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Surviving the aftermath of a snow emergency

Dec 29, 2010 6:29 am
Two days after the first big snow event of the current winter and most everyone's dug out. Barely. In Catskill, a friend calls in tears, however, when she discovers her car has been towed. With the declaration of a snow emergency, all parked cars had to be moved from one side of the street to another. But she hasn't gotten in the habit of keeping up with the local news yet. In Hudson, it seems no one planned for what to do on Tuesday, when reports started coming in that there was no parking, or proper snow removal, anywhere yet. Just published reports of the mayor saying everything would be okay by today, Wednesday and the Public Works Superintendent saying snow removal would start Tuesday evening, and that signs would be erected all over the city, instructing car owners when and where to move their vehicles. With ten plows working, including removal of the big snow dumps around town so they could keep up with the removal task at hand.

Today's Daily Mail had a note about how the Village of Catskill was prohibiting all parking on Main Street late Wednesday night as crews attempt to remove the large amount of snow that has built up along the curb there, and a reminder about how Main Street property owners are required to remove snow from their sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowstorm. In the town of Cairo, residents have been asked by the Town Police to park off main roads and side streets to allow for highway plows to clear the streets. Countywide, on both sides of the river, everyone's being asked to pay attention to snow removal signs on the sides of some roads... But little else, in terms of snow removal news, has been made public as people dig their own homes out and businesses clear their lots as best they can.

And that law which our friend didn't abide by, costing her $100 plus to get her car back? All vehicles are required to be parked on the even side of the street from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and moved to the odd side from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. during a snow emergency in both Catskill and Athens. Just as in Greenport, all cars are to be parked off of roads and streets.

Which means, in the end, that the aftermath of our first snow emergency of the season is still with us at least until the warmer weather and rains start to melt this pile over the coming New Year's weekend.