SUNNYSIDE Natural gas utilities, the mailman and even the garbage service are all asking for help.
Cascade Natural Gas customers who are in areas with a heavy accumulation of snow are encouraged to inspect their natural gas meter and furnace vent area to make sure there is not a buildup of snow or ice, utility spokesman Mark Hanson.
“Although meters are designed to withstand inclement weather conditions, customers should carefully remove any snow or ice away from the meter,” Hanson said. “Accumulations of snow and ice can cause the regulator to malfunction which may create a hazardous situation.”
A buried regulator may become clogged, affecting the supply of natural gas to the appliances, he said.
“When melting occurs and the snow becomes wet and heavy, it can put pressure on the meter setting and cause strain on the associated piping,” he said. “In extreme cases, the possibility exists that the piping could break.”
Call Cascade Natural Gas at 1-888-522-1130 if there is damage.
In Grandview, the postmaster is asking residents to clear snow in front of mailboxes so carriers can deliver the mail.
In Prosser, the city’s garbage contractor, Basin Disposal, Inc., is asking residents to leave their garbage at the curb.
The company is behind on garbage pick-up due to the weather.
City staff are instructing residents to leave out their cans, beyond their usual pick-up day and the company will pick up their garbage as soon as the weather allows.
For more information, contact Basin Disposal, Inc. at 509-547-2476.
Yakima Waste Systems, Inc. that serves Sunnyside is also asking residents for patience and cooperation.
“Due to inclement weather conditions and heavy snow, and for the safety of our drivers, all trucks were called in Monday,” the company said in a released statement. “We are running on normal schedule the remainder of the week. If your regular pickup day is Monday we will collect trash or recycle on your next scheduled pickup, with extras equivalent to the service you are signed up for.”
The company can be reached at 509-248-4213.