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DC Residents, Businesses Urged to Clear Snow, Ice From Sidewalks, Catch Basin Openings

Thursday, February 15, 2007

(Washington, DC) The storm is over and now District residents and businesses are urged to clear their sidewalks and nearby catch basin openings of snow, sleet and ice to prevent injury to pedestrians and prevent possible basement flooding as higher temperatures cause melting.

“We all want to be good neighbors and make it possible for adults and children to walk along our sidewalks without fear of slipping,” said DPW Director William O. Howland Jr. “In particular, I ask our businesses to make sure the handicap ramps located at intersections are clear of snow and ice.”

Howland also reminded residents and businesses that when the temperature rises and melting begins residents should clear catch basin openings to prevent water from flooding basements and other low-lying areas.