Preparing for the next round of snow

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More snow on the way, as many are still digging out from this week.

City crews have been busy this week, and they will only have more clearing out to do after this next storm. They’re responsible for roads, but you’re responsible for driveways, sidewalks outside your home and fire hydrants.

If they’re not cleared in a certain amount of time after the storm ends, you could get fined. Each town or city has different fines and generally, they give you about 24 hours to do it.

Springfield’s Code Enforcement Director Dave Cotter told 22News if you own a home, it’s your responsibility to shovel. If you rent a single family home, it’s usually the tenants’ responsibility. It’s the landlord’s responsibility in a multi-family home.

In Springfield, fines start at 50 dollars a full day after the snow has stopped. Even worse, if someone gets hurt on your property because you didn’t shovel, there could be a lawsuit.

Chicopee has a 50 dollar fine after 24 hours too. After that amount of time, the fine is 25 dollars in Holyoke and Agawam.

Check with your town or city to find out their particular laws. Many places still have parking bans in place so check on that too. Police said they’ve had no choice but to tow cars already.

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