Mayor: City snow emergency remains in effect

Sean Philip Cotter

York City officials in a Monday afternoon press conference asked for patience in the snow clean-up process, and said the snow emergency will remain in effect until the end of the week.

That means no parking is allowed on the city's snow emergency routes, but parking garages will remain free of charge for the duration of the emergency. A news release from the office of York City Mayor Kim Bracey shortly after the news conference said officials expect the emergency to remain in effect until 5 p.m. Friday, but the garages will remain free until 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1.

"Snow removal is an arduous process," said Bracey at the press conference, clad in a York Revolution sweatshirt and flanked by bundled-up city public works director Jim Gross and emergency management coordinator Michael Shanabrook.

Gross said emergency crews working around the clock have all the snow emergency routes clear, and are working on other roads. They're starting in the northwest and plowing their way east and south across the city, he said. He estimates about 30 percent of the 140-or-so miles of York City roads remain in bad shape after the record-setting storm dumped feet of snow on the area over the weekend.

"We are out there working hard," he said. "I know patience is wearing thin."

City hall will be open Tuesday; county offices will remain closed. There will be no trash collection this week, Bracey said.

York City Public Works Director Jim Gross speaks at a news conference Monday.

Shanabrook said people should to shovel their sidewalks — property owners have to, under city ordinance — and not to walk in the street. He also expressed concern about flat roofs caving in, saying anytime it's safe to get snow off the roof, people should try to do so.

Bracey asked that people shoveling out their cars not throw the snow back into the streets.

"We know there's little place to put snow," but try to keep it off the roads, she said. Officials also asked that residents shovel out fire hydrants.

Bracey said city officials plan to hold another news conference Tuesday to further update residents.

— Reach Sean Cotter