The city of Hartford has extended its parking ban through 9 a.m. Tuesday and all public schools will be canceled again tomorrow, according to Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.
More than 500 cars have been towed and police have issued more than 600 tickets since the parking ban took effect, Segarra said, adding that fewer residents abided by the parking ban Monday than during the Blizzard of 2015 last week.
"People did not take this storm as seriously and did not take the parking ban announcement as seriously," Segarra said during a press conference Monday evening. "I don't like my fire engines and my ambulances not being able to reach emergencies."
Segarra said last week's storm was more manageable because "there was a very cohesive statewide action that we benefitted from" during the blizzard.
During a parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited. Residents without access to off-street parking should move their vehicles to any Hartford Public School parking lot or to one of the following authorized parking areas:
- Morgan Street Garage
- 2 Holcomb Street Lot
- Keney Park Entrance Lot—Ridgefield Street
- KDA Center Lot—Naugatuck Street
- Pope Park Center Lot—Park Terrace
- Metzner Center Lot—Franklin Avenue
- Colt Park Lot—Wawarme Avenue
- Elizabeth Park Lots
- All Hartford schools parking lots
If you've been towed in Hartford, you can find your car online. The cost for retrieving a towed vehicle is $93.59. An additional $99 ticket will be issued, which owners are responsible for paying before the answer date.
Segarra asked residents to stay off the roads if possible and avoid dumping snow into the street when shoveling driveways and sidewalks.
“This will only set our crews back. We want to get things back to normal as quickly as possible but it is very helpful if everyone would stay in and off the roads a little longer,” Segarra said.
Public works employees face the challenge of finding places to put the snow as snow bank levels remain high from the blizzard and snowfall last week. The snow banks are "creeping into the roadway," according to Hartford police spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley.
"They're saying there's nowhere left to put the snow. The snow banks are real goons. The DPW drivers are having a hard time getting the snow off the street," Foley said. "You put a parked car out there, it really makes it even worse and it's starting to choke our roadways, so we're begging our citizens to please get your cars off the street."
State police said that the Troop H barracks in Hartford has been inundated with phone calls from people whose cars are towed and request that people contact their local police department's non-emergency routine line about any issues with a towed car.