Storm cancels school, causes some accidents

  • John Santana<br>
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 12:01pm

A late winter storm dropped upwards of 10 inches of snow around the Mill Creek area on Feb. 28, causing some traffic accidents and closing local schools the next day.

Mill Creek police responded to six accidents on Feb. 28 and March 1, but only a few of those were considered weather-related by officers, police spokesman Steve Winters said. None of the accidents were serious.

The city of Mill Creek had its contractor out on the afternoon of Feb. 28 sanding major roads, public works director Tim Burns said. But even though heavy snow fell that night, there was no need to plow the roads.

“(The snow) was slushy,” Burns said. “We didn’t think we needed to plow the streets. Most of the roads were pretty clear and dry.”

Sunny skies and temperatures near 40 degrees on March 1 melted much of the snow, and some morning flurries on March 2 didn’t stick around before temperatures warmed, turning the snow into rain.

City public works crews, however, spent much of March 1 checking out the city’s stormwater system, making sure that there were no backups and no flooding. No flooding or backups were reported, Burns said.

Public schools reopened on March 2. A makeup day for March 1 was not set as of The Enterprise’s deadline.

Makeup days from earlier weather closures are today, Friday, March 9; June 8; and June 22. June 21 is now a full day for students and staff.

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