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Patch Readers Say They Were Unaware of Snow Emergency

Trenton police declared a snow emergency Thursday, but Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch readers said they had no idea.

A snowstorm Wednesday night forced the Trenton Police Department to declare a snow emergency, which alerts residents to move their vehicles out of the street to make way for snow plows.

However, several residents said, on the Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch Facebook page, they were completely unaware of the snow emergency.

Trenton officials typically warn the community of snow emergencies by posting the information on the City of Trenton website and the city's cable channel -- channel 12 with Comcast limited basic cable.

Here's what Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch readers said about the snow emergency on Facebook:

  • Cary Shillair Bialy I had no clue their was a snow emergency. How do they let you know?
  • Jennifer Burnett They dont ticket anybody in my neighborhood ! Cars are always just plowed in
  • Charles Charlton One of my suggestions for city improvements in another patch article was for the city to be more proactive with these types of notices. Not everyone has time to sit and watch the city channel (whatever channel that is) and the city website doesn't seem to be consistently updated nor contains most of the information you would expect.
  • Cary Shillair Bialy What is the city channel? When I lived in Wyandotte they would cut in whatever channel you were on and make the notice. Maybe they should do something like that? I have 3 kids.. Cartoon channels Nate, lol
  • Angela Sieloff The city of Trenton will plow if there is a snowfall of 4 inches or more.
  • David Pelletier My neighbor got a ticket, and he and his family were out of town, so how is that fair? Plus the poor guy has cancer and a broken leg...when it rains it pours!!!!

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Ron December 30, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I typically do not park on the street when there is any measurable snowfall. However, fortunately, we have a driveway large enough to accommodate all of our vehicles. Nonetheless, the city needs to effectively communicate. such weather related emergencies to the residents of the community. Otherwise, have a specific ordinance that clearly states that snowfalls exceeding a predetermined amount will automatically result in a snow emergency. This would eliminate the uncertainty regarding snow emergencies.
Billy Bob December 31, 2012 at 01:55 AM
How about everyone use some common sense - Like a simple thought pattern - Look out the window - and gee every news outlet is saying we are going to get XX amount of snow.. Let's see to keep my car safe from someone sliding into and to make it easier for snow removal crews - I think I'll just move it to a safe place... Not quite rocket science... Ok so let's throw the burden back on the city.. Use the cable channel, Use the Patch, Make sure the website is updated.. Does the city have an emergency phone system? No matter how many methods you use - people still live under a rock and need some serious hand holding.
michelle January 06, 2013 at 04:01 PM
If I see lot of snow I try to put all the cars in the driveway. Whether they plow or not, I don't want some fool to slide into me. We are on a busy side street.
Diana Jackson January 09, 2013 at 03:29 PM
What snow emergency? When is an inch or two an emergency?

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