Thursday, February 3, 2011

There's Snow Place Like Home

This picture was taken in Hudson during the Great Blizzard of 1888. That blizzard occurred in March, so it's unlikely that any more snow accumulated on top of this snow before spring arrived that year. This winter, though, we've had snow on the ground since a day after Christmas, and new snow keeps coming, piling onto the snow already there, and the city is struggling under the burden of it.  

A snowstorm is a time when people should--and usually do--pull together. It's always a nice neighborhood-bonding ritual when folks head out with their shovels to dig their cars out of the snow and repark them on the cleared side of the street. Most people understand instinctively the logic of parking on the side that the snowplows have already cleared to allow the plows to clear the side where the cars had been parked, but somehow the rules of officially declared snow emergencies seem to confound everything and make citizens feel confused, angry, and even victimized by their own city government. This winter, just about everyone who parks a car on the street has a story about being ticketed or towed--or being rousted in the middle of the night to save a car from being towed.

So, for everyone feeling confused, angry, or victimized, the Communications Specialist for the Hudson Police Department explains the rules once again in today's Register-Star: "Snow know-how." 

We can all breathe a sigh of relief that the current snow emergency is supposed to be over at 8 p.m. tonight--at which time cars should be parked on the even side of the street.              


  1. This snow emergency business is no joke. When I saw the "no parking" sign on the odd side of the street late this afternoon, I took it as an indication that I should move my car to the other side of the street. Just now I looked out the window to see that my car (and the others that were parked near it) is gone. I assume it was towed, though I don't yet know where to... these rules are very confusing.

  2. well the haul is going on tonight

    so pay your property and school tax assessment

    quarterly water bill increases per unit regardless

    and let the hauling continue ...

    all the way to the waterfront

    Hudson Hauling is our name

    f**king you over is the game