The city of St. James is ready for snow, and with winter just around the corner it can’t hurt to be prepared for a snow emergency.
Snow emergencies are rare, happening maybe four to five times a year. They are declared when there is more than three inches of snow on the road. There are a few different ways you can check to see if a snow emergency has been declared:
• Check the 24 hour emergency hotline.
• Sign up for email notifications from the city of St. James.
• Check the community bulletin board in Downtown Park.
• Watch the public access TV channel.
• Listen for the announcement over the radio.
• Check the Plaindealer online.
Snow emergencies tend to take place in the middle of the night, so those people who work a swing shift are urged to pay attention to how much snow has fallen over the period of the night. If it looks like more than three inches will fall, don’t park on the street.
Those vehicles parked on the street during a snow emergency will be ticketed and may be towed. The city needs room to allow the plows to clear the roads. Equipment leaves the barn typically two hours after the emergency is declared.
The city must have plowed curb to curb before you are allowed to park on the street. Plows will disperse from the railroad tracks in either direction – so those avenues closest to the railroad tracks will be plowed first.
Plows drive down the road in tandem plowing the driving lane on either side and the parking lane at the same time.
For those individuals who use city parking lots, you are asked to park in a group during snow emergencies so plows can get most of the snow out of the lot. When the plows have gone through the parking lot, they ask that you move to a cleared row and keep your cars together so plows can finish the job.
The city of St. James will plow city streets first, clear out city lots and finally business districts from curb to curb.
Your cooperation is appreciated and will keep the roads safe during the winter season.