UPDATE: Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:00PM:
The City of Bend has released the following announcement.
With recent rains and continued warm weather, our record-breaking snowpack is becoming deep slush on our roads. Our Streets Department is continuing to prioritize clearing major streets, roundabouts and access to emergency services. They are also working with Utility crews to clear the City’s 11,093 storm drains and catch basins. The City of Bend has all of its available equipment working—about 18 pieces of equipment.
Our snow and ice removal plan is meant to provide cost effective maintenance with a priority on clearing collectors, arterials, streets and serve schools, medical facilities and major employment centers. This winter’s a-typical series of storms are not the norm and we understand how challenging this weather has been on our community.
The City has not called on contractors to plow residential streets today. At this time, plowing residential streets would push heavy ice berms across driveways, mailboxes, and hydrants. The denser, wet slush could refreeze and create impassible ice berms for residents. This is very different snow than we’ve had in the past few days. (These berms would truly be immovable.) Weather forecasts suggest that conditions will continue to melt slowly and the situation will improve.
If you know of an area that is causing vehicles to get stuck or may be creating a safety hazard, you can report it. The information will be helpful in directing our limited resources to the most problematic locations. You can contact the Streets Department at 541-317-3000 ext. 3.
As the snow continues to melt, residents should be cautious while driving on streets with pooling water. For a map showing places to avoid, visit www.deschutes.org/highwater. This interactive map shows streets and intersections experiencing high water that residents may want to avoid. Local flood impacted areas and road closure information will be added to the map if they occur.
Current forecast Weather Information:
Snow levels are expected to gradually fall starting today, reaching 3500 to 4000 feet area wide. Snow levels should hover between 2000 to 3500 feet for much of the weekend and into Monday morning. Expect between 1 to 2 inches, with locally as much as 3 inches of snow along the east slopes of the Oregon Cascades.
There are tasks you can do to protect yourselves and your property. The sooner the better!
This is very important. Everyone needs to play a part.
Before the weather turns warmer and wetter, residents can help prevent and prepare for anticipated flooding. Residents who feel safe doing so can help keep storm drain inlets and swales open by using a shovel or rake. You may need to do this more than once.
Direct melt off away from structures by creating paths. Remember water will travel from high points to low points by the easiest means possible. Given this, you may want to create safe pathways for water to flow and/or obtain sand bags now.
Keep an eye on your neighborhood storm drains (grates on the streets and inlets within a curb area) especially as rain nears. If it's safe to do so, continue to clear snow, ice and slush that may otherwise block your storm drain inlet to help prevent localized flooding.
Do not pull up manhole covers. This can create additional sanitary sewer flooding issues in addition to health and safety hazards. Call Utilities at 541-317-3000 (ext. 2 for storm drain issues) if you feel that lifting a manhole would relieve a flooding situation. An answering service will dispatch calls over the weekend and after hours to staff in the field.
Helpful maps for the public. Here’s a link where you can find a storm drain AND fire hydrant map:
Instructions to use this are on the home page that opens automatically. You can enter your address in the search to find what’s in your neighborhood. Separately, a map of catch basin locations:
(This link is also found on: www.bendoregon.gov/water)
Please check the latest forecast and stay alert at www.noaa.gov
Snow, Ice & Melting Information for Homes and Businesses
- REMEMBER: When clearing driveways, sidewalks, mailbox areas and snow berms DO NOT move snow into the streets or gutter where it could potentially be plowed back onto the areas you just cleared. Clearing snow in front of your property (a wide apron to the right and left of your driveway or walkway) will lessen the potential for snow berms. And make every attempt to create pathways for melt off of snow.
- Clear storm drain inlets: Removing snow from storm drain inlet areas will lead to a reduction in localized flooding as warming trends take place. Attempt to move snow onto your property line and as far back from the edge of the street as possible. More information can be found at http://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/utilities/stormwater/what-s-new
- Roofs: Sloped roofs can create safety risks as tempertures rise. Melting will bring down icicles and snow slabs off pitched roofs; be vigilant when entering or exiting a building structure to protect your safety.
