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City of Ontario, Oregon


Adam J. Brown, City Manager

PRESS RELEASE

Weather Event Update

January 27, 2017

Cold temperatures have remained, which has prevented any fast snow melt. Forty to fifty percent of the cities storm drains have now been cleared by City Public Works and mutual aid partners from the Owyhee Irrigation District and the Ontario Farmers Supply Coop.

Cascades Gas would like to make everyone aware of the dangers of removing snow from alleys, homes, and streets. Natural gas meters have been covered by falling snow from the rooftops and plowing, making them extremely difficult to recognize while removing the snow. Meters and house piping have been hit recently, resulting ruptures and blowing gas. Please take extra care while removing the snow and in the event a meter is hit, call 1-888-522-1130 so Cascades Gas can respond accordingly. In the event there is blowing gas, dial 911.

The City of Ontario will continue to make sandbags available Friday, January 27, 2017 between the hours of 4 and 6 PM and Saturday and Sunday between 1 and 4 PM. Ontario Fire Station 2 is located at 3288 SW 4th Ave., Ontario, OR, 97914. Sand is generously being donated by the Ontario Farmers Supply Coop. There may be some already filled, but citizens should be prepared to fill the bags themselves. The City emergency operations center will update the times of availability for sand bags each day on the city’s website. Please check our website for availability. http://www.ontariooregon.org/

The City has begun an incentive drawing for clearing fire hydrants. When you clear a fire hydrant, take a picture of it, and email a picture with the fire hydrant number to hydrant@ontariooregon.org or hydrantdrawing@ontariooregon.org you will be entered into a random drawing for a $25.00 gift card. See our  web page or Facebook page for more details.

The City is marking unattended vehicles on the road side and towing them if not removed within 72 hours. The City does not wish to put residents through this trouble so we encourage you to seek help removing your vehicles.

Thank you for your assistance and patience in this City weather event.

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PRESS RELEASE

Weather Event Update

January 23, 2017

The Oregon Department of Transportation will be working with the City of Ontario to clear 4th Avenue from downtown to the Yturri Beltline (State Highway 201). To accomplish this, much of the sidewalks along 4th Avenue will be covered. Due to the volume of snow a decision was made to open up the car and bike lanes in lieu of the sidewalks. We will not be enforcing the sidewalk ordinance during the time that the snow melts. As the snow melts in the coming weeks we encourage business owners to assist in any way they can to clear those sidewalks as the snow softens and melts. The pack from the snow removal will be dense and hard at first. This will take approximately three days to complete.

Ontario Sanitary has suspended curb side recycling until such time as it is more practical to collect. We encourage businesses and residents to be helpful in assisting sanitary haulers and mail carriers in finding their way through the snow pack by making their containers and mailboxes accessible. The city has identified critical needs for access working with Ontario Sanitary and will be working on those sites immediately.

The City of Ontario will continue to make sandbags available through Wednesday January 23, 2017 between the hours of 4 to 6 p.m.. Ontario Fire Station 2 is located at 3288 SW 4th Ave., Ontario, OR, 97914. There may be some already filled, but citizens may need to fill the bags themselves. The City emergency operations center will update the times of availability for sand bags each day on the city’s website. Please check our website for availability. http://www.ontariooregon.org/

We are still asking that citizens make every attempt possible to move parked cars from the street. This is impeding snow removal operations and causing very narrow plowing in some residential areas. Unattended vehicles will be marked and towed if not removed within 72 hours.

Thank you for your assistance and patience in this City weather event.

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444 SW 4th Street, Ontario, Oregon  -  www.ontariooregon.org  -  Phone 541-889-7684  Fax  541-889-7121

 

 



 

PRESS RELEASE

Sand Bag Availability and Car Removals

January 20, 2017

The City of Ontario will make sandbags available today through Monday. Ontario Fire Station 2 is located at 3288 SW 4th Ave., Ontario, OR, 97914. Friday evening they will be available between the hours of 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday they will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. in the afternoon. They will be available Monday also between 4 and 6 p.m.. There may be some already filled, but citizens may need to fill the bags themselves. The City emergency operations center will update the times of availability for sand bags each day on the city’s website. Please check our website for availability. http://www.ontariooregon.org/

Additionally we are asking that citizens make every attempt possible to move parked cars from the street. This is impeding snow removal operations and causing very narrow plowing in some residential areas.

Thank you for your assistance and patience in this City weather event.

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444 SW 4th Street, Ontario, Oregon  -  www.ontariooregon.org  -  Phone 541-889-7684  Fax  541-889-7121

 
 


 
PRESS RELEASE

Emergency Weather Update

January 18, 2017

The City of Ontario has been operating an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the past two weeks as we work our way through this weather emergency. The EOC meets one to two times per day to assess and realign our strategies.  A non-emergency number has been established for citizens to express concern: 541-881-3260.  If your call is not immediately returned it will be returned. Calls after 5 p.m. will be returned as soon as possible the next morning. If there is an emergency call 911.

Additional accumulations of snow will come in over the next 24 hours. This will be a heavier and moister snow than we received earlier. An additional 5 lbs. per square foot of weight is expected with this new snow. The low temperatures today will prevent major snow melt.

As a precautionary measure, sand bags and sand are available at Ontario Fire Station 2 (3288 SW 4th Ave., Ontario, OR, 97914) during the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday January 18, 2017. Citizens will need to fill the bags themselves and are limited to 10 bags. The emergency operations center will update the times of availability for sand bags each day on the city’s website. Please check our website for availability. http://www.ontariooregon.org/

In addition to clearing roads from new snow, public works staff and mutual aid partners will be focused on clearing snow from storm drains. We would like to thank the Owyhee Irrigation District and the Farmers Co-op for assisting the City in this time of emergency.

We remind you to help yourself and help your neighbor. Be mindful of neighbors who have difficulty shoveling and assist where you are physically able. A map of storm drains is available online if you would like to help dig out storm drains. This will help when the snow begins to melt to prevent flooding.

Thank you for your assistance in this City weather event.

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444 SW 4th Street, Ontario, Oregon  -  www.ontariooregon.org  -  Phone 541-889-7684  Fax  541-889-7121



 
PRESS RELEASE

Citizen Information Regarding the Snow Emergency

January 11, 2017 - updated 4:50 PM

 

At 11 AM this morning the City of Ontario requested Malheur County declare a State of Emergency on behalf of the City of Ontario.  Malheur County filed a Declaration of Emergency shortly thereafter.  Legislators have been in communication with Governor Kate Brown in these efforts.  The weather events we have experienced over the last few weeks has been unprecedented in recent history.  We are working with all our available assets to mitigate any devastating impacts of the snow.

There are things citizens can do to help the relief effort.

There are things of which businesses should be mindful.  Flat roofs with long spans are particularly vulnerable.

Citizens with concerns about the weather event will be triaged at 541-881-3260.  Your message will be sent to the appropriate person afterwards.

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444 SW 4th Street, Ontario, Oregon  -  www.ontariooregon.org  -  Phone 541-889-7684  Fax  541-889-7121

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PRESS RELEASE

Declaration of Emergency

January 11, 2017

 

At 11 AM this morning the City of Ontario requested Malheur County declare a State of Emergency on behalf of the City of Ontario.  The weather event we have experienced over the last few weeks has been unprecedented in the last 30 years.  With multiple building collapses, storm drain clearance needs, and the city's equipment and personnel fully exhausted, the city has need of utilizing additional resources and funding.

We anticipate working collaboratively with the County and State to utilize available resources.

City Manager, Adam Brown, can be reached for comment at 541-709-4001.

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Press Release - Declaration of Emergency