City advises residents to avoid street parking during snowstorm

With recent snowstorms, police say to stay out of the way of plows

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City advises residents to avoid street parking during snowstorm

Snow covers vehicles parked along Greek Row in January 2017.

Snow covers vehicles parked along Greek Row in January 2017.

JESSICA HARJA | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Snow covers vehicles parked along Greek Row in January 2017.

JESSICA HARJA | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

JESSICA HARJA | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Snow covers vehicles parked along Greek Row in January 2017.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

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When the snow accumulates, people are advised to move their cars from the sides of the street so snow plows can get through.

Last week, the City of Pullman asked residents not to park on the street before the snowstorm.

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said that was the first time he can remember that the city has had that request.

When cars park on the street, it makes it harder for snow plows to go through and plow the snow because they cannot plow as much of the street, Jenkins said.

Cars are also more likely to get stuck, and it is more difficult when cars are parked on the side of the street, he said.

He said the Pullman Department of Public Works collects information about where cars are making it difficult to keep the roads clear. That information is sent to code-enforcement officers to see if they can help.

In the two weeks before the last snow storm, snow plows found it hard to clear the road because of 96 cars. He said this is an ongoing issue.

“We’re just asking people to help us keep the roads clear,” Jenkins said.