Parked Cars Create Problems for City Snow Plows

Published 02/05 2014 11:07PM

Updated 02/06 2014 10:13AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Some drivers in St. Joseph are not only digging their cars out from Tuesday's snow storm, but they may be digging in their pockets to pay a ticket.

Phase II of the city's Emergency Snow Ordinance went into effect Tuesday, meaning all cars had to be removed from emergency snow routes.

Drivers with cars left along the routes faced a ticket or even a tow.

The city says the cars on the side of the road also make it tough to plow emergency routes when cars are parked on the side of the road. They say cars left on the street could cause more damage than drivers think.

"If everybody keeps parked, then we have to swing out around them, and that just leaves snow out on the street. So, if we would happen to get two of three storms in a row, every time, we're going to get farther and farther out in the street and start choking the emergency route out, which kind of gets rid of the whole entire point of the emergency route system," said Keven Schneider, City of St. Joseph Streets Department.

Phase II of the Emergency Snow Ordinance was lifted by mid-week. The snow storm dumped at least 8 inches of snow across the area and many cars are still buried.

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