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Cudahy declares first snow emergency in 15 years

Posted at 9:40 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 23:27:38-05

CUDAHY — The city of Cudahy has declared its first snow emergency in 15 years after getting several more inches of snow Tuesday.

"The last thing a mayor wants to do is declare a snow emergency. However, with the amount of additional snow and the forecast for more snow later this week, the public safety challenges the snow presents require us to widen the width of our streets," a memo from Cudahy Mayor Tom Pavlic reads.

City Engineer Mary Jo Lange told TMJ4 News the declaration is also in preparation for potentially more snowfall later in the week, and there needs to be enough space for plows and emergency vehicles to drive. Lange said police were out knocking on doors reminding people to move their cars.

The emergency begins Tuesday at 10:05 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. Wednesday. Cars must park on the odd side of the street. Through 10 p.m. Thursday, cars must park on the even side. If you need a place to park, Cudahy is offering 4800 Packard Ave. (Library Parking Lot), 3500 of E. Squire & Kingan, and 4700 block of E. Kingan behind Papa Luigi’s.

Late Tuesday afternoon, plenty of people were out with their shovels and snowblowers working to clear snow. They piled the snow onto massive snowbanks.

"I started at six this morning," said Roy Altendorf. "I had to shovel everything out to get my wife to a doctor's appointment, and the snow in the alley was up this high."

"This is the worst it’s been in a while, but it's just Wisconsin," said Shayne Tyykila.

Edgar Reyes rushed to the store in Delafield to buy a snowblower that could better handle the volume of snow. He said he got the last one available.

Reyes moved to Wisconsin from Texas a few years ago, so he's keeping a close eye on the weather there, too. When he woke up Tuesday morning, he said he thought, "Here we go again, I open my garage and there's no way to get out, so I started clearing it."

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