March 15, 2017

The City of Wilkes-Barre’s administration, emergency crews and DPW, have been working around the clock to keep up with the 2017 storm.

The city has 15 trucks, currently down 2; however, we anticipate those two trucks to be up and running by this afternoon.  We have rented additional backhoes and the Wilkes-Barre School District donated a loader.

The DPW crew has been working revolving shifts, providing 24-hours of constant snow removal; In addition, we have hired 5 contractors, consisting of multiple crews, to assist in the plowing and snow removal throughout the city.  “There is nowhere to put the snow, it needs to be removed.”  Mayor George Said.

The city has compiled a list over the past several years that consists of dependable contractors that can be relied on in an emergency situation. “We just went down the list and were able to secure 5 from that list,” Mayor George said.

We are asking people to stay off the roads.  The State of Emergency remains in effect. The City lifted the travel ban for the people that need to get to work.  “If you do not need to go out, stay home,” Said George.

There is no parking in the downtown areas. As we progress to the neighborhoods, we are asking people not to throw snow into the streets.  Your patience is greatly appreciated as we continue our clean up efforts.

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City Officials discuss impact of Winter Storm Stella and plans for continued snow removal.