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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 24, 2013

Residents advised to remove vehicles off streets or follow on-street parking practices by 4 p.m. today in anticipation of snowstorm

Parking on streets during major snowstorms causes public safety hazards

The City of Kansas City, Mo., advises residents that a State of Emergency may be issued early tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 25 in anticipation of an upcoming snowstorm that may be as bad as or worse than last week’s storm. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Monday, Feb. 25 at noon until Tuesday, Feb. 26 at noon. According to the Winter Storm Watch, there is potential for 6-10 inches of snow accumulation with locally higher amounts.

Please note that snow plow crews will be making a targeted push today, Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. Residents are advised to make their best effort to remove vehicles off of streets by 4 p.m. today. City crews have also begun preparations for tomorrow’s upcoming storm.

"City crews have worked their tails off around the clock to dig out from last week's near record storm. We need residents to help us finish the job ahead of this week’s storm. Please move cars off the street if you can or follow on-street parking directions. This is a serious public safety issue. Please help one another and the City," said Mayor Sly James.

Residents who live in neighborhoods with on-street parking only should observe the following parking practice:

-On streets that run north/south, please park on the west side of the street.

-On streets that run east/west, please park on the north side of the street.

Should a State of Emergency be declared, vehicles parked on streets that do not comply with this configuration may be subject to ticketing and towing.

Parking vehicles off-street during snow plow operations greatly enhances the ability of snow plows to remove snow, especially in cul-de-sacs, dead ends and narrow streets. When on-street parking obstructs the ability of a snow plow to safely proceed, it is possible that the street will be skipped, causing a public safety hazard.

The City is taking such measures because it is absolutely imperative that emergency crews be able to access both primary and residential streets in an emergency. If snow plows are unable to clear a street due to vehicles parked in their way, an emergency crew would have difficulty accessing the street.

Residents are asked to let their neighbors know of today’s final snow operations push and work together to make sure their street follows correct parking practices.

To learn additional updates as they become available, along with a GPS snow plow map, please visit www.kcmo.org/snow.

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