MAYOR HARP DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY IN NEW HAVEN DUE TO SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
(2/13/2014) New Haven – Mayor Toni N. Harp today declared a snow emergency in New Haven, clearing the way for additional help in the city’s efforts to combat severe winter weather. The compound effect of snow accumulation over the past three storms now requires more than snow clearance – with today’s declaration the city is asking the state and federal governments for help with snow removal.
According to the formal resolution, “it has now been found that local resources are unable to cope with the effects of said emergency.”
Mayor Harp said the help requested could be in the form of additional heavy equipment and the manpower to operate it. The declaration also makes the city eligible for state reimbursement for certain costs associated with its storm response.
Mayor Toni Harp reiterated however that the city government was open for business as usual Thursday and, barring unforeseen circumstances will be open as usual Friday as well.
A downtown parking ban is set to begin at midnight Thursday night until 6:00 a.m. Friday; the ban allows public works crews easier access for snow clearance. The downtown parking ban encompasses all streets within
the area bounded by Howe Street, Tower Parkway, Grove Street, State Street and North Frontage Road. Cars that remain parked on downtown streets during the parking ban are subject to ticketing and towing.
An outright parking ban will also be in effect those hours for posted snow routes; overnight parking will be available to residents in the Temple Street and Crown Street garages for three dollars per night. Free overnight parking will be available at the Granite Square garage. No parking ban is yet anticipated for the city’s residential areas.
A comparable parking ban is anticipated for midnight Friday until 6:00 a.m. Saturday; residents are reminded that during a snow emergency parking is prohibited within 25 feet of fire hydrants, intersections, and city bus stops.
Contact Name: Laurence Grotheer
Contact Email: LGrotheer@newhavenct.net
Contact Phone: 203-946-7660