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Now what? Dealing with the snow’s aftermath

NORTH KITSAP — And now the real fun begins. With the battle with snow over for now, the aftermath might bring a different set of issues, officials warn. This weekend, the temperatures are projected to reach the mid- to lower-40, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The warmer temperatures will turn the remaining snow to slush. Mixed with the possibility of rain, officials are concerned the abundance of water may leave enough water on roadways to create road hazards for some vehicles. Accumulated water in low-lying lands may lead to some flooding, a warning from the NWS warns.

The slush and rain mixture may also create an ideal scenario for flat roofs to collapse, Phyllis Mann, director of Kitsap County Emergency Management stated in a prepared release Wednesday.

Some places in the county have seen as much as 10 inches of snow accumulate on the ground. “If not cleared off roofs, snow will absorb additional moisture increasing roof loads and adding stress to building structures,” according to the release. It also states flat rooftops are particularly vulnerable to roof collapse, and offers these tips to minimize risk:

• Remove snow off rooftops with a rake if possible. Be cautious, however, as metal rakes conduct electricity and could result in an electric shock if they come in contact with a power line.

• If the roof is safe enough to stand on, excess snow can be shoveled off.

• Drainage systems on flat rooftops should be kept clear to reduce the risk of water puddles accumulating on the roof.

• Be aware that snow is heavy and rooftops may be slippery.

• Residents and business owners who are not comfortable cleaning their own rooftops should consult a professional.

Another unpleasant side effect of the region’s first official bout of winter is last week’s cancellation of garbage and recycling collection. According to the Waste Management Web site, www.wmnorthwest.com, those customers whose collection dates were skipped because of weather conditions can place twice as much allowed household waste at the curb on the next scheduled collection date.

To deal with the excess garbage, Waste Management recommends customers place their extra waste next to the garbage container in a securely tied plastic bag or in a 32-gallon bag. Extra waste should be labeled “garbage.”

Extra recycling can be placed next to the recycling cart in plastic recycling bins or cardboard boxes labeled “recycling.” Waste Management asks customers not set out extra recycling in plastic garbage bags.

Extra yard trimmings can be placed next to the yard cart in heavy-duty paper yard bags, reusable polywoven yard bags or 32-gallon cans with handles and lids (there is a 65-pound limit) labeled “yard.”

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