Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA Snow Emergency Updates January 26, 2011

Philly Declaring Snow Emergency At 7 PM

PHILADELPHIA – The city of Philadelphia will declare a snow emergency at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mayor Michael Nutter announced by morning. All vehicles parked in snow emergency routes must be moved prior to that time as wintry precipitation that began early in the day resumes with a mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain. Weather forecasts predict that the precipitation will change to snow and Philadelphia will receive over six inches. “Our Streets Department and the citizens of Philadelphia have performed admirably this winter as we’ve been hit with snow storm after snow storm,” Nutter said in a news release. “Another storm is coming and I’d like to urge all Philadelphians to be careful on the streets. If you have to go out, give yourself extra time. Do not forget to check in on elderly neighbors or help them to shovel their sidewalks. Our Streets Department was out clearing the streets early this morning, and they’ll be out this evening as well to keep Philadelphia running.” Streets Department snow operations, which started at 3 a.m. Wednesday, were expected to continue until conditions improved. The city has 250 pieces of equipment and 100 crews deployed as part of its snow removal efforts. The city says crews began applying a brine solution to prevent icing at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday evening, 450 pieces of equipment and 700 streets department crew members will be clearing streets. Trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. Residents with Thursday pick up should put out their trash and recycling on Friday. Residents with rear driveway pickup should place their collections curbside. “Our priority is public safety. Crews and trucks that normally are dedicated to trash and recycling will be fully engaged making streets passable,” Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson said in a news release. “When there are significant snow accumulations our vehicles chance getting lodged in unclear driveways. It is important our vehicles stay operating to continue providing service to our citizens.” In anticipation of the snow emergency, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) has announced a two-day parking discount beginning after 4 p.m. Wednesday and ending Friday at 7:00 a.m. Individuals can park at PPA-owned-and-operated Center City garages and will be charged a $5 flat rate per day. Parking garages are located at:

  • Auto-Park at JFK (16th & JFK)
  • Auto-Park at Independence Mall (5th & Market)
  • Auto-Park at Jefferson (10th & Ludlow)
  • Auto-Park at Gallery Mall (10th & Filbert)
  • Auto-Park at 8th & Filbert
  • Auto-Park at Old City at 2nd and Sansom

The city urged residents to follow these tips:

  • Apply any commercial de-icer on steps and sidewalks early to prevent residual moisture from freezing over and creating icy conditions.
  • Clear a sidewalk path at least 36″ wide within 6 hours of the end of the storm as listed in the Philadelphia Code (10-720).
  • Clear snow from neighborhood sewer drains to allow melting snow to drain.
  • Be conscious of the environment – use de-icing salts only as much as needed. One pound of de-icer can cover 100 to 200 square feet.
  • De-icer should be applied as soon as a light accumulation has developed on the surface. This will break the bond between additional accumulations and the pavement surface, and will make it easier to shovel.
  • A final light application of a de-icer may be required after removal is completed to melt the residual snow.
  • Make sure you park your car as far away from the corner as possible. Cars parked too close to the corner limit the turning radius of salting vehicles.
  • Clear snow from neighborhood storm drains to allow melting snow to drain. Make sure firefighters will have easy access to fire hydrants by clearing snow around the hydrants.
  • Check on sick and elderly neighbors.

To report a street in need of salting or plowing or for more information on any Streets Department program or service, call 311. You may also visit the Streets Department online at http://www.phila.gov/streets/Snow_Emergency.html . The City’s Code Blue remains in effect to provide additional support to the homeless. If you see a homeless person in need of assistance, please call the Homeless Outreach Coordination Center at 215-232-1984.