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Welcome to the OEM Winter Safety Webage

List Contact Info
  Paul A. Ricchi Director  
 

Lieutenant
Lynn Fire Department
725 Western Ave.
Lynn MA, 01902

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

(781) 593-1234
You should dial 9-1-1 if there is an emergency situation

Announcements | Winter 2018-2019
Watch for Winter updates and warnings here!

Snow Emergency Update | January 2019
Vehicles parked on streets and sidewalks are subject to ticketing and towing. An announcement will be made when the parking ban is lifted. If your car is towed it will be $170 tow fee plus a $150 ticket. There is a $35 storage fee per day that your car is held at the tow lot. It is strongly advised that you find off-street parking during a snow emergency. The tow lot is located at 40 Federal Street behind the Fire Department Headquarters at 725 Western Avenue.
 
Snow Emergency Parking | Open and Closed Lots
OPEN LOTS
WARD SCHOOL ADDRESS
Ward 1 Pickering Middle School 70 Conomo Avenue
  Sisson Elementary 58 Conomo Avenue
  Wyoma Square City Lot $5 Wyoma Square
Ward 2 Lynn English High School 50 Goodridge Street
  KIPP Academy  
  Ingalls Elementary 1 Collins Street Terrace
  Manning Field Lot 28 Ford Street
Ward 3 Brickett Elementary School Lewis Street
  Hood Elementary 24 Oakwood Avenue
  Thurgood Marshall Middle School 100 Brookline Street
Ward 4 Harrington Elementary 21 Dexter Street
  KIPP Academy 90 High Rock Street
  MBTA Garage 200 Market Street
Ward 5 Johnson Street Lot Johnson Street
  MBTA Garage  
Ward 6 Drewicz Elementary 34 Hood Street
  William P. Connery Elementary 50 Elm Street
  LVTI Neptune Blvd
  LVTI Annex 80 Neptune Blvd
  School Administration Building 100 Bennett Street
Ward 7 Breed Middle School 90 O'Callaghan Way
  Callahan Elementary 90 O'Callaghan Way
  Classical High School (Large Lot) 235 O'Callaghan Way
  Lincoln-Thomson Elementary 115 Gardiner Street
 
ADDITIONAL LOTS
LOCATION ADDRESS
Barry Park Cottage Street
Barkland Dog Park Parkland Avenue
Pennybrook Road - Lynn Woods Pennybrook Road
Great Woods Road - Lynn Woods Great Woods Road
 
CLOSED LOTS
WARD SCHOOL ADDRESS
Ward 1 Lynn Woods Elementary 31 Trevett Avenue
  Shoemaker Elementary 26 Regina Road
Ward 2 Ford Elementary 49 Hollingsworth Street
Ward 3 Aborn Elementary 409 Eastern Avenue
Ward 5 Cobbett Elementary 40 Franklin Street North
  Fecteau- Leary Junior/Senior High 33 North Common St.
Ward 6 Sewell-Anderson Elementary 25 Ontario Street
  Tracy Elementary 35 Walnut Street
  Washington Elementary 58 Blossom Street
Ward 7 Fallon Elementary Robinson Street
 
CAR REMOVAL POLICY

- If parking ban is lifted BEFORE 9 PM:
Residents have two hours to remove cars from lots.

- If parking ban is lifted AFTER 9 PM:
Residents will have until 6 AM the next day to remove cars from lots.
- Vehicles still in designated snow lots after that time will be subject to ticketing and towing.
 
ALTERNATIVE PARKING OPTIONS

Parking is also available at the MBTA Garage at the intersection of Broad and Market Streets for a fee.

Designated snow parking lots will be opened for residents to be able to move their vehicles to off-street parking. Vehicles must be removed promptly from these lots at the end of a snow emergency parking ban or will be towed.

Vehicles parked on public streets and sidewalks during a parking ban are subject to a $150 parking ticket and $170 tow fee. Additionally, there is a $35 a day storage fee if your vehicle is towed.

Snow Emergency Parking Regulations will be strictly enforced. All violators will be subject to fines up to $200 and /or towing.

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Additional City of Lynn Snow Emergency Information
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DURING A SNOW EMERGENCY, PLEASE REMOVE ALL VEHICLES FROM THE ROADS AND SIDEWALKS IN THE CITY OF LYNN

Blue Snow Emergency Lights
Will Flash During Declared Snow Emergency Events At The Following Locations:

- O'Callaghan Way at Walnut Street
- Western Avenue at Centre Street
- Eastern Avenue at Essex Street
- Essex Street at Joyce Street
- Broad Street at Union Street
- Western Ave at Waitt Road
- Wyoma Square

 
SNOW EMERGENCY INFORMATION RESOURCES

- Television: WHDH (7), WBZ (4), WCVB (5), WLVI (56 & 7) and NECN
- Cable TV:
Lynn Community Television (LCTV)
- Cable TV:
Comcast Channels (3 & 22) and Verizon Channels (37 & 38)
- Radio: North Shore Radio | WESX AM 1230 – WBQQ l04.9 FM
- Newspaper: Lynn Item and Lynn Happens
- Website: City of Lynn Website
- Smart 911: Lynn's Notification System - Click Here And Sign Up!

