

Street Department Manager Mike Edwards stated “Crews have made sure all available snow equipment is ready to go. The EOC (Emergency Operation Center) monitors the weather 24/7 and keeps us posted if anything is going to happen.”

During severe weather, staff works around the clock 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All Public Works divisions assist in snow removal when needed.

The city has developed a priority list for the plow routes. They start with emergency service providers (police, fire and medical) and then on to hills, bridges, major roadways, residential and the downtown area. Airport, cemetery and city owned parking lots are usually last to be cleared.
The city plows in such a manner as to allow safe passage. Crews will initially plow the center of the streets and then widen the area with the snow pile going to the edge of the roadway. Unless there is direct benefit to the city operations or if emergency vehicles require access to a specific location, no plowing or sanding of private property will be done with city equipment.

During winter weather, city streets are not the only concern. It is important to keep the lights on for electric customers. Trees falling into power lines due to high wind or ice storms can knock power out to numerous homes in a second. Not only do lines come down, but utility poles will snap due to the weight of fallen trees causing lengthy power outages.

“Our right-of-way crew (ROW) works year around clearing limbs and trees away from power lines not only to prevent outages, but to reduce other hazards” says Electric/ROW Manager Ryan Powell. “Since we can’t cut the entire ROW every year, it’s a job that’s never done” stated Powell.

Pruning trees is only a temporary solution because the trees will grow back. Therefore, trees in the ROW need be cut down. “Not all storm-related outages can be prevented, but we can certainly minimize the damage by keeping the ROW clear” Powell said. If residents notice trees or branches that might pose a risk to power lines, please contact the Public Works Department at 918-542-6384.

Weather updates will be posted on the City of Miami website at as they become available. Residents can register to receive free updates under notify me on the city website. Residents can also follow the city on facebook and twitter (miamiokla) to receive citywide updates.


Amanda K. Davis
City of Miami, Oklahoma, Director of Tourism & Communication
Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Executive Director
101 N. Main Street
Miami, OK 74354
918-542-4435 (Office)
918-533-2257 (Mobile)
918-542-4546 (Fax)

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