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Providence Declares Citywide Parking Ban Beginning at 9PM
Clearing major roads, emergency routes is first priority; side streets are not plowed immediately during a snow event
PROVIDENCE, RI – In preparation for a snowstorm that is forecast to begin late this afternoon and peak in intensity this evening, Mayor Angel Taveras has declared a citywide parking ban beginning at 9PM tonight, Saturday, December 14. The parking ban will remain in effect until further notice.
Snowfall is forecasted to begin later this afternoon, peaking in intensity during the evening hours with 3-6 inches of snow before turning to sleet and rain early tomorrow morning.
Residents with overnight parking passes and all residents are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed.
The Department of Public Works has prepared all equipment and personnel to respond to the storm.
Residents can stay up to date on the latest storm developments from the City by following the Twitter accounts of Mayor Taveras (http://www.twitter.com/angel_taveras) and PEMA (http://www.twitter.com/pema591) or by monitoring the Facebook account of Mayor Taveras (http://www.facebook.com/AngelTaverasOfficial).
The City's snow hotline will not be open during this storm.
Due to the impending storm, this evening's Waterfire event has been cancelled.
Property owners are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, catch basins, fire hydrants and pedestrian ramps adjacent to their property within 8 hours after snow stops falling. Residents are asked to take care not to shovel snow onto roadways after streets have been plowed. Fines ranging from $20 to $500 will be imposed on residents not in compliance.
By City Ordinance, businesses and residents must not place snow removed by plowing or shoveling into public roadways and sidewalks. Fines ranging from $20 to $500 will be imposed on residents not in compliance.
Motorists are advised not to double park on streets, and not to park within eight feet of fire hydrants. Blocking fire hydrants and causing any delay of fire, police and other emergency vehicles is a serious public safety hazard.
For fire safety purposes, residents are urged not to rebury fire hydrants after they have been dug out.
For more information about snow removal in Providence, visit http://providenceri.com/snowready.
SNOW ON ROOFTOPS POSES SAFETY RISK
Residents are asked to closely monitor snow accumulation on business and residential buildings. Heavy snow can add stress to structures. Flat, commercial roofs are most vulnerable to stress, but slanted structures may also be susceptible. Residents should take reasonable precautions to monitor their homes and businesses and safely remove snow from roofs as necessary.
Residents should stay tuned for any additional delays and cancellations.