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Posted on: March 14, 2017

The City of Rockville Will Be Closed on Tuesday

Snow Emergency Means Parking Restrictions; No Recycling and Refuse Tuesday

Rockville, Maryland, March 14 – The City of Rockville will be closed on Tuesday, March 14 as a storm brings snow and ice to the region.

The city has declared a snow emergency that requires all vehicles to be removed from roads within the city, including neighborhood streets.

Recycling and refuse will not be collected on Tuesday, March 14. 

All city activities and programs are canceled. For updates on city program cancellations or delays, visit the city's website at www.rockvillemd.gov/weather_closings.

In order for city crews to safely and efficiently clear snow from streets, all vehicles should be parked in garages and driveways whenever possible. If it is not possible to move vehicles off the road, they should be parked on the even-numbered side of the street. In courts or cul-de-sacs, parking is allowed only on the left side of the streets as one enters the cul-de-sac or court. Do not park in the bulb of the court or cul-de-sac.

To check whether an address is within the city limits, use the interactive “Rockville Address and Residency Check” map at www.rockvillemd.gov/gis/residency

To help get as many vehicles off the street as possible, four city-owned parking lots are open for residents to park their vehicles at the following locations: 

  • Rockville Civic Center main mansion lot, 603 Edmonston Drive.
  • Woodley Gardens Park, 900 Nelson St.
  • Welsh Park (Mannakee Street side only), at the corner of Martins Lane and Mannakee Street.
  • Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Road.
Vehicles illegally parked may be towed and/or ticketed.

Emergency Preparedness

The Department of Public Works is urging patience and preparation on the part of residents. Heavy snowfall may require crews to make multiple passes to ensure roads are passable.

Rockville requires that snow be removed from sidewalks, steps, driveways, parking spaces and similar paved areas for public use within 24 hours after a snowfall of up to three inches, 48 hours after a snowfall of three to 10 inches, and within 72 hours after a snowfall of more than 10 inches.

Residents are asked to remove snow from around fire hydrants so that fire crews will have easier access to the hydrants in an emergency. Ice and snow should also be cleared from around storm drains. Avoid shoveling snow into the street when possible.

Residents also are encouraged to check on older neighbors who may need assistance clearing snow. Rockville seniors in need of snow removal assistance may request help by calling 240-314-8819 or 240-314-8810. 

For answers to frequently asked questions about snow removal, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/winterweather and select "FAQs."

Learn more about how the city responds to winter weather in the Rockville 11 report at https://youtu.be/wo03Oy2UKCQ. Find video reports on preparations for this week’s storm on the city’s Facebook page (City of Rockville).

To report a power outage, call Pepco at 1-877-737-2662 or visit www.pepco.com. To report a tree blocking a roadway or driveway, call 240-314-8700. For a tree touching a power line, call Pepco at 1-877-737-2662. Be sure to stay clear of downed lines and trees touching power lines.

For emergencies, call 911. To report non-emergency concerns to the Rockville City Police Department, call 240-314-8900.

Rockville will post city facility closure information on the city’s website, www.rockvillemd.gov, as well as at www.rockvillemd.gov/weather. 

Updates on Rockville's storm response, city programs and facilities and other information will also be available on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable systems) and on the city's Facebook page (City of Rockville) and Twitter account (@Rockville411). To receive updates on mobile devices or via email, sign up for Alert Rockville at www.rockvillemd.gov/connections.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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