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City-Wide Snow Emergency Lifted In Poughkeepsie

Although the city of Poughkeepsie has lifted its snow emergency, there's still plenty of the white stuff around in Dutchess to play in. After Stella stormed through last Tuesday, parts of the Hudson Valley were left with two feet of snow, or more.
Although the city of Poughkeepsie has lifted its snow emergency, there's still plenty of the white stuff around in Dutchess to play in. After Stella stormed through last Tuesday, parts of the Hudson Valley were left with two feet of snow, or more. Photo Credit: Michelle Obligado

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Poughkeepsie, which is continuing to dig out after last week’s massive storm, lifted its snow emergency at 4 p.m. Sunday.

This means that sanitation and recycling collections will go on as scheduled for all Monday routes, the city said.

The weather in Dutchess County on Monday, the first day of spring, is expected to be mostly sunny, with daytime temperatures of 47 degrees. At night, that's expected to drop to 27, according to Accuweather.com.

The rest of the week should be mostly sunny and cold, with daylight temps ranging from 35 to 56. More snow may be on the way for Sunday, as below average temperatures are expected.

The city is still asking residents and businesses who are shoveling their walks and driveways to clear around and make paths to fire hydrants so emergency crews have access.

Failure to do so may result in fines of $100 or more, the city said.

Residential and commercial sidewalks must also be kept clear or snow and ice and all parking rules must be complied with, the city added.

According to a report by The Poughkeepsie Journal, Mayor Rob Rolison said the city had 50 or more employees working around the clock to remove snow from streets and sidewalks after Stella struck.

The city had budgeted a total of $780,000 for snow removal this year, but it was not yet known how much of will go towards cleaning up after the Blizzard of 2017, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.

During the emergency, which was declared at 12 a.m. Tuesday, Rolison asked residents to only call 911 if there was a real emergency. For non-emergencies, they were asked to call (845) 451-4000.

People that lived on designated snow emergency routes were asked not to park on the street. And even those that lived elsewhere were asked to move their cars to municipal lots so the plows could get through.

During snow emergencies, the city allows legally registered, inspected, and insured vehicles to park for free in its lots.

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