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Wyandotte Police Warn Residents to Move Cars Now!

Wyandotte Police: "Move Your Car, or We'll Move It for You!" Police are on the lookout for cars that have been buried in snow on public roads since the weekend.

Police are on the lookout for cars buried in snow, such as this one.
Police are on the lookout for cars buried in snow, such as this one.
Although Wyandotte did not officially issue a snow emergency this weekend, police are telling residents to move their vehicles, or they will be towed. 

Wyandotte Police Chief Daniel Grant said "The purpose of a snow emergency is to get cars out of roadways when the city is going to plow curb-to-curb."

"If we issue it and (roads) do not get completely plowed...people get upset."

According to the city's website, a snow emergency takes effect when 4 or more inches of snow is predicted.

"In an effort to assist the Department of Public Service, residents are asked not to park on any city street when a Winter Storm Warning or Advisory is forecast by the National Weather Service," the city said.  

Currently, there are still too many cars on the roads for the city to effectively clear the snow, the chief said. And vehicles that are still on the roads will be tagged and hooked.

“It's very evident when a car has not been moved (after heavy snowfall), and if they don’t get it moved, I assure them that we will," the chief said. 

"We’ve already impounded plenty of cars today."

Snow Emergency Parking Lots

The City of Wyandotte has numerous Snow Emergency parking lots available for use during a snow emergency. The locations for emergency off-street parking are as follows:

Route #1: North Drive to Goddard, River Drive to the Detroit River
Parking: FOP Park, Boat Ramp, McCord’s.

Route #2: Goddard to Ford Avenue, Fort Street to the Railroad Tracks
Parking: 6th Street & Alkali Park

Route #3: Ford Avenue to Eureka, Railroad Tracks to Fort Street
Parking: Walnut & 15th lot, Oxford & 15th lot, Prush’s Bar, Northwest corner of 17th & Eureka, Southwest corner of Sycamore & 17th, 20th & Vinewood.

Route #4: Eureka to Pennsylvania, Fort to the Detroit River.
Parking: Memorial Pool, Golf Course, 11th & Lee, Dept of Public Service, Public Lots 1 through 11, 11th South of Cherry, BASF Park.

Route #5: Goddard to Eureka, The Detroit River to the Railroad Tracks
Parking: Copeland Center, Police & Court Parking Lot, Museum Campus parking lot, North & South side of Sullivan street, West of Biddle Avenue. 

Dale Ave-Lallemant December 16, 2013 at 05:07 PM
If there is not a snow emergency issued, how can they tow cars?
KaJo Lyell December 16, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Issue the snow emergency, give them some time, then plow. Sounds like the city is being a bully... : (
Andrew Thurlow (Editor) December 16, 2013 at 05:20 PM
It's a catch-22.
Shannon Zanski-Justin December 16, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Are they calling a snow emergency now where NO cars can be on the street? Or is it just the ones that haven't been moved since Saturday?
Laura Gray December 16, 2013 at 05:42 PM
A snow emergency automatically takes effect when 4(Wyandotte)or more inches of snow is predicted. Snow amounts for each City could be different most are 2 inches of snow. The Ordinance is clearly posted on the City's web page. http://www.wyandotte.net/Departments/DPS/SnowEmergencies.asp
Dale Ave-Lallemant December 16, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Laura, please re-read the link you posted. A Snow Emergency has to be declared, it is not automatic. The city asks that when a snow is predicted at 4 inches or more to please clear the roadway. In the event a snow emergency is declared, then residents must move cars from roadways.
Andrew Thurlow (Editor) December 16, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Shannon, it is for car's that have not been moved since Saturday, pending tonight's weather.
Aaron December 16, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Because I'd love to walk from my house to one of these locations because I don't have a driveway.
Andrew Thurlow (Editor) December 16, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Dale, Laura is correct. It automatically takes effect. It says OR during a declared snow emergency. "The Department of Public Service is requesting citizens cooperate when the projected snow fall is 4" or greater or during a declared Snow Emergencies."
Joann Alexanders December 16, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Hard to do when you don't have a driveway and don't know when the plows are coming..sometimes it's 2 or 3 days..no consistency. We usually clean our own part of the street before the plow even comes and then they deposit the snow from down the street by our house.
Keith Gillette December 17, 2013 at 07:08 AM
If you have a politician on your street it will be plowed salted down to the blacktop! If not maybe plowed. .
gottenbr December 17, 2013 at 07:52 AM
Under Route 3, 20th & Vinewood makes no sense as there is no parking lot at this location. One other problem, say you do the dilligent citizen bit and park in one of the lots they recommend. You then have to slog your way home through the snow because many people do not promptly shovel the snow on their sidewalks.
Driver11 December 18, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Cant you all just move your cars and shovel your walks and stop B!tchin?? Its Michigan,Its Winter,Its going to Snow so get over it,and why must you leave your P.O.S. vehicle out in front of your residence anyways?? You might as well put it up on your lawn pull the doors off and make it a planter for even MORE curb appeal....geez later
gary grabowski December 18, 2013 at 08:14 AM
Peace on earth, goodwill towards men.
yanddot December 19, 2013 at 08:59 AM
The big snow was Saturday, today is Thursday. On my way across town today, I had to go around 4 vehicles that had obiously not been moved since the snow. TOW THEM! I don't have room in my driveway for all of my vehicles so I make arrangements with friends and neighbors. I agree with gottenbr that too many sidewalks are not cleared. Worse yet, they shovel a path from their door to their car, because that is all that really matters...right? Not to forget the letter carriers, I have also seen the vision impared and people in wheelchairs trying to get through. This complaint is not just for the residential streets, take a look at the businesses on Fort street that plow their lots and leave the mountain of snow right on the sidewalk. I have seen people on bikes and yes wheelchairs using the darkened, slushy, street out of necessity. It is a tragedy waiting to happen. That is where some ordinance officers could come in handy. Of course then people will complain that they are being 'picked on'. If you can't clear your walk, get someone who can. Be responsible for your property whether personal or business!
Lisa Dronyk January 02, 2014 at 12:09 PM
I welcome the police or plow for that matter to take a trip down 17th between Pennyslvania and Grove. We must not have anyone with pull on our street because I have seen the plow once. Lazy city management and residents for not doing anything.
Ali January 05, 2014 at 07:13 PM
where are we supposed to park our cars if we don't have a drive way?

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