Snow emergency declared in Covington

Residents asked to move cars off heavily traveled streets
COVINGTON, Ky. – Covington Mayor Joe Meyer has declared a formal “Snow Emergency” starting at 10 p.m. in the city.
With heavy snow expected overnight (forecasts are calling for 8 to 12 inches), residents who can get their vehicles off the street should do so – especially on heavily traveled thoroughfares.
Any car parked on a public street risks having their car “plowed in,” Meyer said.
“The snow has to be pushed somewhere,” Public Works Director Chris Warneford said. “My crews are going to be hitting it hard and working long hours, and the fewer cars in the way and on the street, the better they will be able to do their job.”
Police will not be looking for cars to cite, but if a car is in a particularly hazardous area like a steep hill or a busy intersection and is interfering with plow trucks, police will ask the owner to move it. “And if we can’t find them, obviously we’ll have to have the car removed,” Police Chief Rob Nader said.
Warneford said it’s particularly important to give snow trucks room to operate because they will be focusing on plowing instead of spreading salt for the early stages of the heavy snow. With this being the third heavy snow in the last week or so, salt supplies are dwindling, so crews will be reserving salt for hills, intersections, bridge overpasses, and other slick areas, he said.
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