For the second time this year, the city declared a snow emergency to allow for proper snow removal operations throughout the city.
As a major snowstorm bore down on the Northeast, all city activities were canceled Tuesday evening, and Wednesday morning senior and daycare programs were cancelled too. The city is advising residents who live along snow emergency routes to remove their vehicles.
Even as the city recovers from Hurricane Sandy, officials said street maintenance crews were fully prepared for the latest winter storm with snow removal vehicles and salt and sand spreaders rolling throughout the city Tuesday and Wednesday. Plowing began after 3 inches of snow accumulated.
“Public Works crews started early this morning, and will be working throughout the storm to make roads as safe as possible, but conditions will be dangerous and we are urging residents to stay off the roads until the storm passes,” the city said on its website. “Winds are expected to reach 35 miles per hour, simulating blizzard-like conditions.”
As always, residents are advised to call 911 in case of an emergency, and if power goes out, please call the PSEG-LI Hotline at 1 (888) 730-3774.
As detailed in the city's snow bulletin that was mailed to residents, the following snow emergency routes are cleared of vehicles and snow in the following order when an official snow emergency is declared:
• W. Beech St. between New York Ave. and Nevada St.
• West Park Ave. between New York Ave and Nevada St.
• West side of Maryland Ave. between Beech St. and Park Ave.
• Shore Rd. between Long Beach Rd. and Maple Blvd.
• E. Pine St. between Neptune Blvd. and Curly St.
• Park Place north of Park Ave.
Additionally, the City Council meeting was rescheduled for Jan. 22 at 7pm., and the Long Beach Public Library closed at 3 p.m. The West End Arts Board meeting has been rescheduled to Jan. 28, and the Acting Workshop with Hillary Nussdorf is canceled.
The Town of Hempstead has also deployed salting and plowing crews to combat what officials described as the second major snowstorm of 2014.