Help Keep Yakima Safe When Winter Weather Hits

In light of recent snowfalls, the City of Yakima reminds community members that it takes everyone pitching in to keep our area as safe as possible when snow or freezing rain make roads and sidewalks slick.

While the City is responsible for keeping roadways as clear of snow and ice as possible, under a City ordinance (see Yakima Municipal Code Chapter 8.88), home owners and business owners have the responsibility to make sure sidewalks near their property are safe.

While most people do remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, a common problem arises this time of year when some people shovel or blow snow from their sidewalks and driveways onto City streets. Doing so is not only unsafe, it’s illegal (see Yakima Municipal Code Section 8.88.020).

“Snow shoveled or blown into the street creates a serious traffic hazard,” said Communications & Public Affairs Director Randy Beehler. “Essentially, snow speed bumps are formed. Instead of putting snow in the street and hoping a plow will come by, it’s a lot better to pile snow from sidewalks and driveways in your yard or somewhere else,” said Beehler. “Anywhere’s better than throwing or blowing it onto the road.”

Help is availble for senior citizens, disabled people, or others who need assistance to remove snow near their property by calling the City’s Office of Neighborhood Developoment Services at 575-6101.
Snow Removal Responsibilities – News Release