Click to Home
Go To Search
emergency alert off
Snow & Other Emergencies
Snow Emergencies
Snow emergencies will be announced on most area radio and TV stations during and after heavy snowfall. Parking is not allowed on city streets during snow emergencies. Vehicles will be ticketed.

Whether you hire a snowplowing service or do it yourself, please remember that it is illegal to blow or push snow into roadways and city medians. Also remember that city vehicles that handle snow and ice removal are emergency vehicles. Do not follow them too closely so that you are more visible to the drivers.
Winter Snow & Ice Reminders
Ice that cannot be removed must be sprinkled with a de-icing agent or sand to prevent slippery conditions.
Sidewalks and ramps must be cleared again after each plowing operation.
Sidewalks on major streets are inspected for complaince; residential areas are inspected on a complaint basis.
If a notice of noncompliance is sent to a property owner and the work is not completed within the required time, city crews will perform the work and charge the property owner (example: $127 for city crews to clear a 60-foot-wide lot).
Call the Parks and Forestry office at (414) 471-8420 if you have questions or to report violations.

Wind & Storm Damage
Severe storms, windy weather, and other conditions periodically down branches and trees, which may present public obstructions or do other damage. When notified, city crews promptly remove such obstructions in roadways and public areas.

Please call the Public Works office at (414) 471-8422 to immediately notify them when such obstructions occur. Flooding and sewer back-ups may also occur from storms, and these situations should also be reported immediately.

Wind & Storm Damage Collection
Storm and wind damage is collected and disposed of for free after officially declared city emergencies. You can find out if such conditions exist by watching Cable Channel 25, or calling the Public Works office at (414) 471-8422. If the city hasn't declared an emergency, the collection of wind and storm damaged items is subject to special collection fees, which can be avoided if residents bring the materials to the Drop-Off Center.

Collection During Snow Conditions
You can help avoid problems with collection of garbage and recyclables during the winter months. Collections are normally done on the regular day regardless of the weather, even during snow plowing or salting. Please remember:
  • Don't place refuse carts on sidewalks - shovel out an area at the curb or driveway for the cart
  • Don't place carts on snowdrifts
  • Backyard subscribers should keep a clear path at least 3.5 feet wide from the street to the garbage / recycling storage area
  • Keep carts and containers back far enough from the curb / alley to avoid being struck or buried by plows, but make sure the containers and pathways are still accessible

IntranetPortal | 7725 W. North Avenue | Wauwatosa, WI 53213 | Phone: (414) 479-8900 | Legal Notices | Privacy | Accessibility | Copyright Notice | Powered by CivicPlus