71
      Tuesday
      89 / 68
      Wednesday
      89 / 68
      Thursday
      90 / 69

      Snow Emergency declared for Ottumwa

      UPDATE: The City of Ottumwa Snow Emergency will be lifted, effective at 4:30 PM, Thursday, February 6.

      On-street parking in the City will return to the regular, posted regulations at that time. The City appreciates the public??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.

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      February 6, 2014 - Ottumwa, Iowa ?? Post-snow storm clean up continues in Ottumwa. City Public Works Crews will be picking up snow piled along the curb in the Church Street business district Thursday evening February 6, beginning at 7 p.m. Snow will be collected and removed from Church Street, from the Beach Ottumwa entry down to Five Corners. If crews are able to complete that section overnight, they will resume pickup in the downtown (Main and Second Street) area. Vehicles must be parked off the street during the evening and overnight hours of work to facilitate the snow removal. Temporary no parking zones will be marked to facilitate the snow removal. Once a block has been cleared, parking may return to normal. City crews have re-plowed several areas where snow from a driveway and/or sidewalk was placed in the street. The practice of putting additional snow into the street is against city code and causes additional work for the plow crews. This is an undue additional cost to the taxpayers and delays other essential storm clean-up efforts.

      Residents with fire hydrants on their property are asked to please clear a three foot area around the hydrant. Snow accumulation, drifting or the results of snow removal can completely bury fire hydrants. Blocked hydrants can easily mean slower response time to a critical emergency if fire fighters have to locate and clear a buried hydrant. Having hydrants that are visible and accessible to firefighters is an important part of fire safety in every neighborhood.------------------------------------------------------February 5, 2014 - City of Ottumwa Public Works Crews will be picking up snow in the downtown business district and Church Street starting Wednesday, February 5th beginning at 7 p.m. Vehicles must be parked off these streets during the evening and overnight hours of work to facilitate the snow removal. Temporary no parking zones will be established to facilitate the snow removal. Once a block has been cleared, parking may return to normal. As the winter storm passes and everyone begins clearing the snow away, all residents are asked 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. By City Code, persons removing snow and/or ice from private property and depositing it on any public street, alley or sidewalk is subject to a citation. Also remember, privately owned, residential and commercial property owners are responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks adjacent their private property. 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.------------------------------------------------------The City of Ottumwa's Snow Emergency Ordinance will go into effect at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4. Residents are reminded that while the Snow Emergency is declared, no parking is allowed on streets designated as ??Snow Routes?? 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 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. Click here for more on area road conditions.