- Watch out for vulnerable populations- Neighbors really need to use this opportunity to check on elderly and/or disabled neighbors. They may be isolated and immobile. They may need shoveling, groceries or medications. Now is the time to keep an eye on those who may not be prepared for this.
- Do not let children play in snow berms near roads- Encourage children to play and build their "snow forts" in the back/front yard or on private property and not out in the right-of-way snow/ice berms. Plows cannot always see children!
- Don't park on the road if possible- If your vehicle is buried in snow in the right-of-way and cannot be moved, make every attempt to clear it off of built up snow. Pile snow away from the right-of-way and as far back from storm drains. Plows cannot always judge a vehicle vs. a large snow berm.
- Get your "snow smarts on"- There are several tips for snow and ice removal on the internet that are very helpful. Prepare in advance and researching the best solutions for you. Think SAFETY!
- Before traveling on roadways, up-to-date road conditions can be found at https://tripcheck.com
- Plan smart and think safety first. If you are not able to drive, other resources are available to ensure you travel safely to and from your location. Walking, carpooling, cab, public transit are a few options to consider.
- Respect Detours: As with any emergency, detours on roadways may appear. Be respectful of the detours. This is to protect the safety of our citizens.
- Contact Cascades East Transit at (541) 385-8680 or at http://cascadeseasttransit.com for bus stop routes, schedules and information.
If you have an emergency, please call 911
Don't call 911 for these issues:
- Roof issues, clearing or repairing. Google roofing contractors, arborists, or chimney sweeps. Use licensed contractors.
- Plumbing issues such as frozen pipes. Call a licensed plumber.
- Shoveling and snow removal. Licensed excavating contractors, landscaping contractors and construction contractors. And note: government agencies are also using these services so they are busy. This is where neighbors really need to look out for each other.
Snow plow operators take pride in clearing the streets on their routes as quickly and thoroughly as possible. We strive to keep traffic moving during extreme weather conditions and travel will be limited. We ask the community to drive cautiously, safely and do not follow closely behind nor pass the snowplows.
The City of Bend does not maintain alleys or private streets. Snow removal will not be provided in these areas. Please understand that every street cannot be cleared at the same time. Under ideal circumstances, we can predict fairly accurately when we will have streets in various sections of the City plowed. However, weather conditions are changing, we often alter our snow-fighting strategies in the midst of the snow removal operations in order to control drifting snow, ice or other special emergency situations. We cannot give you an estimate of when your street will be cleared due this storm intensity or ever-changing weather conditions.
From all of us to all of you, we appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation as we strive to ensure everyone's safety first during the 2017 Winter Storm Season. Thank you and Happy New Year!!!!!
Contact the City of Bend Public Works, Street & Operations Department at (541) 317-3000 Option 3 if you have questions. During emergencies please dial 911
Our Street Division is prepared 24 hours/day, 7 days a week and responsible for clearing snow and applying de-icers on main roads, as well as trouble spots such as steep roads.
Once snowfall accumulation exceeds two inches of snow, City crews plow arterial and collector roads with special attention to emergency services and school zones.
Street Priority Levels
Priority One: Major Collectors and Arterials
Streets that provide a network system for emergency services operations, interconnect high volume streets, and serve as the major street network. Highest priority streets are:
Priority Two: Selected Collector Streets
Arterial & Collector streets necessary to provide access to Priority One Streets. Also include routes to medical facilities, schools, major employment centers, and streets requiring special attention such as steep hills or curves.
Priority Three: Residential/Other
After operations on Priority One and Two areas have been accomplished, special requests will be responded to. Normally residential streets will not be cleared until accumulation reaches six inches or more and contractors may be called out to assist. Response to special requests will depend on resource availability, weather conditions, etc.
