For Immediate Release
February 05, 2014
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Mayor's Press Office
Mayor Walsh convened his team this morning for an update on City storm response efforts. Today's storm is expected to total 8-10 inches in the City, with 1-2 inches falling per hour until 1:00 p.m. A Snow Emergency and Parking Ban remain in effect until further notice. Boston Public Schools are closed. Boston City Hall is open.
- The Department of Public Works has nearly 600 pieces of equipment active on city streets and nearly 100 inspectors checking on roadways.
- The City's Emergency Operations Center is open and staffed with representatives from all departments to coordinate City response.
- The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) continues to monitor slow but progressing traffic flow from the City's traffic control center. BTD issued 138 tickets and towed 19 vehicles in violation of the parking ban as of 8:30 a.m.
- The Boston Police Department assisted with traffic flow at major intersections during this morning's commute. Officers will be posted at 100 intersections during this evening's commute.
- All Boston Centers for Youth & Families community centers are open today from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Children over the age of 7 are welcome, and any child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at drop-off to fill out a short intake form.
- The Mayor's 24-Hour Hotline has received more than 1,100 calls since midnight, approximately nine times the normal call volume. The majority of calls have been snow-related, with questions about various office openings and closures, requests for plows, and questions regarding restrictions under the parking ban.
- The Inspectional Services Department is focused on enforcement of private contractors plowing snow onto city streets.
- Boston Public Schools custodial staff will work to clear school properties throughout the day.
Residents are encouraged to use the City’s “Know Snow” program for access to other important storm-related information. To receive notifications, register for the City’s Alert Boston network at http://www.cityofboston.gov/snow/. For updates and questions via Twitter, use @NotifyBoston, follow #bosnow.