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2/17/2021 - Mayor Ganim Declares Snow Emergency, Parking Ban for City of Bridgeport Begins at 6AM Tomorrow, February 18th

Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
Bridgeport, CT

For Immediate Release
February 17, 2021


MAYOR GANIM DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY, PARKING BAN FOR CITY OF BRIDGEPORT BEGINS AT 6AM TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 18TH 

CITY PREPARES FOR STORM PREDICTED TO BRING UP TO 9” OF SNOWFALL WITH STRONG WINDS

FEBRUARY 18 -19, 2021

 
BRIDGEPORT, CT – In anticipation of the pending snowfall due to impact Bridgeport, Mayor Joe Ganim is declaring a Snow Emergency for the city to take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday February 18, 2021.   
 
During the snow emergency, residents must move their cars off snow emergency streets and heed alternate side of street parking on all other roads.
Snow emergency streets are marked with white signs with red lettering. A list of snow streets can be found on the City’s website by clicking here or the full link: http://www.bridgeportct.gov/content/341307/341423/342861/342870.aspx. 
 
All other roads, residents must heed alternate side of the street parking: February 18th is an EVEN number day; therefore, residents should park on the side of the street with addresses that are EVEN numbers.  If you are unable to find parking on your street, residents may use parking lots at Central High School or Bassick High School.

When the snow emergency operation plan goes into effect at 6AM on February 18th 2021, vehicles that are not following parking restrictions will be subject to fines and towing.

Forecast
The City of Bridgeport anticipates clouds will increase tonight and snow will break out tomorrow morning. There may be a few hours in the early afternoon tomorrow where snow falls heavily with the approach of the coastal warm front, but this is otherwise expected to be a long duration, moderate snowfall event. Snow is forecast to fall beginning on Thursday afternoon and lasting up until Friday morning. Snow will taper in the afternoon Friday and a general 5-9 inches is expected. Cold and dry weather will follow for the weekend. For more information, visit bridgeportct.gov/snow
 
Emergency Operation Plan is in effect with enforcement of No Parking on Snow Emergency streets to ensure that plows and public safety crews can clear the streets. On all other non-emergency streets, residents must heed alternate side of the street parking: February 18th is an EVEN number day; therefore, residents should park on the side of the street with addresses that are EVEN numbers.  After the snow emergency operation plan goes into effect at 6AM on February 18th 2021, vehicles that are not following parking restrictions will be subject to fines and towing.  The easiest way to tell the ODD- or EVEN- numbered side of a street is to check the street address of buildings.   If the address ends in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) then that building is on the ODD side of the street. If the address ends in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) then that building is on the EVEN side of the street.

Snow Emergency Parking Lots  In the event that parking is not available for residents on non-emergency streets, Snow Emergency Parking Lots will be open to the public for parking which include Central High School and Bassick High School.
 
Vehicles Towed for Public Safety Enforcement.  Owners of vehicles that do not comply with the parking ban on emergency streets or alternate side of street parking will have their vehicle towed and incur a minimum $130 towing fee.
 
Sidewalks - Commercial and/or residential owners who push snow into the streets or do not clear snow on the sidewalks in front of their buildings are subject to a $100.00 fine per ordinance for each incident.   
 
Adopt a Hydrant – residents are encouraged to clear snow and make a path to a fire hydrant in their neighborhood to assist the Bridgeport Fire Department in case of fire or other emergency.  
 
Plowing Bridgeport Streets within the City are prioritized to clear major travel routes first. This allows public safety vehicles access to most parts of the City. The initial plowing activities also provide most residents a clearing within two-to-three blocks of their home and most destinations in the City. Other factors include locations of schools, hospitals, major commercial centers, and other facilities with large public interest.   
 
For snow plowing issues, call 203-576-7130.  Any plowing issues or concerns can be reported using mobile application Bridgeport 311.
 
Operation Care; to help protect the homeless population from unsafe temperatures, please call 2-1-1. Homeless Outreach Team has begun contacting the homeless population to connect them to shelter such as Prospect House and Operation Hope. 
 
Public Facilities Operations and Services 
February 18th 
Sanitation and Recycling will remain on schedule.
Transfer Station will be closed.
Brown Bag and Christmas Tree collection will be delayed until further notice.
Parks will be closed.
 
February 19th 
Sanitation and Recycling be suspended on Friday.  Friday routes will occur on Saturday. 
Transfer Station will be closed, and will reopen on Saturday.
Brown Bag and Christmas Tree collection will be delayed until further notice.
Parks will be closed, and will reopen on Saturday.
 
**Please be sure that your trash and recycling toters are shoveled out so that crews may have access for proper removal. **  
 
Snow Related Emergencies
During the storm, residents may call the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center hotline at 203-579-3829 with any snow related emergencies.   
 
If residents suffer a loss of electricity call the United Illuminating customer hotline at 800-722-5584 or 203-579-3829.  Both numbers are for 24-hour emergency service.  
 
Immediate danger to life and health issues call 9-1-1.

For the latest updates and information about the snowstorm, residents are asked to check Bridgeportct.gov/snow, local media and follow the City of Bridgeport on Twitter and Facebook. 

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