Troy residents dig out of rare snow emergency

March 16, 2017 06:40 PM

TROY - This week's snowfall isn't the only thing that will go down in the record books. The city of Troy declared a rare snow emergency.

Troy hasn't had a snow emergency in two years, so for many new residents and even lifelong residents this was a completely new process.

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Some Troy residents spent the morning digging out while others spent some time searching for their cars.  However, some weren't buried under snow. Instead, they had been towed. 

"This is not helping at all, I’m a college student,” explained "TJ.”

He was aware of the snow emergency so he parked on one of the streets not listed by the city. However, there his truck was in violation of regular alternate side parking rules and was towed.

"There’s just no rhyme or reason to it,” he argued.

Unlike in Albany, all of Troy is not part of the odd/even parking rules to help with plowing.  It's only certain streets and in some instances, only portions of those streets, confusing even to long-time residents.

"It didn't spell out if city or Lansingburgh section,” noted another person.

Crews from the Department of Public Works got to work clearing the roads as soon as possible. That slowed traffic almost as much as the nearly two-feet of snow did. However, it's a necessity. Eventually, the job gets done.

Spending the time shoveling was worth it. Drivers had to pay $156 to get their cars back. That’s a bargain according to one driver.

"I’ve gotten towed in Schenectady and it was $300 so this time it wasn't so bad," the driver reasoned.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, drivers should be parking on the odd side so the even side can be plowed.

More information:
Troy snow emergency

Capital Region snow emergencies


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