Roswarski declares Snow Emergency for Lafayette

WLFI File Photo
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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Mayor Tony Roswarski declared Tuesday that the City of Lafayette will be under Snow Emergency starting at 10 a.m.

In a press release to News 18, Roswarski said we are expecting a large amount of snow in short period of time.

“We are expecting between 5 and 9 inches of snow in a very short amount of time,” said Roswarski. “Citizens are asked, if possible, to remove their vehicle from the city streets to assist our snowplowing efforts throughout the community.”

When a Snow Emergency is in effect, Lafayette residents are required to move their vehicles from marked Snow Emergency Routes within 12 hours of declaration. Roswarski said that failure to remove vehicles by 10 p.m. Tuesday night, may result in fines and towing of residents’ vehicles.

However, the city is also asking that vehicles be moved off all streets throughout the city as much as possible to assist in the removal process. One business owner has opened his parking lot to aid in this process.

Owner and Funeral Director Jonathan Fisher of Fisher Funeral Chapel, 914 Columbia St., in Lafayette is opening his parking lot for off-street parking. Fisher requests that if you use the lot, to please move your car by 9 a.m. Wednesday, so crews can plow. He also added that the lot is not for semi use.

Homeowners please remember to assist in snow removal by shoveling sidewalks, clearing snow around fire hydrants and calling 911 only in the event of an emergency.

“It is important that we work together to ensure city streets are cleared as quickly as possible,” said Roswarski. “Residents are also encouraged to review their own emergency preparedness plans and review the Snow Emergency Routes.”

Roswarski said it generally takes 10 to 12 hours, after the snowfall ceases, for crews to plow and salt priority streets. He said residential streets may take up to 48 hours to plow.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning, which is in effect for Central Indiana starting Tuesday at 1 p.m. until Wednesday at 1 p.m.

To check the Snow Emergency routes, visit the City of Lafayette’s website.

For more information on the winter storm, visit Chad’s blog.

To check the current weather alerts, visit the alerts page.

For more information on counties under travel advisory, visit IDHS’s travel status map.

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