City of Freeport Declares Snow Emergency Jan. 25 Thru Jan.28

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The city of Freeport anticipates adverse winter weather conditions beginning on the afternoon of Monday, January 25, 2021 with possible conditions to include 4-6 inches of total snow accumulation by 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26.

The City requests residents park vehicles in driveways by 8:00 a.m. Monday, and observe even/odd parking protocols until 8:00 a.m. Thursday, January 28. The winter parking regulations are described in the City ordinance “486.03, Parking Prohibited Under Certain Conditions”.

All Central Business District residents (downtown area) must have their cars removed from the street from the snow event issuance for a period of seventy-two hours. Vehicles shall be parked or standing on the “even-numbered” side of a street in the City on an “even-numbered” day of the month. Vehicle shall be parked or standing on the “odd-numbered” side of a street in the City on an “odd-numbered” day of the month. For the purpose of this
chapter, “odd” and “even” numbered days shall be considered as beginning at the hour of 8:00 a.m. after such declaration is made. Vehicles found in violation of the above parking regulations may be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

Streets that have designated parking on one side only for an entire city block, shall be exempt. City residents are further advised that sidewalks abutting their property must be cleaned of snow within 12 hours of the storm’s end. It is a violation of City ordinance to plow or otherwise dispose of snow from their property onto City streets and sidewalks. Residents are also encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their houses.

Parking in driveways, observing even/odd parking protocols, removing vehicles from downtown streets, and municipal parking lots significantly contribute to City Street Crew’s ability to safely and effectively conduct snow removal operations.

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