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City Manager's Message 02/25/15: Winter Weather Update

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:59 PM by Mary Bunting


When I was on Facebook last night, I saw a meme with a picture of Elsa (the Queen from Disney's Frozen who turns her kingdom into a frozen nightmare) and a caption that said "Whoever made Elsa angry, please apologize!". I am sure I speak for most of us when I say we are all tired of the snow and wish it were as simple as someone making an apology to a fictional character:)!

Current National Weather Service forecasts are calling for Hampton to receive 6-8 inches of snow beginning at 7 p.m. today and continuing until tomorrow morning. The bulk of that snow is supposed to occur around the midnight to early morning hours. Nevertheless, we certainly want to get our employees who do not have to work in snow home early. Therefore, we will be closing our community facilities such as libraries and community centers at 7 p.m. this evening.

As for tomorrow, we will not make a final decision until a little later this evening. Although several Southside communities have already announced closures, it is our practice to wait until we can assess snow conditions as forecasts are always subject to change (as they did yesterday when we were only supposed to get a 1/2 inch!). Without a doubt, we will AT A MINIMUM have a delayed opening. It is quite possible that we MAY close. I will send out guidance regarding the final decision later tonight. I will send an email out; but, understanding that not everyone has access to email from home, please remember that you can call into 311 and/or check our website if you are unsure of the status. We also make the local media aware of our decisions. Please know that, in making our decision, we will put the safety of our employees and citizens first.

Again, I want to thank all of our Public Works, Police, Fire, 911 and 311 personnel who work during these events. They are out in cold and slippery conditions to protect and take care of us all. I ask that the next time you see one of these dedicated public servants you take a quick moment to personally thank them for their sacrifice.

Have a great evening and please be safe!

Mary

PS - in my haste to get this email out to you all, I inadvertently left of our Fleet Services staff as a group that keeps our city safe in storms. Without our Fleet team, we couldn't keep the plows, police cars, fire engines and ambulances running! Please take a moment to thank them too!


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