The City launches an aggressive initiative to get cars off the street for plows

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After two days of plowing the City of Rochester launched an aggressive campaign to tow illegally parked cars. 

We sent a crew out last night and found a number of main roads and side streets with cars that had been in place and buried in snow all weekend. 

Some of those cars are in violation of the city’s alternate side of the street parking rules causing an “igloo” issue. That’s when snow piles up over these vehicles making the problem progressively worse. 

The city wants to fully clear these roadways out.

“You get the one person who doesn’t switch sides,” says Anglea Redmond, a city resident. “Then the plow doesn’t come through, and you’ve got giant mounds of snow, and then you can’t get down the street!”

The Commissioner of Environmental Services, Norman Jones, hopes people are paying attention to avoid the towing. 

“Hopefully people are listening to the news, and watching you guys, getting the word out on social media, that the city will be out there making sure that cars are being moved. And then hopefully we will have a minimal amount of towing. We need to get those cars off the street.”

The City of Rochester allows you to track the status of snow removal.
Go to, and look for “plow trax”. You’ll be able to view the city’s 150 plows via gps.

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