Mayor Keller, Albuquerque officials discuss city’s response to weather conditions

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Mayor Tim Keller and Albuquerque officials held a briefing Tuesday to discuss the city’s response to the winter weather conditions that hit the city on Monday night.

Keller and officials say the westside of Albuquerque was hit hardest by the storm. Due to the icy roads, the city’s non-essential services and offices are closed for the day. Albuquerque residents were also asked to limit travel so the city’s Municipal Development Department trucks can clear the icy roads.

Albuquerque Police Department Acting Chief Harold Medina says officers responded to 133 traffic accidents Monday night during the storm.

Albuquerque Fire Department Deputy Chief Gene Gallegos also added that in the past 24 hours, they’ve received about 350 calls. Last night, AFR responded to 12 structure fires, 39 vehicle accidents with injuries and 29 falls. Gallegos says AFR usually sees an increase in fires during cold weather. That’s why he is asking residents to keep space heaters and floor heaters away from flammable objects and don’t use kitchen appliances to warm up your home.

Pat Montoya, Director of Municipal Department says 30 trucks are working on clearing the roads. He also says crews will be working in 12 hour shifts to help stay on top of roads as Albuquerque braces for another storm Tuesday night.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling pickup was canceled Tuesday which means that services will be delayed by one day if weather permits.

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