Wednesday, January 26, 2011
PROVIDENCE PARKING BAN WILL LIFT AT 1PM
January 27 2011
PROVIDENCE - The Citywide parking ban that has been in effect since 8PM last night as part of the City's weather preparedness plan will be lifted at 1PM today, Thursday, January 27, 2011.
PROVIDENCE, RI - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for a potent, fast-moving storm forecast to affect Providence this evening and tomorrow morning. The storm is expected to cause 6 to 10 inches of heavy, wet snowfall.
The following weather event preparedness plan for the City of Providence is now in effect:
- A Citywide Parking Ban will be in effect from 8PM tonight until 6PM on Thursday, January 27.
- For public safety purposes, cars in violation of the City-wide parking ban will be ticketed and towed. Cars parked in school parking lots overnight will also be ticketed and towed.
- Trash removal for the City of Providence has been delayed for one day. Friday's trash and recycling collection will be postponed until Saturday, January 29.
- Snow-free sidewalks are more than a convenience; they are a matter of public safety. Property owners are urged to shovel sidewalks as soon as possible.
- Providence City Ordinance requires that property owners must shovel sidewalks within eight hours after snow stops falling. The fine for failing to shovel the sidewalks ranges from $25 to $500.
- For fire safety purposes, property owners must not rebury fire hydrants after they have been dug out.
- Snow removed by plowing or shoveling should not be deposited back onto public roadways and sidewalks.
- City Hall will be open on Thursday, January 27.
Heavier snow is forecast to arrive between 9PM and 11PM tonight and continue until 5AM tomorrow morning. At that time, snowfall rates of 1-2 inches an hour is possible. The snow will end before 10AM tomorrow. Winds of 20 to 45 miles per hour are likely throughout the day.
As during any significant weather event, we encourage citizens of Providence to check in on elderly family members, neighbors or others in need of special assistance. The City is prepared to offer the following services to the elderly and those with special needs.
Residents concerned about unsafe conditions should call the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services at 421-2489, or report their concerns directly via the City of Providence's website, at http://cityof.providenceri.com/provconnex
Additional Recommendations for residents:
- Fuel your vehicle and make sure windshield wipers, defrosters and mirrors are in good working order. Switch to snow tires to make certain your vehicle is able to negotiate snow covered roadways.
- Stayed tuned to local broadcasts for information on storm related updates.
- If power outages occur, contact National Grid at 1-800-322-3223.
- Do not touch any downed utility lines and report them to the Fire Department at 274-3344.
- For trees that are not posing a safety hazard, contact the Parks Department Forestry Division at 785-9450.