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Snow Emergency In Effect In City Of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A snow emergency, which began at 6 a.m. Thursday, is in effect for the City of Philadelphia.

For citizens, Mayor Nutter's office says a snow emergency means all parked cars must be moved off snow emergency routes for plowing. When relocating your car, park as far from the corner of the street as possible; vehicles parked too close to the corner impede the turning radius of plowing equipment.

Snow emergency information and a map of snow emergency routes can be found at

Cars left on snow emergency routes will be relocated to accommodate plowing operations. If your car is relocated, call 215-686-SNOW to find it.

The Mayor's office says the PPA will offer discounted parking in select Center City garages during the snow emergency to help alleviate parking on the street. Beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday and running through the end of the snow emergency, the PPA will offer a special 24 hour flat rate of $5.00 for the following parking facilities:

  • Family Courthouse Parking Lot (15th & Arch Streets)
  • AutoPark at Independence Mall (5th & Market Streets)
  • AutoPark at Old City (2nd & Sansom Streets)

Regular Thursday trash and recycling collections are cancelled Thursday. The Mayor's office advises citizens with Thursday trash collection should hold all materials until next week. All rear driveway collections are cancelled until further notice. Citizens with rear driveway collections should put trash and recycling out at the curb (street side of house) when collection operations resume until further notice.

The Mayor's office says the Philadelphia Streets Department will have 350 pieces of equipment out on the streets. With the current snowfall projections, the City expects to treat and plow all residential streets after the snow ends.

All property owners are also required to clear a path of at least three feet in front of their property within six hours of the snow event ending, including curb cuts. If senior or disabled citizens need help shoveling, they can call 311 to request a volunteer to help once conditions are safe to travel.

The Mayor's office says to call 311 to report a street that needs salting or plowing.

Citizens should contact the Project Home Outreach Hotline at 215-232-1984 if they observe a homeless person(s) in need of assistance. During the call, citizens should provide the address, location and description of the person in need.

The Mayor's office says citizens should contact the ACCT Philly hotline at 267-385-3800 if they observe a dog or other pet outside during extreme cold. The Mayor's office says it is against City ordinance to leave pets outside in extreme cold and owners can be fined up to $500.

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