Minneapolis declares second snow emergency

Mayor R.T. Rybak and Public Works officials announced today that they would declare a second snow emergency to take care of the massive amounts of powder dumped on the city over the weekend.

The fifth largest snowstorm in the city’s history brought over 17 inches of snow, prompting the rare second declaration, which begins at 9 p.m. tonight and continues through Wednesday evening.

Public Works Director Steve Kotke said the biggest problem with the first snow emergency was getting cars off of the streets. Cars that were towed were waived towing fees because of the extreme nature of the storm. He said the city would reinstate its towing fees throughout the second round of plowing.

For the second snow emergency, Kotke urged people not to park on snow emergency routes. On Tuesday, crews will plow the even numbered side of the streets and on Wednesday they will plow the odd numbered sides.

Rybak said the city hopes to be done by Wednesday night and is calling on the Minneapolis community to help out neighbors in need of a place to park their car. He also urged neighbors to help shovel cars out of the snow, so the plows can clean up the streets.

Kotke cautioned that the streets have become increasingly narrow because the plows are running out of space to put the mass amounts of snow on the ground. Rybak added that pedestrians need room to walk, so the snow can’t be piled on the sidewalks.

For more snow emergency information including parking rules, go to http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/snow.