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After snow storms, the City’s Public Works Department needs help from residents and businesses as they clear snow from sidewalks, driveways and parking lots.
Because our streets are a major part of our storm water drainage system, we want to keep the streets free from ice and snow that can obstruct the flow of snow melt.
When snow is cleared from sidewalks, driveways and parking lots and is deposited in the streets, cold temperatures can turn the snow into ice, causing back-ups and flooding.
Here are a couple of things we can all do to help us keep sidewalks and streets open and safe when dealing with snowstorms this winter:
1- When using on street parking, stay a few feet back from the curb. This allows the water, slush and ice to break up and flow through the drainage system.
2- When shoveling sidewalks, driveways and parking lots etc., make every attempt to pile the snow on your property in an area where it will not build ice dams in the gutters. Residents and businesses are responsible for removing snow from the City Right of Ways adjacent to their property within 24 hours.
3- If there is no other place to pile the snow, pile it 2 to 3 feet away from the gutter in the parking lane and pile it so that it does not obstruct the gutters or the view for vehicles using the roadway.
4- When plowing parking lots, locate snow in areas that are close to, but not directly on top of, underground drainage systems.
The City of Moab thanks residents and businesses for helping us keep our streets and sidewalks safe this winter season.