FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, January 10, 2009
City of Toledo Issues Snow Emergency
With snow accumulations expected to reach between 8" -10" by Sunday, City of Toledo Chief of Staff/Public Safety Director Robert Reinbolt has declared a Snow Emergency, effective immediately. During a Snow Emergency, citizens are asked not to park their vehicles on snow emergency routes, which are basically the City's main streets, including all TARTA bus routes. The purpose of this parking ban is to allow plow trucks to remove snow more quickly and efficiently. Citizens and the media can call the Streets, Bridges & Harbor dispatcher for a list of snow emergency routes (phone number is below).
Plowing will continue around the clock to keep Toledo's streets as clean and safe as possible, with 101 plow trucks currently deployed. At 6 a.m. this morning, the City of Toledo Storm Command Center was activated. Sister divisions of the City of Toledo Departments of Public Service and Public Utilities (Parks, Sewers, Water, etc.), and private snow plow operators were called in to begin plowing the City's residential streets. Street, Bridges & Harbor crews will continue to keep Priority l streets open throughout the storm.
Questions can be answered by calling the Streets, Bridges & Harbor dispatcher at 419-936-2523.
As an aside - I had an errand to run which poses no problems for me in my 4WD Jeep, and saw one of my neighbors two streets over having the time of his life. Well, maybe not the time of his life, but he sure did look like he was having fun. He's got a small plow attached to the front of his ATV and he was going up and down his street shovelling the snow aside, waving at neighbors doing their sidewalks and just grinning as much as his face would allow.
What a nice thing to do, especially since I have no expectation that my street will be plowed anytime soon...despite the best efforts of the city employees. We're just not high on the priority list. Wonder if he'll head this way when his street is done? I'll give him a beer, if he does...