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City of Boston Blizzard Update
Clean-up Efforts Continue in
Boston Public Schools Closed
Tuesday, February 12
Parking Ban & Snow Emergency Remains in Effect
(Boston, Feb., 11, 2013) Mayor Thomas M. Menino this afternoon was
briefed by his snow team on continued clean-up efforts in the City
of Boston. Boston Public Schools will be closed tomorrow and all
Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) community centers will be
open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for parents to bring their children.
The Parking Ban and Snow Emergency remain in effect.
“The safety of our students comes first, and schools will remain
closed as our snow removal crews work through the night and tomorrow
to clear side streets and widen bus routes,” Mayor Menino said.
“While the Snow Emergency and Parking Ban remain in effect, I’m
continuing to urge drivers to stay off the roads. Anyone traveling
into Boston tomorrow should use public transportation.”
All BCYF Community Centers Open Tomorrow
All BCYF community centers will open tomorrow to offer a warm and
safe place for youth age six and older while their parents work,
with the exception of the BCYF Archdale Community Center and the
BCYF Flaherty Pool, currently under construction. All youth are
welcome but children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a
parent or guardian at drop-off for the completion of a short intake
form. A full list of locations is available at www.cityofboston.gov/BCYF/facilities/.
BCYF’s two outdoor pools, BCYF Clougherty Pool and BCYF Mirabella
Pool, will also remain closed.
Boston Public Schools’ Family Resource Center, Newcomers Assessment
Center, Campbell Resource Center and BPS administrative offices at
26 Court St. will be open tomorrow.
Snow Removal Strike Force to Work Through Evening
Clean-up efforts will continue through the night and into tomorrow.
Snow Removal Strike Force teams, comprised of members of the Boston
Public Works Department, Boston Transportation Department, Boston
Police Department, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services,
were deployed throughout the City today to remove piles of snow from
roadways and intersections. That work will also continue through the
The City is currently utilizing four snow farms, including at Marine
Industrial Park, Reservation Road in Hyde Park and Columbus Avenue,
next to 1542 Columbus.
The Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline is fully staffed and continues to
experience heavy call volume, receiving more than 25,000 calls since
the start of the storm. Residents with storm-related questions or
concerns should call the Hotline at 617-635-4500. Residents can also
request services and find snow information online at
Safety Remains A Concern
The City is asking residents to continue to stay off the roads when
at all possible. Drivers should continue to proceed with extreme
caution if they must drive, paying special attention to increased
numbers of pedestrians. Side streets are narrow, making the passage
of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions problematic. Large
piles of plowed snow at intersections present visibility issues.
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that results from
combustion and can quickly become fatal. Boston EMS has already seen
several cases of CO poisoning as people shovel out their cars while
having them turned on. Residents should clear snow and debris away
from mufflers before starting the car. Symptoms of CO poisoning
include dizziness, nausea, headache, lethargy and vomiting. Carbon
monoxide can also result from snow covered external vents. Major
home appliances such as the clothes dryer and furnace vent air and
gases outside. Check the vents around your home and make sure the
area is clear of snow and debris. If you are using a generator, make
sure it is far enough away to vent air and gases away from the home.
While a snow emergency is in effect, parking is prohibited on all
major arteries in Boston. Mayor Menino urges everyone to use public
transportation when traveling.
Mayor Menino also reminds residents of the following:
· Older residents or those with health conditions should refrain
from shoveling this heavy snow.
· During a Snow Emergency, parking is prohibited on all major
arteries in Boston. These streets are posted with “Tow Zone - No
Parking During Snow Emergency” signs.
· A listing of major arteries and alternate parking can be found at
· On streets other than major arteries, do not park within 20 feet
of an intersection or further than one foot from the curb, as this
impedes access for both emergency vehicles and snow plows.
· Parking space savers must be removed no more than 48 hours after a
snow emergency is lifted. The City’s Department of Public Works will
remove space savers left out beyond this period.
· Do not throw snow back into the street. “Throwbacks” force the
city to remove snow from the same street twice.
· Shovel out fire hydrants, catch basins and pedestrian ramps close
to your home.
· Property owners are reminded to shovel snow from sidewalks that
abut their homes and businesses and any handicapped ramps close to
your homes or business.
· Please check on elderly neighbors and others in need.
· For additional snow and cold weather safety tips, please visit
During declared snow emergencies, discounted parking is available at
several parking lots and garages to cars that display Boston
resident parking stickers. Residents are encouraged to use the
City’s “Know Snow” program for access to other important
storm-related information. For more information, visit http://cityofboston.gov/snow
The City's Shelter Commission asks that any resident who sees a
potential medical emergency involving a homeless person dial 911.
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