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City of Boston Blizzard Update
Mayor Menino Thanks Residents for Heeding the Word to Stay Home
During the Blizzard of 2013, Reminds Everyone that Much Work Remains
(BOSTON, Feb. 9, 2013) Mayor Thomas M. Menino met twice this morning
with his Snow Team to assess the continuing winter storm and
blizzard and is pleased with the efforts of city departments and
residents who stayed home, stayed off the streets, and stayed safe
during this historic snowstorm.
“We’re halfway there,” Mayor Menino said. “Our crews have been out
there, non-stop, and our residents have listened to the early
warnings to stay home and stay off the roads. We’re not out of the
woods yet. Right now, it’s critical that residents continue to work
with us and let the crews have full access to the streets.”
A Snow Emergency and Parking Ban remain in effect. Public Works
crews are out in full force, but it will take significant time, even
after the snow stops this afternoon, to clear every roadway. It is
vital that residents continue to stay off the roads and let the
process run its course.
· A Snow Emergency and Parking Ban Remain in Effect
· All City buildings are closed Saturday
· Boston Public Works has nearly 600 pieces of equipment on city
· 1,350 tons of salt had been spread as of 7 a.m. Saturday, with
much more salt being dumped as plowing progresses and the snowfall
· Boston Police, Fire, and EMS continue to have additional staff and
vehicles on duty
· As of 7:45 a.m., NStar reported that 9 customers are without power
· As of 9 a.m., there were no roads blocked due to downed trees
The Mayor’s Hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Residents with storm-related questions or concerns should call the
Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500. The hotline has staff on
hand to field any possible increase in calls due to the storm.
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. Residents are reminded to remain at
home throughout the duration of this snow event and businesses
tomorrow should consider asking employees to work from home.
Mayor Menino also reminds residents of the following:
· Older residents or those with health conditions should refrain
from shoveling this heavy wet 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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