POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- City officials have announced that due to continuing snow and gusty winds, the Snow Emergency in the City of Poughkeepsie will remain in effect until further notice.
The State of Emergency for the County of Dutchess, which includes an order prohibiting travel on all county roadways except for emergency personnel, is also in effect.
Snow crews have been out continuously since 2 a.m. Tuesday, city officials said. Crews will stay on until all routes are opened up. Overnight plowing will occur Tuesday night into Wednesday. Currently, the Public Works Department has seven large and seven small trucks plowing and salting.
Residents are asked to be patient as emergency routes are being concentrated on first. Secondary routes and side streets may take some time to clear.
City officials are encouraging the use of public parking lots, and both the City of Poughkeepsie and Poughkeepsie City School District will be attempting to clear parking lots for cars to move off city streets. However, Snow Emergency Routes are and will remain first priority for snow clearing.
The Poughkeepsie City School District is anticipating closing school on Wednesday. Updates on official school closings can be found www.poughkeepsieschools.org .
Residents are also advised not to travel. If walking, it is important to stay far from the middle of the street and use sidewalks if possible, as visibility is low and plows are active on the streets. Be sure to check on neighbors, especially the elderly.
Residents are advised to only call 911 in the case of an emergency, and to call 845-451-4000 for all non-emergency phone calls.
When shoveling driveways and sidewalks, please remove the snow from around any fire hydrant. Clearing the snow around the hydrant and shoveling a path to it from the street will give the fire department access if needed.
Residents and business owners must clear sidewalks in front of and adjacent to their residences and businesses, as required by city ordinance. Placing snow into any roadway is a violation.
In addition, residents are asked not put out garbage and recycling for Wednesday as service has been canceled for the day along with all city bus services.
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