 
CITY ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS
The City of Lynn Ordinances require all property owners to Remove Snow and Ice Fom Their Sidewalks to ensure pedestrian safety.
HOMEOWNERS and RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS BUSINESS and COMMERCIAL
PROPERTY OWNERS*
SNOW MUST BE REMOVED BETWEEN SUNRISE AND SUNSET, WITHIN 10 HOURS AFTER SNOW HAS FALLEN AND MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. SNOW MUST BE REMOVED BETWEEN SUNRISE AND SUNSET, WITHIN 3 HOURS AFTER SNOW HAS FALLEN AND MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
A CLEAR, FULL, PAVED PATH THE WIDTH OF THE SIDWALK MUST BE PROVIDED FOR PEDESTRIANS WITH A MINIMUM WIDTH OF 42 INCHES. A CLEAR, FULL, PAVED PATH THE WIDTH OF THE SIDEWALK MUST BE PROVIDED FOR PEDESTRIANS WITH A MINIMUM WIDTH OF 42 INCHES.
SNOW REMOVAL MUST INCLUDE CLEARING SNOW FROM ALL CURB CUTS, INTERSECTIONS, CROSSWALKS, HANDICAPPED RAMPS AND SIDEWALK LOCATIONS. SNOW REMOVAL MUST INCLUDE CLEARING SNOW FROM ALL CURB CUTS, INTERSECTIONS, CROSSWALKS, HANDICAPPED RAMPS
*PROPERTIES WITH MORE THAN SIX (6) RESIDENTIAL UNITS ARE COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ORDINANCE

- If the snow ceases falling in the daytime (7AM - 6PM) it is your responsibility to see that the snow accumulated on the sidewalk shall be removed within four hours.

- If the snow ceases falling in the nighttime (after 6PM) it is your responsibility to see that the snow accumulated on the sidewalk shall be removed before 10 PM the following day.

- Property Owners are responsible for making openings in snow banks between the streets and sidewalks at crosswalks, street corners and bus stops.

- If your mailbox is erected at or near a gutter line, make sure it can withstand snow clearing efforts. Also, the US Postal Service will not deliver mail if your walkway is not cleared.

- If your home or business is on a corner, please shovel a wide opening and help pedestrians get onto the sidewalk safely! Ask yourself if the path you cleared is wide enough for someone using a stroller or wheelchair to get through.

- Please make sure that ice is also cleared or melted from the sidewalk.

- If you fail to comply with the city’s sidewalk clearance ordinances or if you throw or dump snow from your sidewalk into the street, you will be issued a fine for such violation. After an additional 24 hours, if you have not complied with the ordinance, you will be issued an additional fine.

New ItemAcrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
Snow and Ice Removal Guide
2015 Snow and Ice Removal Amendment
Sign Up For the City of Lynn's "Smart 911" Notification System!
 
QUESTIONS OR HELP DURING SNOW EMERGENCY
Lynn Department of Public Works (24x7) (781) 268-8000
Lynn Inspectional Services Department (781) 598-4000
Lynn Police Department (781) 595-2000
Greater Lynn Senior Services (Info and Referral) (781) 599-0110
Contact Us About Your Snow Related Issues Using Our Online Form
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!
FOR A LIFE, HEALTH OR SAFETY EMERGENCY DIAL 911

National Grid Winter Storm Safety

As snow piles quickly become snow mountains, and ice and snow continue to fall and accumulate, National Grid urges everyone to take precautions to avoid the potential hazards the wintry weather may present.

Ice and Snow Build Up Poses Risk to Gas Equipment:

The build up of ice and snow around or over gas meters and vents for natural gas appliances can pose a serious safety risk.  Ice and snow falling from a roof can damage gas meters or service connections to customers’ homes or businesses, resulting in potential gas leaks.  Ice and snow blocking vents have the potential to cause carbon monoxide (CO) to back up into a building, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning to those inside.

To avoid these dangers, National Grid advises natural gas customers to closely inspect areas around and over gas meters, service hook-ups and vents, for ice and snow. Customers are also encouraged to test CO detectors in the home to ensure that they are in working order.

If you suspect carbon monoxide is present in your home, go outside immediately and breathe deeply; if symptoms are severe, call 911 immediately. 

After calling 911, call the following emergency National Grid contact number:
Massachusetts: 800-233-5325 | NH: 800-833-4200 | RI 800-870-1664

Snow Mountains Can Make Electric Wires and Equipment Difficult to See:

Electric lines and equipment may be covered by snow, but remain live and can be hazardous.  Always stay at least ten feet away from wires, poles or other company equipment.  Don’t climb snow piles below or near overhead lines, and keep pets and children clear of the area.  National Grid cautions the public that snow plows, blowers, roof rakes, shovels and other equipment easily become conductors if they come into contact with energized equipment.

Consider any downed wire to be live and dangerous.  If you see any fallen lines, broken poles or trees touching wires, keep people and animals away, and please contact National Grid immediately.

VISIT OUR STORM SAFETY PAGE

Who To Call In New England

National Grid customers should report electric-related incidents or concerns by contacting the company’s Customer Service Contact Center at 800-322-3223.

National Grid also provides real-time outage information 24 hours a day, including the option to report an outage, in the Outage Central section of the company web page at www.nationalgridus.com

National Grid
is an international energy delivery company.  In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Snow Ice and Extreme Cold Safety Bulletins

This page will be updated as needed.

Preparedness and Safety Information and Links
  *   Safety and preparedness tips for extreme cold:
  *   Winter storm preparedness and safety information
  *   Power outage preparedness and safety information

Stay Informed:
For additional information and updated forecasts National Weather Service Taunton and National Weather Service Albany.

Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.  Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone.

Utilize MEMA's real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times.

Utilize MEMA's live weather radar and forecasting tools, including the live snowfall forecast map.

Online Resources:
For additional information and resources, visit:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
MEMA's Facebook Page
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Weather Service/Taunton
National Weather Service/Albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center
Northeast River Forecast Center
Mass211 at www.mass211.org

 
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