For Immediate Release
December 16, 2020
Mayor Madden Issues Update on City Preparations Ahead of Wednesday Snow Storm
TROY, NY – Ahead of potentially significant snowfall arriving in the Capital Region tonight, Mayor Patrick Madden has issued an update on the City’s preparations ahead of Wednesday’s winter storm.
Mayor Madden said, “Keeping roadways open and passable is essential during periods of heavy snowfall. Necessary preparations are being made to keep roadways clear of snow and ice to allow residents and families to travel safely to their destinations and ensure emergency vehicles and personnel can quickly respond to calls for assistance. We ask all Trojans to take appropriate precautions, limit travel when possible, and give City plow vehicles room to clear snow from streets throughout the storm.”
City Department of Public Works and Public Utilities crews are coordinating on snow preparation efforts ahead of the storm. Approximately 30 vehicles will be deployed dedicated to snow plowing and cleanup to keep Troy’s approximately 150 miles of roads and alleyways clear. Sufficient supply of road salt is available to treat streets ahead of the storm.
Residents are encouraged to move their vehicles into driveways (where available) or City-owned off-street lots and garages to keep roadways clear for plow vehicles to operate. Free overnight parking is also available at City-owned lots and garages. For a map of available public parking options, visit www.troyny.gov/parking
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the greater Capital Region, including Troy. Heavy snow is expected, with accumulations of 8 to 16 inches possible. Travel may be impacted. The Winter Storm Warning will remain in effect from 7:00 p.m., Wednesday through 1:00 p.m. Thursday.
For more info on local weather conditions, please visit the NWS website at www.weather.gov/aly/
Snow Emergency Plan
Additionally, Mayor Madden is reminding Troy residents, families and businesses to review the city’s Snow Emergency rules and procedures.
“In the case of significant snowfall, the City may declare a snow emergency to clear roads after a major storm. Full cooperation from the public is critical to ensure our streets remain open and passable,” added Mayor Madden. “We can all do our part to help City crews quickly and efficiently clear roadways by reviewing the necessary Snow Emergency rules and procedures.”
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, the public & 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 (see below). Residents are also encouraged to sign-up for email alerts from City Hall.
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.
The City’s Snow Emergency procedures (including parking restrictions, garbage collection changes, and available public parking) is available at http://www.troyny.gov/departments/parking/snow-emergency/
Neighborhood Safety Tips
Mayor Madden encourages Troy residents to lend a hand during the storm. The City has issued the following reminders to Collar City residents to assist with snow removal efforts in neighborhoods across the community:
- Help protect your family and neighborhood by shoveling out fire hydrants near your home or business during and after the storm. This can help save local emergency personnel valuable time when responding to possible medical or public safety emergencies in your neighborhood. During an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
- 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.
- 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.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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