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City of Prescott mayor rescinds Proclamation of Emergency
Snowstorm dumped more than 20 inches in downtown Prescott

Prescott Courthouse on Feb. 22, 2019. (Max Efrein/Daily Courier)

Prescott Courthouse on Feb. 22, 2019. (Max Efrein/Daily Courier)

Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli today rescinded the Proclamation of Emergency, related to the snow event which took place in Prescott on Feb. 21 and 22.

Dumping more than 20 inches of snow in downtown Prescott, the winter storm was considered to be the largest in more than 30 years in Prescott, according to a news release from Prescott Community Outreach Manager John Heiney.

In accordance with ARS 26-311, the proclamation allowed the City of Prescott to seek reimbursement if and when a state or federal emergency or disaster declaration is made. The proclamation was also used to emphasize the urgency of the snowstorm and to urge drivers to stay off the roads. Further, it permitted for the taking of additional steps to make streets safe during the storm if they were needed.

During the storm, an Emergency Operations Center was activated as well, allowing for rapid response to community needs and to coordinate communication to the public.

“Plow crews from the Streets division have been on rotating 12-hour shifts, operating 24 hours a day since Wednesday,” the release stated. “Crews form the Recreation Services Department supplemented snow removal efforts with heavy equipment operations, and hand work on snow blowers and shovels.”

The Prescott Police Department and Prescott Fire Department were fully staffed during the storm. They responded to 371 law enforcement and 314 fire/EMS calls for service that resulted in an emergency response as of 5 p.m. Friday.

“I would like to express our appreciation for your leadership during the recent storm,” Mengarelli said in a message to staff members late Friday. “On behalf of the Council, thank you for your dedication, diligence and efforts during the storm.”

Emergency operations and snow removal efforts are continuing at full capacity with snow plows working to keep the major streets clear while focusing on secondary streets and neighborhoods which they have been doing since noon Friday. Their efforts will continue through early next week.

Residents are urged to be patient as crews dig out from the snowfall.

For City of Prescott plowing updates, go to www.prescott-az.gov and click on Snow Plowing Information or follow the City of Prescott Government on Facebook. For non-emergency snow-related questions pertaining to the City of Prescott, call 928-777-1100.

Information provided by City of Prescott

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