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Winter Storm Update

GILA COUNTY DIVISION of HEALTH and EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
WINTER STORM UPDATE  >  February 21, 2019 

 

 

Early portions of this weeks major winter storm have moved into the area as snowfall and wind has begun to increase across Gila County.  Gila County Emergency Management is following the storm conditions and watching for impacts on the roads and electricity grid. 
Road Closures - and Road Alerts
Drivers should consider delaying travel during the current winter storm because heavy snow, ice and crashes could make roads impassable. Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT. Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and on Twitter @ArizonaDOT. When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, our free app available at ADOTAlerts.com will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas where possible, in advance of alternate routes.
Power Lines - Use Caution
Snow build-up on roads, electric poles and wires, and strong winds can cause additional closures and outages. APS has crews prepared to handle any service disruptions in a safe and efficient manner. Please be cautious if you see a fallen tree limb or fallen powerlines. Downed powerlines may be energized and are dangerous. If powerlines are down, stay at least 10 meters away (the length of a school bus), and call 911 immediately. Emergency Management encourages residents and visitors to be prepared for power outages before the power goes out. Local emergency responders recommend that residents prepare and plan to be self-sufficient for 72 hours in an emergency situation.
•             Please make sure that you have flashlights and batteries available.
•             Do not use charcoal or a gas barbecue, camping heating equipment or portage generators indoors as they produce deadly carbon monoxide gas.
•             Before you leave home, please do a walkthrough of your home just as you would when going on vacation and make sure all appliances are turned off such as stoves, ovens, coffeemakers, etc. Current ADOT Road Closures: Both directions of Interstate 40 and southbound US 93 are closed in Kingman because of snow, ice and multiple disabled vehicles, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The I-40 closure is at Stockton Hill Road, near milepost 51. The US 93 closure is at Coyote Pass, milepost 69, which is about 2 miles northwest of I-40.
Current Road Closures as of Friday 3:00 PM
•             I-40 eastbound is closed at SR 95. All traffic must head south on SR 95. •             SR 89A is closed just outside of Flagstaff, between mileposts 387 and 398. •             US 93 northbound is closed at SR 71 near Wickenburg. US 93 southbound is closed at Coyote Pass, milepost 69, about 2 miles northwest of I-40
•             SR 87 is closed from Payson to Winslow between mileposts 254 and 337. •             SR 87 southbound is closed south of Payson at milepost 250 because of multiple crashes
•             SR 87 is closed in both directions at milepost 231, south of the SR 188 junction due to multiple disabled vehicles
•             SR 260 is closed in both directions between Star Valley and Heber
•             SR 260 eastbound is closed at milepost 228, east of I-17. At this time, ADOT cannot provide estimated times for these roadways to re-open. 
*   Sheltering: Pine/Strawberry Shelter is open at the cultural center Mazatzal Casino Bingo Hall is open as a warming station for stranded travelers The Gila County Emergency Operations Center has been activated and our call center is open for calls. PUBLIC INFORMATION CONTACT Carl Melford (928) 402-8888