Mayor Issues Update on City Preparations for Winter Storm

Mayor Issues Update on City Preparations for Winter Storm

TROY, NY (February 3, 2022) – Mayor Patrick Madden issued an update regarding the Collar City’s preparations for inclement winter weather expected to impact the Capital Region beginning Thursday evening. Snow, sleet, and icy conditions are possible during the next 24 hours through Friday evening.

Mayor Madden said, “City crews are making preparations ahead of Thursday’s snow storm to ensure our streets remain open for Troy residents, families, and emergency vehicles. Cooperation from the public is essential to a successful and effective response to challenging winter weather, and I encourage everyone to use caution and give our hard-working staff space to operate plow vehicles safely.”

Department of Public Works and Public Utilities crews will be deployed to treat city roadways and plow snow to keep Troy’s approximately 150 miles of roads and alleyways clear. Sufficient supply of road salt is available to treat city streets ahead of the storm.

Troy residents are encouraged to move their vehicles into driveways (where available) or to municipal parking lots and garages. Moving vehicles off the street will help keep roads open and passable for plow vehicles to clear roads of snow and ice. Residents are also reminded to observe normal alternate-side parking restrictions in their neighborhood.

Free overnight parking is available weeknights at City-owned lots and garages. For more info on available public parking options and a map of locations, visit www.troyny.gov/parking

We urge all residents regardless of their street to use caution while traveling icy or snow-covered roadways. Please keep in mind that posted speed limits apply to ideal driving conditions and that weather may warrant greater reduction of speed.

Out of an abundance of caution and until more permanent solutions can be constructed Thompson Street between Burden Avenue and Phelan Court will be closed during inclement weather.  Local traffic will be permitted and area residents may continue to access their homes and properties.

Weather Forecast

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the greater Capital Region, including Troy, beginning Thursday 5:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. Friday. Heavy snow and mixed precipitation is expected, with accumulations of 3-7 inches of snow and sleet possible for the Capital Region. Motorists should use caution and reduce speeds during the Thursday evening and Friday morning commute.

For more info on local weather conditions, please visit the NWS website at www.weather.gov/aly/

Neighborhood Safety Tips

Mayor Madden is reminding Collar City residents to review the following information and safety reminders ahead of the storm. Cooperation from the public will help assist with snow removal efforts and maintain accessibility in neighborhoods across the Troy community:

  • Help protect your home, family and neighborhood by shoveling out fire hydrants near your home or business during and after the storm. Remove any snow and ice within a 3-foot perimeter around the hydrant. This can help save firefighters valuable time when responding to possible medical or public safety emergencies in your neighborhood. During an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
  • Clear snow from your driveway, walkways and stairs to protect the health and safety of not only your family, but also mail carriers, delivery services, and emergency personnel who may be responding to a fire or medical emergency at your home.
  • Sidewalks adjacent to properties must be cleared of snow by 10:00 a.m. the day following the end of a snowstorm. Do not shovel snow into city streets – this can create a hazard for vehicles and reduces effectiveness of snow cleanup by City crews. Failure to comply will result in a violation.
  • Check in with neighbors, family, and friends – especially the elderly, those with young children, or mobility issues – who might need assistance.
  • If you lose power, please contact National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or report it online.

Sub-Freezing Temperatures

Temperatures are forecast to dip below freezing overnight into Friday, and continue through the weekend. During periods of extreme cold temperatures, Troy residents & business owners are reminded to review the following preventative measures to prevent interior water pipes from freezing:

  • Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature for both day and night, even when you are not home;
  • Close all exterior doors, including garage doors and other exterior entryways;
  • Open hot & cold faucets to a slow drip during the coldest time of the day or night;
  • Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow heat to reach un-insulated pipe near exterior walls. Don’t forget to remove any stored household cleaners and chemicals out of the reach of children; and
  • Know the location of your internal shut off valves in case of a leak or frozen pipe.

If a pipe is found to have frozen, keep the faucet(s) open and contact a licensed plumber immediately. If a household water pipe bursts, turn off the water at the internal shut-off valve immediately.

Residents can also prepare all outdoor faucets for the winter season. Start by locating all exterior faucets on their home and drain residual water and remove attached hoses. Locate and turn off each individual shutoff valve inside your home leading to each exterior faucet. After turning off the shutoff valve, drain the exterior faucet.

###

Press Contact:
John Salka, Communications Director
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131

Sign up to receive email updates at www.troyny.gov/connect
For the latest announcements, visit www.troyny.gov/news  

Follow Troy City Hall on Twitter: @TroyCityHall
Subscribe on YouTube: www.youtube.com/troyny
Connect on Instagram at instagram.com/troycityhall
Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/Troy518