Date: December 18, 2008
Contact: Bob Gregory, City Manager
For Immediate Release
Stay in, stay dry, stay warm
“With temperatures forecast to drop into the teens and 20s and the potential for more severe
winter weather to come our way, the City of Longview is advising residents to take precautions
and plan accordingly,” stated City Manager Bob Gregory. “If at all possible, stay home and
Winter storm information for this weekend:
Snow Removal and Control -The City has sand and gravel on hand to put down on city
streets and roads. The City has two snow plows/sand spreaders, and one additional sand
spreader, and they will be on duty for plowing and sanding throughout the weekend.
Priority routes consisting of hills and major arterials will be plowed or sanded first to
accommodate fire, medical, and police response as well as transit, school buses, and
commuter traffic. Once these routes have been plowed or sanded and conditions are stable,
crews will begin clearing the remaining streets. Road conditions may be reported to the
Street Division at 442-5620. Motorists should be alert to the presence of the snow plows
and sand spreaders and give them plenty of room to operate.
City Bus Routes - All City buses will run regular routes; expect delays due to driving
Restricted Roads – Motorists should avoid Glenwood Drive if at all possible - it is open
only to local traffic at this time. Use Laurel Road and Columbia Heights Road as alternate
Broken Water Pipes - The City of Longview can only repair water lines outside your
o If you experience a water line break at your home, you will need to:
Shut off the hand-valve on the house side of the water meter.
If you have an indoor or main shut off valve (usually in the garage or
next to your home’s foundation), shut that valve off as well.
Call a plumber.
o Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch.
o Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.
o If you experience trouble shutting off your water service, please contact the City’s
Water Division at 442-5700.
Driving reminders - Ask yourself, "Is this trip really necessary?" If you decide the trip
cannot be postponed, check on weather conditions along your travel route. Listen to the
most recent weather forecasts on TV, local radio stations, or NOAA Weather Radio, or
check the Internet. Call 1.800.695.7623 to get current road conditions for Washington’s
Interstate and freeway systems.
Helpful Winter Tips
Frozen water pipes are a common occurrence in cold weather that can cause extensive
damages. If pipes in the walls aren't properly insulated, they can freeze and rupture. (An
eighth-of-an-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day, soaking
floors, rugs, and furniture.) To prevent the mess and aggravation frozen pipes cause,
protect your home or apartment by following the simple steps:
Locate and insulate pipes most susceptible to freezing--typically those near outer
walls, in crawl spaces, or in the attic. Insulation made especially for this purpose is
Wrap pipes with heat tape (UL approved).
Seal any leaks that allow cold air inside where pipes are located.
Disconnect garden hoses and, shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside
faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the
This is an excellent opportunity to check your emergency preparedness survival kit.
Don’t have one yet? Visit one of the following helpful web sites for details, or
contact the Red Cross at 425-5985: www.mylongview.com/news/emergencies.html,
Check on neighbors who may have trouble staying safe during winter storms. Elderly
or homebound residents are at particular risk. Make sure they have adequate heating
and food and offer to clear their sidewalks or driveways.
Driving in winter conditions
Longview Fire Department offers the following winter driving tips:
Always wear your seatbelt!
If you must travel, provide your itinerary to a friend, relative, or coworkers. Include
information on where you are going, the routes you will travel, and when you expect
to arrive. When you reach your destination, make a call to report that you have
Start your trip with a full tank of gas. While traveling, refuel often. Frequent stops
should help to relieve tense muscles.
Do not leave without a WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT in your vehicle. Contact
the American Red Cross if you have questions about what should be included in a kit.
If your vehicle breaks down, pull as far off the road as possible. Your greatest
personal danger at this point is that of being hit by passing cars. Don't panic. Use
Winter Storm Home Heating Tips
NEVER use charcoal barbecues, propane heaters or unvented gas heaters or gasoline-
powered machinery such as generators indoors or in garages or carports! Also, DO
NOT use these devices too close to windows or air intake systems as toxic carbon
monoxide could be released. This gas is odorless and invisible and can kill a person
When using kerosene heaters, maintain ventilation to avoid buildup of toxic fumes.
If you have a fireplace or wood stove, stock an ample supply of wood. Store it in a
location that is easy to get to during a storm. Always place a screen in front of a
fireplace. Do not leave unattended, especially at night.
Hang blankets over windows at night (let the sun shine in during the day). Stuff
cracks around doors with rugs, newspapers, towels, or other such materials.
Conserve fuel if necessary by keeping your house cooler than normal. Temporarily
"close off" heat to some rooms that do not have water pipes.