PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Philadelphia may not have been the hardest hit area in our region, but given infrastructure, high rise buildings and number of people impacted, this snowfall has produced some lasting issues.
“I just heard boom,” said Darlene Keels, who lives in West Philadelphia. “And I have a screen door it just shattered.”
The weight of moisture-rich snow proved too much to bear for a shared porch in West Philadelphia.
“The snow kinda weighed down on it,” Keels said.
Residents were inside the adjoining homes near 58th and Arch Street when their porches suddenly collapsed around noon. No injuries were reported.
Further safety concerns in Center City sparked sidewalk closures.
Around the PNC building on 16th and Market Street, sheets of ice fell from the sides of buildings. In the air they looked like paper but shattered with a vengeance on their way down.
Of course there was a bit of iconic Philly fun to be had at the Philadelphia Art Museum, as the famed Rocky stairs produced a slick five tiered slope for sledders—and four wheelers.
Philadelphia lifted its snow emergency declaration at 1 p.m.
This means that parking is again allowed on snow emergency routes. The Philadelphia Parking Authority will resume enforcement of all parking violations beginning at 4 p.m. The discounted parking rates at PPA Center City garages will continue until 4 p.m. Anyone entering the garage after 4 p.m. will pay normal rates.
All trash and recycling collections will resume on Wednesday. As announced earlier, trash and recycling was suspended today. Residents in neighborhoods that normally have collections on Tuesdays are asked to hold their trash until the following week. But again, collections will resume Wednesday.
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There will be no collections picked up in driveways for the remainder of the week beginning Tuesday. Residents should place materials at curbside in the front of their homes all week. To accommodate residents impacted by collection delays the Streets Department will extend the hours of its six Sanitation Convenience Centers until 8pm all week. Visit http://www.philadelphiastreets.com for locations.
The City is in Code Blue until temperatures rise and it is safe to be outside again. This winter the Office of Homeless Services has added 304 beds and 124 Café slots for Code Blue. People do not need ID to enter Code Blue shelters or cafes from the street, and they can remain indoors throughout the duration of the Code Blue. If you are concerned about someone who is homeless, please call the Outreach Coordination Center at 215-232-1984 at any time. Outreach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. First responders can also transport people to shelter for their own safety.
Residents are expected to shovel all walkways and clear a 36-inch path 6 hours after the conclusion of the storm. Failure to shovel walkways can result in a $50.00 code violation notice. Residents and private contractors are also prohibited from shoveling or plowing snow into the streets. This creates a safety hazard and makes it difficult for the city to plow effectively.
All inmate visits are canceled Tuesday for all jails in Philadelphia County.