Move parked vehicles from the street when heavy snowfall is predicted

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Dearborn residents are required to remove their parked vehicles from the streets when heavy snowfall (3 inches or more) is predicted, in order to allow for efficient snowplowing. If a snow emergency is declared, residents must remove parked vehicles or they could be ticketed. Residents can sign up to be alerted to snow emergencies at Nixle.com.

Cooperation makes for more efficient snowplowing

DEARBORN – Residents can help get city roads plowed faster and more effectively this winter by moving parked vehicles off the street whenever heavy snowfall (3 inches or more) is predicted.

That way, if snowplowing is needed, it can be done in the fastest and most effective manner. Keeping parked vehicles off the street allows plows to go curb-to-curb instead of working around vehicles parked in the street.

When the city declares a snow emergency, residents must remove parked vehicles from the street or they could be ticketed, and the vehicles could be towed. Police do not issue warnings.

When snowplowing is needed, city ordinance allows vehicles in a driveway to be parked across the sidewalk without penalty.

Residents should keep their parked vehicles off the street until the snow emergency is over, even if their street has been plowed once. Crews may return to clear roads again if conditions require it.

A general rule the city follows is that a snow emergency may be declared when snowfall of 3 inches or more over a short period of time is predicted. Check to see if a snow emergency has been declared via any of the following methods:

• Notice will be posted on www.cityofdearborn.org and on City of Dearborn Television (Channel 12 on Comcast and Channel 10 on WOW. AT&T cable does not broadcast CDTV).

• Call the snow emergency hotline at (313) 943-2444.

• Check TV and radio stations; when a snow emergency is declared, the city contacts the media to request that it be noted in news reports.

• City emergency warning sirens go off when a snow emergency is declared.

The city also uses Twitter messages for snow emergencies. Residents can sign up at Twitter.com to follow news from “cityofdearborn.”

Snow emergencies also may be delivered via text or e-mail messages from the public safety information system for residents who sign up at Nixle.com

For more information call the Snow Removal Hotline at (313) 943-2444.

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