BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The first big storm of the season puts snow removal crews to the test. It's especially true in Buffalo, where residents are expected to follow some key winter rules.
Thursday afternoon, the snow finally started to let up around North Buffalo. Some residents were out trying to clear out their sidewalks, but there were still a good number of those that hadn't brought out their shovels. This forced people to walk on the streets because the sidewalk was still covered.
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So what are the rules when it comes to snow removal? According to Article VIII, Sections 21 through 23 of Buffalo Code of Charter and Ordinances; It's the duty of every owner or occupant of any premises on a public street to remove all snow or ice within 24-hours.
It also states that snow needs to be removed from a space of three feet in width. If it isn't done, the owner or the occupant is liable for any injury or damage by not maintaining the sidewalks.
City statutes also state that you can't plow or shovel the snow onto any street in the city.
If you use a snow blower or a plow, it's also illegal for you to throw the snow on a sidewalk or onto a city street.
Most importantly, many homes and businesses have fire hydrants in front of them, or near them. While it is not the responsibility by law for you to shovel out the area surrounding hydrant, city officials do encourage it.
Many fire hydrants are marked for firefighters to see where hydrants are after snow storms. When every second counts during an emergency, city officials ask that those who can help, do their part and shovel around the hydrants.
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