Alliance winter storm update

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ALLIANCE, Neb. - The City of Alliance has experienced a major winter storm and is currently under a blizzard warning. City of Alliance crews have been working to clear snow throughout the community. Citizens are encouraged to take caution as they travel around the town and travel outside of the City is not recommended.

The Alliance Airport opened at 6a.m this morning. Airport Director Lynn Placek stated “One flight has already arrived and the airport is operating as planned. As long as conditions hold we expect the flights go out today”. Flights for Sunday are anticipated to go out on time but weather condition could change that. For more information on flights please call Denver Air Connection at (866) 373-8513.

As of 7:15 a.m. all emergency snow routes have been plowed. “Public Works employees are monitoring conditions” said Ross Grant Public Works Director “and will be back out moving snow as needed.” According to the Alliance Police Department there is a significant amount of ice under snow causing slick conditions throughout the community and side streets are snow packed. The Police Department expects drifting snow throughout the community as the wind picks up later today.

Culture and Leisure Department staff were out early this morning clearing sidewalks and paths. According to Culture and leisure director Shana Brown “Downtown sidewalks are cleared and they are currently working on getting City buildings opened”. The library will be open at 10 a.m. and the Museum is planning a late start at 1 p.m. for the 17th Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Festival. However, if the wind picks up and drifting becomes significant the museum will not open.

Due to the freezing rain last night some power lines are covered in ice. With expected wind gusts above 60 miles per hour coming later today outages could occur, especially on rural lines. If you are a city of Alliance customer and experience an outage please call the Communication Center at (308) 762-4955.

“This winter storm has challenged many in our community and we are grateful to serve you and your families. During this holiday weekend I am especially thankful for the diligence and commitment of City staff.” Said Jeff Sprock Alliance City Manager.