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Mayor Keller and City Leaders Give Update on Storm Preparedness and Response

City works to ensure safe roads, delivery of services, and access to resources during severe winter weather

February 2, 2022

Mayor Tim Keller and leadership from departments critical to the City’s inclement winter weather response provided an update this morning on what steps the City is taking to safely navigate the snow and extreme cold temperatures. The City’s approach is focused on the need for delivery of essentials like transportation and solid waste services as well as the safety of the City workforce.

“We know that when these storms are combined with bitter cold temperatures for days at a time, things can get dangerous,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We’ve been through this before and are responding across departments to keep folks safe and make sure that vulnerable communities have access to resources they need. City workers have been preparing around the clock and will continue to work safely to keep things going.”

The Department of Municipal Development has 35 employees salting and plowing the roadway in 12-hours shifts. The department is utilizing 35 snowplows and salt spreaders.

Dangerous driving conditions often result in an increase in accidents to which APD and AFR are prepared to respond. Many minor crashes also occur that do not require APD or AFR. We ask those residents to call 242-COPS or go online to report a crash.

The Department of Family and Community Services offers 24/7 shelter services to help folks stay warm and out of temperatures that can be life-threatening. Information about transportation to and from the Westside Emergency Housing Center can be found at cabq.gov.wehc.

Updates on how inclement weather impacts City services, visit cabq.gov/winterupdates.

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