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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017

City of Little Rock Public Relations
Office (501) 371-4421


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Little Rock Prepares for Possible First Snow of 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 4, 2017) – With light snow accumulations in the forecast later this week, several City of Little Rock departments are getting ready for the winter weather. Four warming centers will be open Friday for residents, and two will stay open Saturday as well. 

The Public Works Operations division has been prepared for months for such a weather event. The division has in service 16 trucks equipped with spreaders and plows as well as two motor graders and two smaller truck spreaders. Several support vehicles are also available. The sand/salt mixture used on ice- or snow-covered roads is stored at three locations spread around the City, giving crews quicker access. In the event of a minor winter storm with snow accumulation of up to an inch, crews will salt all bridges and overpasses, and put up barricades where needed. 

Parks and Recreation staff will cover the greens at War Memorial Golf Course, Hindman Golf Course and Rebsamen’s 18 Hole Championship Golf course in Little Rock, with plans to uncover them Monday, Jan. 9. Due to the difference in putting surfaces, Rebsamen’s West 9 will remain open for play along with the driving range.

The four warming centers and their locations/hours of operation are:

Dunbar Community Center

1001 West 16th Street

501-376-1084 

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday

 

Stephens Community Center

3720 West 18th Street

501-603-9974 

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday

 

Southwest Community Center

6401 Baseline Road

501-918-3974  Mike Harris-Supervisor

9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday

 

West Central Community Center

4521 John Barrow Road

501-379-1890 

9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday

 

The Salvation Army at 1111 W. Markham St. also operates a warming shelter when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. Call 374-9296 for hours of availability.

Residents are advised to check on the welfare of their neighbors. Households should always have non-perishable food items, bottled fresh water and batteries on hand in preparation for emergency events like severe weather.

Resources:

  • Twitter  @CityLittleRock
  • Facebook com/CityLittleRock
  • City Newsgov/news/
  • Red Cross @ArkRedCross
  • Entergy Arkansas @Entergy
  • Arkansas road conditions idrivearkansas.com
  • National Weather Servicehttp://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/ and https://twitter.com/NWSLittleRock 
  • Winter preparednesshttp://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
  • Power outageshttp://entergystormcenter.com/index.aspx

 

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