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Vancouver Public Works' deicing effort continues; garbage and recycling services for Tuesday canceled - 02/05/19

A combination of freezing temperatures and light snow are creating slick conditions on Vancouver streets this morning. 

City of Vancouver Public Works Operations crews have worked through the night deicing high priority routes - main travel arterials, overpasses, snow bus routes, hills, and key streets around schools. As of 4 a.m., snow accumulation on Vancouver streets was light – not deep enough to plow – with east Vancouver streets seeing slightly more snow. Residential and side streets, which do not get treated, are slick, but essential routes serving police, fire and medical services remain open.

Crews are continuing to work in shifts around the clock. More snowfall is possible yet this morning, according to forecasts, with icy conditions continuing until temperatures warm up later today. In the meantime, those who must drive are encouraged to go slowly and leave ample room for stops and turns. 

In many areas of Clark County, road conditions were reported to be treacherous, covered with a thin layer of ice that formed before snow arrived. Due to these conditions, Waste Connections has canceled regular Tuesday garbage and recycling service collections for its residential customers within the City of Vancouver and throughout Clark County. Services for residential customers will be delayed a day this week, so that Tuesday collections will occur Wednesday, Wednesday on Thursday, and so on. More information about service is expected to be posted on Waste Connections’ website at

During severe weather, Vancouver's Operations crews and equipment are employed strategically, to maximize their ability to quickly tackle ice and snow if and when severe weather hits. Efforts are focused on meeting the community's highest priorities, starting with the critical arterials that serve as the community's life-saving public safety network. Public Works crews also work closely with Vancouver Fire, Vancouver Police, and Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) to clear the way to specific locations when emergency access is needed. Due to these demands and limited resources, as well as the difficulties presented by driveways and parked cars, neighborhood streets are not plowed or deiced. 
Adjacent property owners are responsible for keeping sidewalks free and passable. Residents and businesses are also encouraged to lend a helping hand to neighbors where needed.
Tips and more about what to do in advance and during severe weather conditions may be found on the city's website at

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