Snow Emergency

What does the Odd/Even parking mean to me? 

In order for our crews to remove snow and ice from city streets, we must have the ability to safely and effectively maneuver a plow up and down our streets.

If a snow or ice storm reaches the point that streets are becoming difficult to clear, city officials can declare a Snow Emergency. A Snow Emergency requires that vehicles be parked on the odd side of the street when the date ends in an odd number and on the even side of the street when the date ends on an even number.

The Odd or Even side is determined by the street address.

If your house number is an even number (ends in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8), you live on the even side of the street. If your house number ends in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9, you live on the odd side of the street. Here’s an example: You live on the odd side of the street. A Snow Emergency is called on January 5th, which is an odd numbered day.  You would park on your side of the street until tomorrow at 8:00 AM. Beginning January 6th at 8:00 AM, you would move your car to the even side of the street.

Police will issue parking tickets at the cost of $50.00 to vehicles that are parked on the wrong side of the street.  It’s safe to assume that if it’s snowing, the Odd/Even Parking is in effect.

The residential area between 20th St. west to Kishwaukee St., Harrison Avenue north to Rural St. has been problematic for the City Crews to plow during past storms, due to vehicles parked on both sides of the street.  We would encourage citizens in this area to move their vehicles either off the street or to the appropriate side of the street as specified by the odd/even parking.

Important Points to Remember

  • If your street is marked as “No Parking” on one side of the street, the Snow Emergency Declaration allows you to park legally in the restricted area during the time that the Snow Emergency Declaration is in effect.
  • Do not assume that you can move your car when the street is plowed.  Your car must remain parked appropriately until after the Snow Emergency has been lifted.
  • All vehicles must be moved to the correct side of the street at 8:00 a.m.