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City of Prescott Mayor Rescinds Proclamation of Emergency
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23 February 2019  

Snowstorm Dumped 20+ Inches in Downtown Prescott - Snow removal will continue through next week

PRESCOTT, AZ (February 22, 2019) – Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli today rescinded the Proclamation of Emergency, related to the snow event which took place in Prescott February 21 and 22.  The proclamation, which was in accordance with ARS 26-311, and allows for the City to seek reimbursement if and when a State or Federal Emergency or Disaster Declaration is made.  It also was designed to emphasize the urgency of the snow storm, and to urge motorists to stay off the roads.  It also empowered the City to take additional steps if needed to make streets safe during the storm.

During the event, the City activated an Emergency Operations Center, to allow for rapid response to community needs, and to coordinate communication to the public.

Plow crews from the Streets division have been on rotating 12-hour shifts, operating 24 hours a day since Wednesday.  Crews from the Recreation Services Department supplemented snow removal efforts with heavy equipment operations, and hand work on snow blowers and shovels.

Police and Fire Departments were fully staffed during the event, and responded to 314 Fire/EMS and 371 Law Enforcement calls for service that resulted in an emergency response as of 5 p.m. on Friday. 

In a message to staff members late Friday, the Mayor said, “I would like to express our appreciation for your leadership during the recent storm.  On behalf of the Council, thank you for your dedication, diligence and efforts during the storm.”

 

Emergency operations and snow removal efforts continue at full capacity.  Snow plows are working to keep major streets clear, but have been focusing on secondary streets and neighborhoods since about 12 noon on Friday, and will continue to do so through early next week.

Citizens are urged to be patient, as crews dig out from a snowfall is considered to the largest winter storm in over 30 years in Prescott.

For City plowing updates, go to presott-az.gov, and click on Snow Plowing Information for updates, for follow us on Facebook City of Prescott Government. For non-emergency snow-related questions pertaining to the City, please call 

928-777-1100.

 

 

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