Philadelphia snow emergency has been lifted

Action News reporter Dann Cuellar reports on the Philadelphia streets cleanup after the big snowfall
January 22, 2014 8:44:38 PM PST
The City of Philadelphia has lifted its snow emergency declaration after determining conditions safe enough for residents to return to the roads.

The snow emergency was lifted at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday after Mayor Michael Nutter recommended the declaration remain in effect throughout the day to ensure crews enough time to clear area roads.

The snow emergency went into effect at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday following a formal announcement by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

The mayor announced Wednesday that the city of Philadelphia will reopen for business on Thursday, so all city employees should report to work.

In addition, all School District of Philadelphia schools will be open on Thursday, after being closed today due to the snowstorm.

Mayor Nutter said several snowfall records were set with this storm.

The previous single day snowfall record for January 21st recorded at Philadelphia International Airport was 3.4 inches. Yesterday's storm dumped 13.5 inches at the airport. In addition, 14 inches of snow was recorded at the Fire Administration Building on Spring Garden Street, making for a consistent 13 to 14 inches across the city.

This was the third storm this year to bring six inches of snow or more to Philadelphia, which is the first time the city has recorded that kind of snowfall - 33.7 inches total - before February 1st of any year on record.

For residents who did not have their trash picked up yesterday, the city says some trash trucks had been diverted to help with plowing efforts, but that the trash that was missed will be picked up.

As for those who normally have a Tuesday pickup day, which was pushed to Wednesday this week due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday, the Mayor said those residents are asked to hold onto their trash until next week, since trash trucks are still being used to clear city streets.

Residents who have a normal Wednesday collection day, which was pushed to Thursday this week due to the holiday, should put their trash out tomorrow as you normally would.


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