Everything You Need to Know (And Then Some) for Surviving Winter in Marion
It's Winter 101 on Patch today. We'll provide you with quick and easy access to some lingering questions about what goes down in the city of Marion during severe winter weather.
This winter has been more on-again off-again than a middle school relationship. But when it turns on, it can result in traffic accidents, school cancellations and plainly makes Marion a little less safe to live in.
That's why we've compiled a comprehensive guide for what you can, and should do, during extreme winter weather.
Print this article out, if you can, as it might come in handy.
How Do I Know When a Snow Emergency is Declared in Marion?
According to Ryan Miller, director of Marion Department of Public Services, there are two ways to be notified. Both the press, including Marion Patch, and other news sites and the city's website.
Patch will send out a breaking news alert if there are cancellations to those subscribed to the free newsletter. You can also stay up to date on the storm by liking Marion Patch on Facebook and following on Twitter.
What Types of Snow Emergencies are There?
The City of Marion has two types of snow emergencies.
- The snow route parking emergency. This is declared when road conditions are icy and slick and or snow accumulation has amounted to two to four inches. If this is declared, cars are no longer able to park in emergency routes until the emergency is declared over.
- Winter storm emergency. This is where four or more inches have fallen on the ground. When this is declared, all cars must be removed from the streets.
When Do the Plows Come Out in Marion?
There is no official time frame or condition for snow-plows to be brought out to the streets. Usually, Miller said, the plows will come out after about an inch of snow, or, generally speaking, driving conditions are difficult due to snow or ice. Emergency snow routes are plowed first.
How Long Do I Have to Shovel My Sidewalks?
The city of Marion gives you 12 hours to remove snow and ice from your sidewalk once winter weather passes.
To Whom Can I Complain or Make a Request?
During business hours, residents should call the Public Works department at (319) 377-6367.
How Do I Report a Power Outage?
To report an outage, Marion residents should call Alliant Energy. Customers should call (800)-255-4268.
Are There Shelters Set Up in Case of a Power Outage in Marion?
There is no designated area, said Miller. Though, in the case of such an emergency, he said the public safety division of the city — the Police Department and Fire Department — will likely house people during such severe weather events.
How Can I Find Out What the Roads are Like?
Visit the Iowa DOT Travel Information Service website for a check on road conditions around the state.