December 9, 2009 7:05 AM
We opened up the emergency operations center this morning about 5:30a.m., which is where I am now along with managers from Streets, Metro, Police, Fire, Parks, Engineering and the Water Utility. Here's what's going on:
A general plowing operation has been in effect since midnight. General plowing means we're trying to plow all streets, including residential streets. This is going to take a long time as the snow is very heavy. It also means that we'll have to plow again when the snow ends later today, but given the quantity and weight of the snow it makes sense to clear as much as we can now. You are guaranteed to have a tall and very heavy windrow at the end of your driveway. Please help your elderly neighbors with this if you can.
We are getting reports that there are many power lines down in the MGE service area. My own power on the near West Side was down for about an hour early this morning. We're also concerned about tree limbs.
Madison Metro bus service will not start at its usual time this morning. Given that we have our own plows getting stuck, it just doesn't make sense to risk having buses also stuck. We'll make a decision later this morning about when or if to begin service today.
There was a snowball fight involving 400 students on Dayton Street last night. No injuries reported, but there was grooviness everywhere.
So it doesn't take a rocket scientist or a mayor (not easily confused) to tell you what you need to do today: find a good book, brew some coffee and stay put. More from me later.