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Loss of power/water service

If you lose power, please contact your power company:
Appalachian Power 1-800-956-4237
Virginia Tech Electric 540-231-6437

For water service outages, call the Blacksburg Police Department non-emergency line at 540-443-1400.

How do I stay informed of closings/postponements?

Who is responsible for clearing the sidewalks?

Within twenty-four (24) hours after a snowfall, each property owner shall remove the snow from the paved sidewalk in front of his or her property. If the property is rented, the tenant shall remove the snow. Town Code Section 21-112.

State Law reference - Authority for above section, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-1115. 
 

Which town roads are cleared first?

First the arterials are cleared. These are the main roads in town that are not plowed by VDOT. This would include Main Street, Patrick Henry Drive, Prices Fork Road, Toms Creek Road, Harding Avenue, and East Roanoke Street to Owens Street.  

Second the bus routes are cleared.

Next to get plowed are the collector roads. These are the main roads that lead to the neighborhood roads. Examples of collector roads are Airport Road, Clay Street, Country Club Drive, and Progress Street. These roads will not be cleared until the main roads and bus routes are cleared.

Finally, plows will clear the neighborhood streets. 
 

What about state roads?

Please visit VDOT's information at VDOT Snow Removal Preparation, Procedures. (PDF)

 

Why do plows leave snow in my driveway?

With heavy snow, plowing can cause snow to accumulate in roadside gutters and on road shoulders — sometimes even blocking driveways. Follow the following tips:

Snow should be shoveled or plowed to the right side of the driveway as you are facing the intersecting roadway. By piling the snow away from the oncoming direction of the snow plows, the snow will not be pushed back onto the driveway.

Eliminate snow piles at the property entrance whenever possible. High accumulations of snow can obstruct the vision of motorists, posing a safety hazard. 

Do not push snow onto roadways at any time. This creates a hazardous condition for all vehicles.
 

What about parking on the street?

Town Code Section 12-406. explains parking regulations to facilitate removal of snow:

(a) Whenever there shall be an accumulation of one (1) or more inches of snow upon any street in the town, the chief of police shall have the power to regulate parking upon the streets or any property under town ownership or control in a manner which will facilitate the removal of snow from such streets and property and to prohibit parking on one (1) or both sides of such streets and to alternate parking on either side of such streets until the snow has been removed from the street or property where parking is so regulated.

(b) Whenever there shall be an accumulation of snow hereinabove provided, the chief of police shall also have the power to move, by towing or other means, any parked vehicle obstructing or interfering with the process of snow removal. Such removal shall be carried out only after notice is given by posting at least two (2) signs in conspicuous places on or near the street or public property to be cleared. Such signs shall state the time and date when snow removal will occur, by which time the vehicles shall be removed. Posting of signs shall occur no later than 3:00 p.m. which shall be at least six (6) hours before snow removal occurs.

(c) Whenever there shall be an accumulation of snow as hereinabove provided, Main Street, between College Avenue and Airport Road, shall be a snow emergency route where parking is prohibited during and for twenty-four (24) hours after each snowfall or until the snow is cleared. The route shall be indicated by the placement of permanent signs which shall state "Snow Emergency Route—No Parking or Impeding Traffic Flow During Emergency—Towing Enforced."

(d) Any person parking a motor vehicle in a place restricted by the chief of police as hereinabove provided, or any person who allows a motor vehicle in his custody or under his control to remain parked in a restricted area, after notice as hereinabove provided, shall be guilty of a violation of this section. In addition to any penalty imposed, such person shall be liable for the cost of towing or removal.

State Law reference - Regulation of operation of vehicles in snow, Code of Virginia, § 46.2-1302.

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