The city of Peabody will be testing out a new approach to snow, ice and other emergencies as the expected blizzard hits the area Friday and Saturday.
Rather than ban parking from city streets during all winter months, the city is now limiting the ban to periods of weather and other emergencies ,
Mayor Edward Bettencourt said recently that the primary means of declaring a snow and ice or emergency parking ban and notifying residents of such an event is the blue light activation in the city’s intersections. Once the blue light is activated parking will be prohibited on all city streets.
The new system was created so that residents do not have to find alternative parking throughout all the winter months, but only during the times of emergency parking bans.
The city will activate the blue light notification if snow or freezing rain has fallen or is imminent, national and local newscasts and meteorologists are forecasting a snow or ice event and officials are expecting any other emergency-related event, such as floods, tornadoes or hurricanes.
Additional alerts regarding the ban will be communicated through local cable stations, Connect Ed (Peabody School System Alert), Peabody Police and various social media outlets.