MILWAUKEE -- City of Milwaukee officials announced on Wednesday morning, Jan. 23 that crews issued 1,950 parking citations from Tuesday night into Wednesday. They said that's fewer violations than expected -- especially considering roughly 90,000 vehicles are parking on city streets on any given night.
Milwaukee officials revealed on Monday, Jan. 21 that 1,900 citations were handed out Saturday night, Jan. 19 into Sunday morning. Another 2,300 citations were issued from Sunday night into Monday.
This, after several inches of snow fell in southeast Wisconsin, beginning Friday. When combining the 4,200 citations issued over the weekend with the citations issued Tuesday night into Wednesday, that's 6,150 since Saturday, at $40 a piece, for a total of $246,000 -- after two significant snowstorms.
"I was excited for the snow this past weekend, but I wasn't as excited for this snow," said Marc Tasman on Wednesday.
Luckily, he had some help cleaning up.
"Got her a shovel that is her size. It's just the right size for the steps," said Tasman.
Elizabeth Desch said getting going on the road was a struggle.
"It took us like, five minutes just to even make any movements," said Desch.
A FOX6 News crew near Webster and Stowell jumped in to help a driver helping another. That seemed to be the theme of the day -- good Samaritans stepping in to assist strangers. You could say winter brings out the best in us.
"I saw her stuck as I circled the block a couple times. I thought, 'I should help,'" said Daniel Sippel.
David Schiedt stopped as well, pushing the vehicle from behind.
"Thought, 'why not help?'" said Schiedt.
The group grew when Kimberley Hemesath arrived with a shovel.
"It's insane. As soon as you get out, it's like, you can't. You almost get stuck again. You just got to keep going with it," she said.
When that work was complete, Hemesath got some help moving her sister's car.
"She's studying for the MCATs, and she is stressed, so I'm doing it. I'm in charge this year," said Hemesath.
Milwaukee DPW officials said for the latest storm, they were deploying 285 pieces of equipment. The operation was initiated at 10 p.m. Tuesday and was expected to go until 10 p.m. Wednesday, with crews plowing both main streets and residential streets.
"It's really all hands on deck," said Brian DeNeve with the DPW.
Residents are reminded to park on the ODD numbered side of the street (because it is Jan. 23) from 11 p.m. Wednesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday. Posted signs take precedence though. As not all winter parking rules are posted, residents should also check for parking restrictions HERE. You can also call 414-286-CITY.
DPW officials said parked vehicles should not impede the flow of traffic in the travel lane. This includes both the streetcar route and other city roadways. If a vehicle cannot be properly parked flush to the curb and out of the flow of traffic, whether due to snow or otherwise, then we discourage individuals from parking in that particular spot and reserve the right to ticket and tow.
Designated Milwaukee Public Schools lots will be available for off-street parking beginning at 7 p.m. This parking option is designed to assist residents who live in congested parking areas to find overnight parking from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. All vehicles must be moved from MPS lots by 7 a.m. the following morning or they may be subject to ticketing and towing. For a list of school parking lot locations, CLICK HERE.
CLICK HERE to sign up for winter parking text/email alerts.
Meanwhile, DPW officials warned of bitterly cold temperatures predicted at the end of the week, which "will likely result in icy conditions and snow embankments turning into ice." They asked that residents "please use caution and be patient as DPW crews face this additional challenge."
Garbage/recycling pickup would resume Thursday, Jan. 24, officials said. Residents who had garbage or recycling containers normally scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday are to place their containers to the curb Thursday until they have been picked No garbage/recycling collection will take place Wednesday. Severe cold temperatures forecast for Friday may result in limited collection on Friday.