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Trash services delayed as cities tow vehicles to clear roads

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Kansas City began on Monday towing vehicles blocking the routes of snow plows as the impending storm forced sanitation works to cancel Tuesday services.

"We are suspending trash collection for tomorrow so trash scheduled for today will be delayed a week and everything subsequent after that," City Manager Troy Schulte said.

Some residents were upset to find that their cars had been towed or were confused about where they could and couldn't park. The city told residents to their cars to the west side of the street if they live on a north-south route while you are to park your vehicle on the north side if you live on an east-west route.

Chantale Balem managed to leave her residence just as police were preparing to tow her vehicle.

"I didn't know what side. I kept hearing them say to move it, but I didn't know it was suppose to be over there though," she said.

Despite the warnings, there were 197 locations that tow trucks went to in order to remove vehicles impeding traffic.

"The cleanup has become even more urgent because of the impending storm and we need the help of our citizens to make this as smooth as possible," Mayor Sly James said. "We tried our best to give residents as much notice but unfortunately the time is up. The storm is getting nearer and we have to do what is necessary to make sure our emergency vehicles and first responders have access to homes and apartments."

Road crews said this storm would be more difficult than last week's white-out conditions that paralyzed the area. Because of the expected rain that it will wash away salt, brine and other mixtures, crews can't do the pre-treating they did last week.

Schulte warned that snow plows would be pushing snow onto driveways.

"We are going to be plowing a lot more as we try to widen the intersections and the arterials," the city manager said.

City officials warn to ensure your children don't make a snow fort in a street even if it's a cul de sac. Public works crews have had closed calls with children hidden by a snow fort.

The Area Transportation Authority shut down bus service last Thursday at 1 p.m. after numerous wrecks. Buses are scheduled to run as normal, but officials say that could quickly change depending on conditions.

Major garbage collection companies and governments already said trash pick up would be suspended Tuesday.

Kansas City said there would be no trash pickup on Tuesday. Routes will be delayed one day for the rest of the week.

Residents may place four bags, rather than two, curbside once pickup services resume on Wednesday.

For example, residents with Friday collection will receive service on Saturday. Residents with regular Monday collection will not be affected in Kansas City.

Deffenbaugh also said there will be no residential trash or recycling on Tuesday. Customers should not place out their materials at the curb until snow plowing operations are completed, a spokesman for Deffenbaugh said.

"We will update and announce our collection schedule for the balance of the week based on weather and street conditions," the statement read. "As always, the safety of our customers and our employees remain paramount."

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