CLEVELAND – The severe cold continues, despite the currently sunny skies. The City of Cleveland Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor conditions and assist with coordination of services to Cleveland residents. We encourage everyone to stay indoors as much as possible. However, if you must go out, take precautions to stay safe.
- Roads: Primary and secondary roads throughout the city are in fair condition and traffic is moving effectively throughout the city. Forty-three snow plows from the Division of Streets are continuing to work on servicing main and secondary streets.
- City Staff: Due to the below zero temperatures and wind chill ratings, Mayor Jackson is directing only essential personnel to report to work on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Departmental directors will provide guidance to their staff in determining who needs to report to work on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. City staff with questions should check with their supervisors.
- Waste collection: Waste collection is cancelled for Tuesday, January 7, 2014 and is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. There will be a one-day delay in waste collection for the remainder of the week. (I.E., if your normal collection day is Tuesday, your waste will be picked up on Wednesday).
- Public Utilities: The Department of Public Utilities is reporting that operations have not been greatly affected by the weather at this time. While emergency repairs will be made, Public Utilities crews are taking precautions and will not be out in the elements unnecessarily. The bitter cold followed by predicted warmer temperatures later this week will likely lead to increased water main breaks. As always, water main breaks will be prioritized and crews will be dispatched according to priority.
- Warming Centers: Three Cleveland recreation centers will be open around the clock until 8 a.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 to serve as warming centers. Details can be found here. Hours have been extended at 17 other recreation centers across the city. These centers will be open until 8 p.m. Monday evening and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
- Pets: Pets are vulnerable to below-freezing temperatures and wind chill. Bring them indoors.