Mayor Madden Issues Update on City Response to Winter Storm

Mayor Madden Issues Update on City Response to Winter Storm

For Immediate Release
January 20, 2019=

Mayor Madden Issues Update on City Response to Winter Storm

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TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden has issued the following update on city operations in response to the ongoing snowstorm and hazardous conditions impacting Troy during the holiday weekend.

“As precipitation winds down on Sunday, pushback operations will begin across the city. Crews have been working throughout the night to keep roads open for emergency vehicles and personnel. I extend my appreciation to our Department of Public Works and Public Utilities staff for their ongoing efforts before and during the storm.

“Please check on neighbors, family and friends, especially the elderly or those with young children. Lend a hand by shoveling sidewalks and ramps near your home or business. Help keep our City accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability.

“Residents are reminded to not shovel, snow blow or plow snow back into the roadway. This reduces effectiveness of snow plows and may create a hazard for vehicles. Please do not drive today unless absolutely necessary. Stranded/stuck cars hinder effectiveness of plow vehicles. With over 150 miles of roads to clear across the city we need to keep our trucks moving. 

“Please observe all posted parking restrictions on Monday, Jan. 21st. Despite the holiday, all areas posted with regular Monday alternate-side parking restrictions will receive focused pushback operations tomorrow. Avoid being ticketed and towed by moving your vehicle to city-owned lots and parking garages for weekend/overnight parking. Free parking will be available in city-owned facilities until 8:00am, Tuesday, Jan. 22nd. A map and full list of locations is available at http://www.troyny.gov/parking 

“If available, residents are asked to park vehicles in driveways to keep city roadways as clear of obstacles as possible. Your cooperation will assist in keeping our streets open and passable.

“We thank our residents, families and business owners for their patience. With your cooperation and assistance, we can ensure a quick and efficient response to the storm.”

Weather Conditions

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a winter storm warning remains in effect for the Capital Region until 4:00pm, Sunday, January 20th. Heavy snow/mixed precipitation of sleet, freezing rain is expected. NWS has issued a wind chill warning for Troy and the greater Capital Region beginning 6:00pm Sunday to 6:00pm Monday, January 21st. Dangerously cold wind chills expected. Residents asked to take appropriate precautions if going outdoors. For more information on local weather conditions, please visit the NWS website at www.weather.gov/aly/

Snow Emergency

A snow emergency has NOT been declared at this time. Snow emergencies are declared at the discretion of the Mayor approximately eight hours before the measure goes into effect. In the event a snow emergency is announced, news outlets – including print newspapers, radio and television stations –will be immediately notified. Information will also be posted on the city website and social media pages. An emergency will begin at either 8:00 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. and last 48 hours. However, if conditions warrant, an emergency may be extended an additional 48 hours with the odd/even parking restrictions starting over.

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Press Contact: John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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