OTTUMWA — The city of Ottumwa's Snow Emergency Ordinance went into effect at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Residents are reminded that while the snow emergency is declared, no parking is allowed on streets designated as “Snow Routes” until the emergency is lifted. Snow Routes are marked with square blue signs showing a white snowflake.
Parking on non-snow emergency route streets rotates sides on a daily basis. On even-numbered days, parking is allowed on the even-numbered side of the street. On odd-numbered days, parking is allowed on the odd-numbered side of the street.
While the Snow Emergency is in effect, all vehicles parked out of compliance with the ordinance are subject to being towed and impounded, and a citation will be issued and fee charged for towing and impoundment.
During snow storms, City Public Works crews focus on keeping the snow routes and major streets open. This allows essential and emergency travel around town even in the worst of conditions. Once the snow stops, the focus shifts to clearing the side streets and residential areas.
Motorists should be mindful that plow drivers cannot see directly behind their trucks and often stop or back up. Staying a safe distance behind a snowplow will protect you from possible injury, and your car from sanding material that plows spread on slick roadways.