KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The city of Independence asks for the public’s help and understanding as COVID-19 cases decimate the city’s workforce.
A tweet from the city Friday night stated that 25% of snowplows are sick and power recovery plows are down 15%.
According to the Twitter thread, employees from other city services are working to ensure there are limited delays in clearing snow and any repairs to the power supply.
The police and fire brigade also have officers and firefighters who fight against diseases, but there is minimal staff on site.
Even with the smaller number of firefighters and police officers, the city is working to make sure they get where they are needed as quickly as possible.
Officials are urging residents and others not to park on city streets.
They are also asking people to stay at home if possible as the crews work to clean the streets.
In addition, they are reminding everyone to stay home when illness strikes, get tested when signs of COVID-19 appear, and continue to be diligent about hand washing.
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