Friday, February 22, 2013
On-street parking will be banned during the snow emergency.
Watertown officials declared a snow emergency starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday due to the storm forecast to hit the area. On Friday, the Public Works Department and the Emergency Management Team announced the snow emergency. During the emergency on-street parking will be prohibited. The snow emergency will remain in effect until further notice. With parking prohibited on town streets, residents can use designated off street parking areas: Other areas include the municipal lot in Watertown Square.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Decision on lifting the ban could be made after Town officials meet Monday morning.
The earliest the Watertown's parking ban will be lifted is Monday morning, but it could last longer. Town officials will meet Monday morning to discuss the how the clean up of Watertown's streets after the Blizzard of 2013, said Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee. "The parking ban is still in effect because of the narrow streets," Mee said. "We need to keep them free of cars so fire vehicles can get through, and for garbage trucks." Sidewalks have proven particularly difficult, Mee said, because of the depth of the snow. "It is extremely difficult. There is no sidewalk tractor that can deal with 4 and 5 feet of snow drifts," Mee said. "And there is no where for the snow to go, it is so high." The first priority for sidewalks will be …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Efforts continue to try to remove the snow from town streets, but much remains.
As crews try to remove the mountains of snow from Watertown's streets, the Snow Emergency and street parking ban continue. The snow on the side of the roads is 5 feet deep in most areas, said Ed Baptista, the highway supervisor for the Department of Public works. "There's so much snow. It's crazy!" Baptista said. Work clearing sidewalks has also been delayed, Baptista said. Snow clearing efforts were also hampered by a broke fire hydrant on Mt. Auburn Street on Saturday. The decision about whether the Watertown Public Schools will be open Monday has not been announced. Follow Patch for updates on closings and other Blizzard of 2013 information.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Public Works, Police and Fire departments called the snow emergency.
Watertown will be under a Snow Emergency beginning Friday at noon because of the blizzard due to hit town Friday and Saturday. Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee, along with the police and fire departments, declared the Snow Emergency. No end date was announced, so the Snow Emergency will last until further notice. During the ban, parking will not be allowed on the street. Those needing a parking spot can park in municipal lots (including in Watertown Square behind CVS) in school lots, at the Police Station and other locations. See the release below for more information about the Snow Emergency. For up-to-the-minute news on this and other stories follow Watertown Patch on Twitter and Facebook or subscribe to the free email newsletter. …
Monday, January 31, 2011
Snow expected to begin Tuesday morning, taper off in the evening before strengthening again overnight.
Watertown could get more than 15 inches of snow over the next two days as Eastern Massachusetts gets hit by a one-two winter punch. Due to the storm, the Watertown Department of Public Works has called a snow emergency beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday. As part of the snow emergency, on-street parking will be prohibited. The National Weather Service's winter storm watch calls for 3 to 6 inches to fall Tuesday before the evening commute. The snowfall is expected to taper off Tuesday evening before strengthening again overnight. Wednesday will have a mix of snow, sleet freezing rain and rain, National Weather Service forecasters predict. Precipitation will turn to all snow by Wednesday evening. Six inches or more of snow could accumulate, …
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The Department of Public Works put emergency rules into effect due to heavy snows on Sunday. Trash pick up delayed a day this week.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The Town of Watertown has declared a snow emergency effective at noon Sunday, Dec. 26 and will remain in effect until further notice. For safety reasons, trash and recycling will be picked up a day late, due to inclement weather, the town will be on a holiday schedule. On Street Parking is Banned Until Further Notice Residents are urged to use designated off street parking areas as listed below: Please remember, during a snow event any vehicle parked at a school facility must be removed no later than 6 a.m. to allow for snow removal. Travel conditions can be extremely poor and residents are advised to remain in doors. Please assist the Public Works, Fire and Police departments by keeping vehicles off the street and allowing our streets …