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Posted on: February 26, 2019

Illegally parked cars, broken gas lines cause problems as more snow is expected

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South Lake Tahoe, CA- Another winter storm could dump feet of snow in South Lake Tahoe over the next two days, and the city is asking people to be smart and safe as this storm moves through.

“One of the biggest issues we’ve had this winter is illegally parked cars,” said Ray Jarvis, Public Works Director, “They don’t just delay the snow removal process they’re dangerous for everyone involved.”

During the last storm, a snow plow operator hit a completely buried car that was parked in the city easement on Cedar Ave. After digging out the driver side, a 48-year old woman was discovered inside the vehicle. She told SLTPD she had been in the car for 4-5 hours. Thankfully she was ok, but the outcome could have been much worse.

“We say this all the time, but it is so important to get cars out of snow removal areas and for everyone to be careful using vehicles during major snow events,” said Chris Fiore, Communications Manager, “Being inside of a buried car, or starting a car buried in snow could have deadly consequences.”

South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue crews responded to reports of a broken gas line that caught fire this morning in the Tahoe Verde neighborhood. This after icicles crashed down onto the gas meter and severed the line. Crews were able to shut the gas line off and turn the scene over to Southwest Gas.

“This is why we keep urging cleanup,” said Fiore, “When it’s clear out it’s tempting to want to forget about the snow and get out of the house. Spending a few minutes clearing snow from your roof, cleaning icicles, can save you major headaches down the road.”

To check weather conditions in real time, click here. Drivers should anticipate delays and increased travel time throughout the week. Travel is not advised as conditions get worse. To check road conditions in real-time, click here. For snow safe suggestions, click here.