Additional information regarding priorities and responsibilities are available for download:
- Winter Operations Tri Fold Brochure
- Snow Plowing Map
- Contracted Lots Map
- Section Map Descriptions
- Sanding Maps by Section
- Service Request Form
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Section 1
Far Northeast Bend. The western boundary is North 3rd St. (Business 97) and North Hwy 20. The north boundary is Cooley Road east from Hwy 20 to Hunnell Road North returning to North Hwy 97. This Section includes all the subdivisions north of Cooley Road, and Juniper Ridge. The eastern border starts with 18th St. south to Empire including adjacent subdivisions. The final eastern edge concludes with Yeoman Road to Deschutes Market linking up to the southern edge of Section 1 at Butler Market. Follow Butler Market back to North US 97.
- Section 2
The northern border follows Butler Market from North US 97 east to Eagle Road. The east begins with Eagle Road south to Neff Road including the Glacier Ridge subdivision south of Neff Road. The final part of the eastern edge consists of Providence subdivision terminating at East Hwy 20. The southern border is East Hwy 20/ Greenwood west to the Parkway, (US 97). The western border is the Parkway, (US 97).of Cooley Road, and Juniper Ridge. The eastern border starts with 18th St. south to Empire including adjacent subdivisions. The final eastern edge concludes with Yeoman Road to Deschutes Market linking up to the southern edge of Section 1 at Butler Market. Follow Butler Market back to North US 97.
- Section 3
The west edge of the section is the Parkway (US 97). The northern edge is Greenwood/ Hwy 20 East to the city limits. The eastern edge starts by coming from the east into the city on Bear Creek Road beginning at the UGB. This includes the adjoining subdivisions until you connect with 27th St. The rest of the eastern edge follows 27th St. south to Stevens Road, (this includes the subdivisions east of 27th St. The southern border of the section is Reed Market Road to west to the Parkway (US 97).
- Section 4
In Southeast Bend, it is bordered on the west by the Parkway (US 97). The north by Reed Market Road east to 27th St. the eastern border is 27th St. south to Ferguson Road. The section follows Ferguson Road westbound, (including the adjacent subdivisions) until it runs into 15th St. Continue south on 15th to Knott Road. Knott Road is the southern border for Section 4. The final south edge of the section is China Hat Road from Knott Road to South Hwy 97.
- Section 5
The southern edge of the section begins westbound off of South Hwy 97 on Ponderosa St to Nugget Ave linking back up with Poplar Ave stopping at Brookswood Blvd. The western edge of the section is the Deschutes River including all public subdivisions, continued north to The Southern River Crossing (Reed Market). The northern edge continues north with Bond St. to Wilson Ave, east to the Parkway (US 97). The eastern edge of the section is the Parkway (US 97).
- Section 6
The eastern and southern border of the section is the Deschutes River. The western edge contains all the public subdivisions off of South Century Dr., and Mt. Washington north to Shevlin Park Road, (including Wine Country i.e. Shevlin Meadows). Shevlin Park Road/ Newport Ave. is the northern border of the section terminating at the Deschutes River.
- Section 7
Far Northwest Bend. The southern border of the section is Newport Ave./ Shevlin Park Road west to Mt. Washington. The western edge of the section follows Mt. Washington north including all public subdivisions, to Archie Briggs. The northern edge begins with Archie Briggs Road to OB Riley Road, northbound including all public subdivisions terminating at the UGB. The eastern edge of the section starts with North Hwy 20 continued to North 3rd St, (Business Hwy 97). The section stops to the south at Mt. Washington Dr. to the Deschutes River.
- Section 8
The main downtown corridor, along with Old Bend, North Division, Drake Park and the Old Mill District. The section is bordered to the west by the Deschutes River, running north to Butler Market Road. The Parkway is the easternmost border of the section, and finally the southern end of the sections follows the Old Mill District at Wilson Avenue down to Bond Street and Reed Market Road.