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Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Manassas City to lift snow emergency at 6

By Jennifer Buske

Manassas City officials plan to lift their snow emergency declaration at 6 p.m. Thursday, city officials said.

Until then, vehicles cannot park on streets designated as snow emergency routes. Manassas Public Works Director Mike Moon said all main roads in Manassas are cleared, however some side streets are not. City officials hope to have them all plowed by this evening.

Moon said they had 20 city employees and eight contractors out clearing roads. Roughly 200 tons of salt and 200 tons of sand were used, however, the clean up was still a challenge.

Moon said the snow came so quickly -- and while everyone started to hit the roads -- that trucks could not get ahead of vehicles. They would then get stopped behind stalled cars.

Some roads were also temporarily blocked due to sagging communication cables from Comcast and Verizon, he said.

About 2,500 customers lost power, he said, but by 6 a.m. all power was restored. The majority of the city’s power grid is underground, which helped as most outages across the region were due to downed trees, Moon said.

By Jennifer Buske  | January 27, 2011; 12:31 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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