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Davenport Adds Final Warning Before Snow Removals


Another snow emergency in downtown Davenport took affect Wednesday night. After last Friday's efforts to clear snow led to more than 60 cars towed, several others ticketed, public works crews tried a new method to get a final word out to people in the downtown.

For every snow emergency the city puts out public notices through media and the city's website, but after last week's storm dozens of drivers didn't get the message had to pay the price.

"I felt like had no idea it was going to happen, I thought I was doing the right thing parking in a place that wouldn't be a problem so I was frustrated. I was disappointed," said Megan Trinrud who got a parking ticket in downtown Davenport.

This time, public works planned to send one final warning for people to steer clear of the snow routes. They had someone from the city go around in advance of the downtown snow crew arriving. "We're going to send a body door to door, any business open, notifying them they're on their way probably an hour in advance of the crew coming in," said Steve Russell, Davenport CIP Manager.

He says it would giving at least businesses a reminder to make an announcement for customers to move their cars. The hope is to decrease the amount of issues that could lead to people avoiding the area altogether.

"If we had a little bit more time or it was a different time rather than our busy time it might have been a little better for us," said Tara Elkins, events manager at the Barrel House.

The downtown snow emergency is in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday between 2nd and 4th Streets and from Marquette to East River Drive. During that time you can use one of the three downtown ramps for free.

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