Philadelphia, February 10, 2010 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter has announced that all City offices will once again be closed to the public on Thursday, February 11, 2010, including all recreation centers, libraries and health centers. The Managing Director has instructed City of Philadelphia employees who are not required to work on the snow removal efforts or required to ensure public safety, not to report to work tomorrow.
“I want to thank all Philadelphians for their patience and cooperation during this storm,” said Mayor Nutter. “With this latest blast hitting mid-week we will use Thursday to continue to clear the streets and get Philadelphia moving again as quickly as possible. Philadelphians should continue to look out for each other, lend a hand, and stay safe and warm.”
Trash and recycling collection will be delayed for two days meaning that households with a scheduled Wednesday pickup will have their trash picked up on Friday, Thursday pickup will be Saturday, and Friday pickup will be Sunday.
Approximately 600 City personnel have been engaged in fighting the storm today, using over 450 pieces of equipment. Mayor Nutter paid tribute to their tireless dedication in battling this storm:
“Our public servants are making us proud as they battle the second major storm in less than a week,” said Mayor Nutter. “We’re fighting through this as only Philadelphia can.”
The snow emergency is still in effect so any vehicle remaining on a Snow Emergency Route will be ticketed and towed. If your car is towed, call 215-686-SNOW for its location. Do NOT call 911. A list of snow emergency routes can be found at http://www.phila.gov/streets.
Code Blue remains in effect and so citizens who encounter homeless individuals outside should call the Code Blue hotline on 215-232-1984.
In addition the First Judicial District and all School District of Philadelphia schools, administrative and regional offices will be closed tomorrow.
The special $5.00 “snow rate” for 24 hours of parking offered by the Philadelphia Parking Authority is in effect until Friday morning at 7:00 AM in the following center city garages owned/operated by the PPA:
Gateway Parking at 16th & Vine
AutoPark at JFK (16th & JFK)
AutoPark at Independence Mall (5th & Market)
AutoPark at Jefferson (10th & Ludlow)
AutoPark at Gallery Mall (10th & Filbert)
8th & Filbert
Old City at 2nd and Samson
To report a street in need of salting or plowing or for more information on any Streets Department program or service, call 3-1-1. The 3-1-1 call center will be open 7am to 8pm. You may also visit us online at http://www.phila.gov/streets/Snow.html