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Missoula Parks and Recreation creates emergency plan for severe winter weather

Missoula Parks and Rec
Posted at 6:28 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 09:09:13-04

Missoula Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry Division and the City Street Maintenance Division have developed an emergency plan to keep the streets clear and safe during the winter storm.

Crews will be on-call and in the field as the storm develops.

Urban Forestry Specialist Marie Anderson reminds residents that high winds and heavy snow can cause trees to fail, dropping heavy limbs and branches.

“Residents should be aware of their environment, and watch for hanging limbs or downed power lines that may be difficult to see lodged in a tree," she stated. "Never touch anything, including a tree, which is in contact with power lines. Immediately report downed power lines to NorthWestern Energy at 888-467-2669 or 911,” Anderson says.

Residents should call 911 to report tree debris blocking streets, sidewalks, and alleys or report property damage from downed trees. For non-emergency city tree removal, complete a tree debris removal request at here.

Crews will begin removing debris beginning on Oct. 26 ad if needed, tree debris drop-off locations will also be announced Monday. Branches and limbs from trees planted on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.

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