Cleveland opens 2 warming centers

Updated: Dec. 15, 2016 at 12:47 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The City of Cleveland has been conducting snow removal operations overnight and will continue to throughout the day. Currently, the Department of Public Works is actively servicing city streets with a focus on servicing mains and secondary-mains during snowfall.

The city says they have 60 trucks out on the roads, focusing on the primary and secondary roads. Around 4 p.m. the city will assess if the trucks should move into the residential areas.

Two warming centers have been opened on the east and west side, Michael Zone and Zelma George.

The goal of the Department of Public Works is to service all city streets within 48 hours after snowfall ceases.

An emergency snow parking ban is now in effect today for the City of Cleveland.

Key points to remember:

• A parking ban is in effect. As a result, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on city streets with posted red and white signs UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
• The City of Cleveland is requesting voluntary compliance from residents who park on streets that are not included in the ban. Parking off street, whenever possible, helps ensure that plows can service the entire width of the street from curb-to-curb.
• Bridges and hills will be salted as needed.
• If you must travel, use caution, allow extra time, and remember not to "block the box" at intersections.
• If you live with or near an elderly person, regularly check on these vulnerable citizens to ensure that they are warm, fed, and safe.
The Department of Aging sent a CodeRED message to 35,000 seniors last evening with the following information:
For your safety, please keep the following winter weather tips in mind and share them with your older neighbors, friends and loved ones.
• If you must go outside, use proper footwear, wear warm clothes and dress in layers.
• When going outside, cover your mouth to avoid getting cold air in your lungs.
• Do not turn off the heat to save money; instead…you can close off rooms not being used to conserve heat.
• If using portable heaters keep them at least 3 feet away from furniture and draperies to decrease risk of a fire.
• Test your smoke detectors to make sure they work.
• Make sure you have extra food, blankets and water on hand.

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