SNOW EMERGENCY UDPATE: Snow emergency continues through weekend; rain could create problems; trash running a day behind; Christmas tree collection extended for two weeks

The City of Taylor is continuing its SNOW EMERGENCY through this weekend, given the predictions of rain on Saturday (January 11) followed by possible colder temperatures.

Residents should keep parked vehicles off of city streets and thoroughfares. Those in violation remain subject to ticketing. Given that a portion of the city is in a flood plain, the combination of heavy snows followed by rain and slightly higher temperatures could result in some type of flooding. The Department of Public Works plans to keep an eye on drains, culverts, bridges and channels in an effort to make sure that they are free of debris that might back up the storm drainage system. The reality is that rain on top of the the combined heavy snowfall already on the ground could overtax the drainage systems.

If you have a outside sewer drain near your home -- on the street or on your property -- attempt to keep it clear of ice, snow and any other build up.

Here are some tips on flooding problems:

  • If flooding becomes likely, listen to the radio or television for information
  • Know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning. A watch means flooding is possible. A warning is occurring or will occur soon
  • Be prepared. Pack a bag of important items including medications so that they can be handy wherever you are
  • Move any essential items out of your basement and into upper floors
  • Turn off main switches or valves if you are told to do so
  • Disconnect electrical appliances, especially in basements

During a flood:

  • Stay out of moving water -- as little as six inches can make you fall
  • If you have to walk in the water, walk in areas were it is not moving. Use a stick to check your footing
  • Do not drive in flooded areas
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water

After a flood:

  • Listen to radio or TV reports for updated information
  • Avoid flood waters because they may carry contamination
  • Avoid moving water
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet

IN OTHER NEWS RELATED TO THE ONGOING SNOW EMERGENCY: Trash pickup in the city remains one day behind schedule. If you were scheduled for pickup on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and did not have your trash hauled away, please contact City Hall.

Curbside Christmas tree collection has been extended for two more weeks. If you have put your tree out and it hasn't been collected for some reason, please call City Hall.

Please continue to return to the City of Taylor's Website for updates and information.