The City of Portage has issued a Snow Removal Emergency, restricting on-street parking beginning at midnight on Thursday, December 22. This restriction will remain in effect until Monday, December 26 at 8 AM.
Substantial snowfall amounts and blizzard conditions are predicted to move in this afternoon, with winds increasing tonight through Saturday, December 24. Blowing and drifting snow will make travel hazardous late tonight, and into Saturday. To assist with safe and efficient snow removal from city streets, residents are asked to refrain from parking on all public streets.
As this major storm moves through the area, every effort will be made to keep major roads open and as clear as possible. City plow trucks will make every attempt to provide residents on non-major roads with an emergency access pass as they are able. Once the storm ends, snowplow operators will begin clearing all interior neighborhood streets and providing access to cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets; this usually requires an additional 24 to 48 hours. De-icing materials are applied as needed throughout the duration of any snow event, with major streets, bridges, intersections, hills, and curves receiving priority attention. To learn more about snow removal in Portage, visit www.portagemi.gov/290.
Residents are reminded to follow the City of Portage, MI on social media and monitor www.portagemi.gov for updates. For additional snow removal information please contact the Department of Public Services at (269) 329-4444. In case of a medical, police, or fire emergency, dial 9-1-1.