Neighborhoods! Mobilize Together for Sidewalk Snow Removal
Posted 1:06 p.m.
With more than two feet of snow in some places, this blizzard has challenged our shoveling resolve! Snow removal will take days of work. Snow clearing is underway at 196 schools and centers. You can help by clearing neighborhood sidewalks.
Work as a community to plan. Reach out to your neighbors and talk about who is able to pitch in.
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While the state (VDOT) and homeowner associations primarily plow roads, the state and the county do not clear snow and ice from public walkways (sidewalks and trails). While not legally obligated, residents and businesses are asked to help keep sidewalks safe.
Here are some things to consider when working out your snow removal plans:
- What areas are priority for clearing to keep your neighborhood and residents safe? If you live in an apartment complex, how can you help?
- Who will shovel out fire hydrants so our Fire and Rescue Department has easy access?
- Can you volunteer to use/share equipment such as small snow blowers for a community removal effort.
- Shovel snow into the yard instead of into the street to minimize the problem of a plow covering your driveway with snow after you’ve just shoveled it (though with these predicted snow amounts, expect the end of your driveway to be covered a couple of times over).
- Do some neighbors need assistance in clearing their walkways (due to age, health conditions, disability, etc.)?
- Consider your health condition. If there is any reason that shoveling snow might be dangerous for you, such as a heart condition, consult your doctor before shoveling?
- If neighbors are on vacation (lucky them!), can someone chip in and clear their snow?
- Keep the openings of storm drains clear of snow and debris to help alleviate potential flooding.
- Make sure that all parking spots identified as accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities are cleared of snow.
- Who will make the snow angels? 🙂
We have many ways you can choose to stay informed during this blizzard:
- Snow Update Hub: Check out this page for continuous updates from key sources such as the county, National Weather Service, VDOT and many more.
- This Emergency Information Blog, which will feature status updates, safety tips and more.
- Follow us directly on Twitter at @fairfaxcounty
- If you’re on Facebook, we’ll post key updates on our page.
- Fairfax Alerts for important weather updates by email or text.
- More ways to stay informed