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3/6/2013 - Mayor Finch Declares Snow Emergency Beginning at 5 p.m. Today

No Parking on Snow Emergency Streets;
Alternate Side of the Street Parking in Force on All Other Roadways

BRIDGEPORT, CT (March 6, 2013) – Mayor Bill Finch declared a Snow Emergency beginning at 5 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 6) to assist emergency responders and City public works crews in keeping streets clear in advance of the back-to-back storms that could drop up to six inches of snow along the shoreline during the next two days.

During the snow emergency, residents must move their cars off posted snow emergency streets. Alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect for all other streets throughout the City in order to allow snow plow drivers’ and emergency responders clear passage.

“This storm is expected to last through Friday morning with alternating periods of snow and rain, and should bring about 3-6 inches of snowfall,” said Mayor Finch. “We ask all residents to follow the alternate side of the street parking rules in order to keep the streets clear for our plow crews and emergency responders.

Snow emergency streets are marked with white signs with red lettering. A list of snow streets can be found on the City’s website – http://www.bridgeportct.gov/content/89019/89753/95485/95497.aspx. No parking is allowed on snow emergency streets. Vehicles left on snow emergency streets after the ban goes into effect will be subject to fines and towing.

During the storm, residents may call 203.576.1311 with snow plowing concerns. Residents can use the City’s BConnected request system online at www.bridgeportct.gov/bconnected  or on the BConnected mobile application available on iPhone or Android smartphones to report any snow-related concerns.

Latest weather forecasts project two storms hitting Connecticut on consecutive days. Rain will continue through this afternoon and change to snow this evening. The snowfall will continue overnight with estimated accumulation between one and three inches. Sustained winds of 15-20 mph are expected overnight with higher gusts possible; winds will pick up again Thursday afternoon through the evening with gusts up to 50 mph possible.

“We want to err on the side of caution. There is a potential for up to six inches of heavy, wet snow accumulation,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “Our plow drivers are ready.”

Residents should listen to local radio and TV stations for weather updates or cancellations.

What the snow emergency means:

  • No parking is allowed on snow emergency streets. Residents must move their cars off posted snow emergency streets.
  • Snow emergency streets are marked with white signs with red lettering. A list of snow streets can be found on the City’s website -- http://www.bridgeportct.gov/content/89019/89753/95485/95497.aspx. No parking is allowed on snow emergency streets. Vehicles left on snow emergency streets after the ban goes into effect will be subject to fines and towing.
  • Alternate Side of the Street Parking Rules are in effect during a snow emergency for all other streets throughout the city to allow plow drivers and emergency responders clear passage. Cars should be parked on the even side of the street (house numbers ending in 2,4,6,8,0) on even-numbered days of the week, and on the odd side of the street (house numbers ending in 1,3,5,7,9) on odd-numbered days of the week.

Important Information for Residents:

  • Residents are encouraged to shovel out hydrants and catch basins near or abutting their property to assist public safety personnel and to protect against flooding.
  • Avoid driving vehicles on slippery roads to keep roadways clear for plowing equipment and emergency vehicles.
  • Remove snow from sidewalks, and use salt or sand on sidewalks, stairs and pedestrian ramps to prevent slippery surfaces.
  • Check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors who may need help.
  • Use caution when walking near buildings that may have falling snow or ice
  • Parking rules are strictly enforced during snow emergency events. 
  • In case of a power outage, the Fire Department reminds residents to use flashlights, not candles.
  • Report all non-emergency storm-related issues to the City’s Emergency Operations Center at 203.576.1311.
  • In the case of emergency call 9-1-1.

From the Department of Public Works:

  • Residents are reminded to not shovel or blow snow from the sidewalk or driveway on to the street.
  • The City’s Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, March 7.