Snow Removal Operations
The DPW is continuing to engage in snow removal operations in an effort to widen roads and improve visibility at intersections at locations throughout the City of Lynn. Locations for snow removal are determined by priority and are based on multiple factors including bus routes, areas around schools and areas suffering from great traffic congestion.
In order to complete this work as quickly and efficiently as possible, the DPW will be posting temporary “No Parking” signs on roads where operations are scheduled to occur within 24 to 48 hours. Residents should make alternate arrangements for parking on any street that is posted.
The Lynn Police Department will be enforcing these posted “No Parking” restrictions and violators may be ticketed and towed. In an effort to not have to ticket and tow vehicles, police cruisers will be in the targeted snow removal streets tonight beginning at approximately 6pm to warn residents to move cars by using sirens and their PA speakers. They will also have cruisers assigned to assist with traffic control for the snow removal crews beginning at 8 PM.
Your continued cooperation and patience is appreciated. Thank you.
- Roof Safety Tips | Click here for helpful information to keep your roof and storm drains safe!
- One-Sided Parking Remains In Effect | Due to the record amount of snowfall this winter, the City of Lynn has implementing one-sided street parking.
The rule, which pertains only to streets that offer parking on both sides, will be going into effect to facilitate the convenience of travel for the general public, and for the emergency access of all public safety vehicles. According to the relevant Lynn ordinance, all streets that do not prohibit parking for any reason will have to adhere to the new winter parking guidelines. Parking will be allowed on the even sides of the street only. On streets where parking is currently allowed on the odd side only, and prohibited by signage on the even side, parking will continue to be permitted on the odd side of the street. As is always the case, cars parked in such a way as to impede the flow of traffic on any street will be subject to ticketing and towing.
"Due to the unprecedented frequency and amount of snowfall we have had this winter, I concluded that this measure is necessary for the safety of all of our residents," said Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. "We appreciate the public's patience as we continue to work to widen and clear our streets."
Residents are encouraged to plan ahead in order to secure parking spots while the measure is in effect. The one-sided parking rule will be in effect for as long as public safety requires, but must be lifted by March 15 in accordance with the City's snow ordinance. For further information, residents are encouraged to visit the City's website or call (781) 599-1444.
- During Extreme Cold Weather | Extremely cold temperatures and wind chill are forecasted. Please use care:
- Minimize outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young. Also consider your pets.
- Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
- Wear a hat, mittens (rather than gloves) and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
- If electricity is lost for an extended period of time, a snowbank in your yard can become a makeshift freezer for food.
- Excessive exposure can lead to frostbite, which is damaging to body tissue that is frozen. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.
- Hypothermia can occur in extreme cases. The warning signs are uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If the person’s temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care.
- When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as your fireplace, wood stove or space heater, take the necessary safety precautions. Keep a fire extinguisher handy, ensuring everyone knows how to use it properly. Test smoke alarms.
- If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
- To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past. This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze. Learn how to shut off your water if a pipe bursts.
- If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.
- Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors to ensure their safety.
- Towed Vehicles | If your vehicle has been towed it can be claimed at the parking lot behind Fire Headquarters at 725 Western Avenue, entrance on Federal Street.
- Trash | If your trash pickup was missed last week due to the blizzard, call the DPW at (781) 268-8000.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and please watch for future updates regarding upcoming storms. Look for updates on this website, our Twitter Page and our Facebook Page.
- DPW Phone Line | The DPW phone line is open for snow removal and plowing requests 24/7 at (781) 268-8000. Visit the DPW Snow Emergency page to contact us or for more information.
*Please direct storm related concerns to the DPW (781) 477-7099 and Emergencies to 911.
- Sidewalks | Contact the Inspectional Services Department for any Sidewalk snow and icy issues.
Click here to contact us or for more information. Review our Snow and Ice Removal Guide here.
- Fire Hydrants | The Fire Department is trying their best to locate and remove snow from around fire hydrants. Assistance from residents is greatly appreciated. They will try to get to all of the hydrants by the weekend.
- Snow Thrower Safety | Please be careful operating snow thrower machines. Find safety tips here: Snow Thrower Safety and here