Yukon city crews praised for blizzard response

Yukon residents encouraged to check on neighbors

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Yukon Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

City of Yukon street crews earned praise for their snow clean-up efforts.

Meanwhile, city officials encouraged Yukon residents to check on their neighbors – particularly senior citizens – during the extended stretch of arctic weather.

Two snowstorms struck the Yukon area recently, one last weekend and the second mid-week. And bone-chilling temperatures have literally (and figuratively) frozen the region over the past two weeks.

Yukon city personnel worked overtime to help keep the arterial streets passable for motorists amid blizzard conditions.

“I would publicly like to commend our public works employees, especially our street department, for the great work they’ve been doing during this snowstorm,” Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar said.

“They’ve kept our roads clear. They’ve been working since last week, 12-hour shifts; morning and night. They’ve done a great job.”

SNOWBOUND RESIDENTS

With so many Yukon residents being “snowbound” of late, the city’s elected leaders asked people to help their fellow citizens during this unprecedented time.

“Be careful, be safe, stay warm,” Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton said. “Check on your neighbors, especially if they’re elderly. See if there’s anything you can do to help them.”

Ward 1 City Council Member Rick Cacini said he’s had to help pull people out of ditches after the heavy snowfall.

“People need to slow down on the streets,” Cacini added. “Even though they look clear, they need to slow down.

“Remember to help your neighbors.”

Mayor Shelli Selby reminded the public to conserve energy, setting their thermostats at 68 degrees and turning off unused appliances.

This recent North Pole-like weather has been the latest challenge faced by Yukon and its citizens.

The townspeople also have had to deal with last fall’s ice storm and mass power outages, the COVID-19 health crisis, and lingering economic uncertainty.

“We’re a strong community,” Selby said. “We’ve gone through a lot this past year and we can survive this too.”