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Denver City Government Delays Opening until 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5 due to Inclement Weather

DENVER – City agencies will open for business tomorrow at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, due to the inclement weather.

Denver District and Denver County Courts as well as Denver Public Libraries will remain on their regular schedules with no planned delays.

All 24-hour city services will maintain regular operating schedules. This includes snow response, traffic operations, trash/recycling, and public safety and emergency responder operations.

Denver International Airport is open. Passengers are encouraged to check their flight status before leaving for the airport with their airline or onwww.flydenver.com.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
A brief update below will give you some tips on dealing with the commute, what Public Works is doing to manage heavy snowfall on city streets, and safe ways to deal with downed branches and power lines, as well as info on how to be a great neighbor and a great pet owner during snowfall.

Drivers are urged to go slowly and use caution. Meanwhile, Denver’s residential plow drivers remain on standby and will only deploy if the residential streets receive significant accumulations of snow.

Visit denversnowplan.com for any additional updates and for more winter storm safety information: Winter Awareness Tips.

MORNING COMMUTE WILL BE DIFFICULT:

  • Because of the predicted significant snowfall, snow plowed on streets will be pushed to the sides of the road, potentially resulting in berms that residents may need to clear to access their vehicles before leaving in the morning. Please do not shovel this snow back into the travel lanes on main streets or residential streets.
  • Clearing this snow build up will take extra time, and drivers are reminded to plan ahead for their morning drive. As always, drivers are encouraged to drive with caution and allow extra time to arrive at their destination.
  • During the morning commute, our plows will be in traffic alongside commuters. Please give the plows plenty of room to maneuver, and remember that they aren’t able to work as efficiently during rush hour as they can overnight or in off-commute hours.

BROKEN TREE BRANCHES & DOWNED POWER LINES:
Denver Forestry and Xcel Energy offer the following advice when dealing with snow-laden branches on trees and fallen branches and/or power lines:

  • Check to make sure the tree is safe and clear of all utility lines prior to removing snow; do not attempt to shake snow off of a tree if a utility line is going through it.
  • If the tree is clear of utility lines, using a broom, remove as much snow as possible from branches.
  • Do not attempt to climb tree or use ladder to reach higher limbs.
  • Sometimes branches heavy with snow take down power lines/cables. Stay clear of downed lines and report them immediately to Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-1999. If a power line has fallen onto a vehicle, stay away from the vehicle. Seek help immediately by calling 911.
  • If a tree limb is broken on a public right-of-way, citizens are asked to contact Denver forestry to assess damage and tree safety. For trees on private property, citizens can visit www.denvergov.org/forestryfor a list of licensed and insured tree care contractors.

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR:

  • Check on elderly and/or disabled neighbors during major snow storms to be sure they do not need help.
  • Always clear your sidewalk of snow as soon as possible - it is difficult for pedestrians to walk down sidewalks full of snow and ice but it is nearly impossible for wheelchairs.
  • Go the extra step to make sure the sidewalk on your block is clear of snow so it can be accessible to all.
  • Visit the Denver Office of Emergency Management to get more information on how neighborhoods can prepare for emergencies in Denver.

ANIMAL CARE REMINDERS DURING COLD WEATHER:
As the Denver metro area braces for more bitter cold weather, Denver Animal Care & Control reminds residents to ensure pets are protected from the elements. Failing to do so could have dire consequence for pets, and result in a Cruelty to Animals or Animal Neglect charge and up to a $1,000 fine for the owner.

Ideally, the best way to protect pets from extreme temperatures is to avoid long-term outdoor exposure. However, if pets have to be outside for longer durations, Denver city ordinance requires that pets have adequate outdoor shelter such as a dog house, porch area, or a similar structure that allows an animal to escape the elements. Further insulating the shelter or adding a “doggie door” to a garage or covered area adds an additional layer of protection from the cold. 

Additional tips include:

  • When pets come in from the outdoors, remove snow, ice, salt other ice treatment chemicals. This will not only keep them dry, but also keep them from ingesting chemicals that may remain on their coat.
  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold.
  • Don’t leave dangerous and potentially lethal chemicals like snow and ice remover and anti-freeze outdoors where pets can accidentally ingest.
  • Check under the hood of outdoor vehicles before starting them up. Stray cats often look for refuge in warm engines.