Plows boosted by a third

Above, Mayor Jean Stothert announces street-clearing plans Monday. Behind the mayor, from left, are Planning Director James Thele, Metro Transit Safety Director David Jameson, Fire Chief Bernie Kanger, Parks Director Brook Bench and City Engineer Todd Pfitzer.


The City of Omaha will boost the number of plows tackling major routes during today's expected snowstorm by about 30 percent and plans to run those plows throughout the storm, no matter how bad conditions get.

That was among the key pieces of information from a briefing Monday at City Hall.

Mayor Jean Stothert has said that only essential city employees will report to work today and she asked that other employers take similar steps to reduce the amount of traffic on local streets.

"We are recommending that anybody who can stay home does so," she said.

The city will increase plowing of major routes by reallocating equipment from the Parks and Recreation Department.

As a result, areas that the Parks Department typically plows won't be cleared until later. Specifically, community centers, parks and trails probably won't open after the storm as quickly as they otherwise would.

Local governments have been planning since last week for this storm, and the Douglas County Emergency Management center was to be open overnight and today with a designated command structure in place to coordinate storm response.

Updates will be made through social media, government websites and local news media.

The Mayor's Hotline will open at 7 a.m. to begin taking complaints or questions. To reach the Mayor's Hotline, call 402-444-5555 or email

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