City of Ottumwa declares Snow Emergency

March 3, 2014 - Ottumwa, Iowa â?? The City of Ottumwa Snow Emergency will be lifted, effective at 9:00, Monday, March 3, 2014. On-street parking in the City will return to the regular, posted regulations at that time. The City appreciates the publicâ??s cooperation and patience with the ongoing snow removal operation and regrets any inconvenience caused by the process.

Residents and business owners are reminded to avoid placing the snow from driveways on the street, or plowing snow from driveways and depositing it on the right-of-way across the street. Persons removing snow and/or ice from private property and depositing it on any public street, alley or sidewalk is subject to a citation. Property owners are responsible for maintaining sidewalks adjacent to their property year-round. Property owners should clear their sidewalks as soon as possible. Snow and ice should be removed from the full width of the sidewalk to allow people of all ages and physical conditions to use the walkway.


In anticipation of heavy snow, the City of Ottumwa's Snow Emergency Ordinance will go into effect at noon on Saturday March 1. Residents are reminded that while the Snow Emergency is declared, no parking is allowed on streets designated as â??Snow Routesâ?? until the emergency is lifted. Snow Routes are marked with square blue signs showing a white snowflake.

Parking on non-snow emergency route streets rotates sides on a daily basis. On the even numbered days, parking is allowed on the even numbered side of the street. On the odd numbered days, parking is allowed on the odd numbered side of the street.

The Snow Emergency will remain in effect from noon on Saturday until further notice. While the Snow Emergency Ordinance is in effect, all vehicles parked out of compliance with the Ordinance are subject to being towed and impounded and a citation will be issued and fee charged for towing and impoundment.

During snow storms, City Public Works crews focus on keeping the snow routes and major streets open through the duration of the storm. This allows essential and emergency travel around town even in the worst of conditions. Once the snow stops, the focus shifts to clearing the side streets and residential areas.

During winter storms, City, County and State snowplows work hard to make roads passable. All motorists should be mindful that plow drivers cannot see directly behind their trucks and often stop or back up. Staying a safe distance behind a snowplow will protect you from possible injury and protect your car from sanding material that plows spread on slick roadways.