Blizzard 2016 Informational Hearing – Tuesday March 8th

11 Feb

When: Tuesday, March 8th 

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Baltimore City Hall, Clarence “Du” Burns Council Chamber, 4th Floor

city plow

On the weekend of January 23rd, 2016 the City of Baltimore was hit by an historic blizzard, “Superstorm Jonas”. The more than two feet that fell from Friday through Sunday shattered the previous City snowfall record and created an unprecedented natural emergency, the effects of which were undoubtedly felt by every citizen,  effectively shutting down the City and surrounding jurisdictions for days.

Baltimore City truck drivers, police officers, and firefighters worked literally 24-7 during the crisis, allowing the City to keep basic necessities flowing and to respond to every call for emergency services from its citizens.  Despite these impressive efforts and successes, many citizens felt that there were elements of the City’s response that could have been improved upon. Many residents have been baffled by the decisions that cleared some roads while leaving their own untouched for days.

Taking to heart the City Council’s oversight role, I felt compelled as a citizen and representative to introduce a resolution to hold a public hearing on the City’s response to this historic blizzard in order to determine what did and did not work, to review the effective use of the City’s resources, and to hear City agency and public testimony to determine how the City can better meet this sort of challenge in the future.

Please come out to hear more information on the city’s snow emergency plan.  Public testimony is encouraged, as your input will allow the city to better prepare itself for the effects of the next major storm. 






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