FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021
City of Little Rock Public Relations
Office (501) 371-4421
Media ReleasesContact(s): L. Lamor Williams
Press Briefing at 6pm, City Provides Updates on Winter Weather Response
LITTLE ROCK – As much of Arkansas prepares for a second round of winter weather, the City of Little Rock has several updates to share with residents:
Today at 6 p.m., Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. will hold a press briefing to share updates about the city’s winter weather response.
Event number: 177 517 9398
The City continues to work with homeless services providers to ensure that those experiencing homelessness have safe shelter. One of the service providers, The Van, has been operating since last Wednesday at the Hall of Industry on the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, serving those in need. With additional snow expected tonight and the continuation of the coronavirus pandemic, City staff worked with Jericho Way on Tuesday to move dozens of people from the temporary emergency shelter at the Hall of Industry to other shelters or hotels with the help of Rock Region Metro. Additionally, both the Little Rock Police Department and Little Rock Fire Department continue to provide transportation for any unsheltered residents they encounter as they have done since Monday, Feb. 8.
Street Clearing/Driving Conditions
Public Works crews continue, on 12-hour shifts, working to clear major thoroughfares. On Tuesday, crews began clearing some side streets. However, residents are warned that travel will be made more dangerous after melting occurs during the sunny hours of Tuesday leading into another round of winter precipitation and deeply cold temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday. Drivers are urged to stay off streets if possible and to give street-clearing heavy equipment a wide berth when they encounter workers.
Those that do need to drive, may visit LittleRock.gov to find a list of street closures.
Solid Waste Collection
Because road conditions make driving heavy equipment used for collecting solid waste hazardous, crews will not be able to pick up waste this week. However, the Public Works Department anticipates that crews will resume routes starting Monday, Feb. 22, weather permitting.
City Buildings Remain Closed
Until further notice, City staff will continue telework and all public meetings will be rescheduled. Today’s Board of Directors meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. to be followed by an agenda setting meeting.
About the City of Little Rock’s Response to COVID-19
Residents may visit LittleRock.gov/covid19 for all information about the City’s efforts related to COVID-19, including the newly created Small Business Emergency Assistance Program. Volunteers are needed to assist with the grab-and-go feeding efforts for vulnerable populations, including students and seniors. Sign up at LittleRock.gov/volunteer. The Little Rock Cares Emergency Relief Fund benefits the grab-and-go feeding effort and the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE). Donations of PPE are also accepted. Donate here or visit LittleRock.gov/covid19 and click on the Little Rock Cares Emergency Relief Fund button. Follow the City of Little Rock on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @CityLittleRock.