Snow Removal Assistance and Safety
- Call 911 if you have an emergency. Dispatchers will contact the snow removal operations if emergency vehicles need assistance.
- Remain patient; we will ensure that all roads are passable as soon as possible. This is our highest priority.
- Stay off the roads, if possible. The fewer vehicles on the roads, the faster we can get them cleared and have you on your way.
- Park your vehicles in your driveway.
- Stay back at least 50' from the rear of a plow truck so the driver can see you. If you can't see the drivers in their mirrors, they can't see you.
- Ensure your vehicle doesn't hang out into the street.
- Teach your children to stay behind the sidewalks when they see the plow trucks coming.
- Avoid passing or driving beside plow trucks to allow our larger trucks to plow multiple lanes of snow at once.
- Avoid shoveling snow from your driveway into the street to minimize the amount of snow pushed back into your driveway by plow trucks.
- Shovel the snow from your driveway to the down street side (Down Street is the direction traffic flows past your driveway.)
- Remove any portable basketball goals, hockey goals, skate board ramps, or other structures from the street to enable plow trucks to reach the curb. This also helps to minimize the risk of damage to the plow truck or portable structures.
- Trim tree branches along the street.
- Clear sidewalks adjacent to your property.
Be Prepared for Winter Weather
- Do not park on streets marked with Emergency Snow Route signs anytime it snows. Vehicles must remain off of these streets for 24 hours after snow has stopped falling. View the Emergency Snow Routes.
- When an All-City Emergency Snow Removal Operation is declared, parking is prohibited on ALL streets for 48 hours. Vehicles may be towed if they are not moved.
- If there is snow in the forecast, don’t park on the street. Move vehicles off the street before leaving the house for more than a day during the winter.
- Do not allow children to play in snow drifts or snow piles along the street. This is very dangerous, especially when streets are being cleared by snow plows.
- As a property owner, it is your responsibility to clear snow from all sidewalks on or adjacent to your property within 24 hours after snow has stopped falling. Fines may be issued if violations occur.
- Keep fire hydrants clear of snow and debris. Be mindful when shoveling or snow blowing to not cover any fire hydrant with snow.
Snow Removal on Cul-De-Sacs
- After the first pass through cul-de-sacs, front-end loaders are dispatched to complete snow removal in the bulb of the cul-de-sac. Thorough cleanup is made by piling snow in open right-of-way areas. The melting snow and ice is removed from the streets before it freezes.
- During periods of excessive snow, homeowners may find snow piled into the sidewalk or into their yards. This is an unavoidable part of the snow removal process. Should residents have concerns about clearing their sidewalks, the City of Ankeny will not ticket property owners on cul-de-sacs with snow piled on their sidewalk when it is evident that Public Works has placed it there.