Snow Removal and Winter Preparedness
WET WEATHER ALERT: Be prepared for the ongoing storms.
If your area is prone to flooding, now is the time to get sandbags to protect your home. Sand and sandbags are available at the following locations:
- South Lake Tahoe Fire Station #3 located at 2101 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (shovels available, but limited)
- Search & Rescue Building (County) 1834 Santa Fe Rd. (bring your own shovel)
Note: Sand and sandbags available 24x7 at Fire Station #3 and the Recreation Center.
- Snow Removal TIPS
- Snow Removal Plan (English)
- Snow removal plan (Spanish)
- Snowplow Zones
- How to report a sNOW Removal iSSUE
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Need to report a snow removal issue or concern?
Submit your concern online at the Customer Request Portal.
Other ways to contact us:
The City of South Lake Tahoe's snow removal phone number is (530) 542-6030. For County residents, the snow removal phone number is (530) 573-3180.
Per City Code Sections 7.05.560 – Maintenance of Sidewalks and Walkways and 7.05.570 – Snow Maintenance – the property owner and tenants of property adjacent to City right-of-way with any improved sidewalk or walkway are required to maintain a safe condition for pedestrians and other users. Owners and tenants must keep sidewalks and walkways substantially free and clear of all dirt, sand, gravel, filth, rubbish, ice, and snow. During a snow event, owners and tenants are required to substantially clear the snow and ice from the improved sidewalk or walkway within 12 hours after the snow event and within each 24-hour period if such an event is longer than 24 hours. Noncompliance may result in liability for personal injury or property damage.
In addition, per City Code Section 7.05.520 – Placement of permanent and/or temporary improvements adjacent to the right-of way – the City is not liable for damage from snow removal operations to any property, including cars, mailboxes, fences, retaining walls, or bear boxes, that are located either in the right-of-way, or adjacent to the right-of-way where snow may be placed and is not properly marked for visibility with stakes by our snow removal crew.
For more on the City Code visit: http://ow.ly/iszS50KTIAa.
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Learn how you can get your home ready for snow removal operations by watching the following video.
Winterizing tips for your home from our local utility providers
Winterizing Tips from South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District
Winter temperatures in Lake Tahoe dip below freezing and into single digits. Don’t wait for the damage and expense of frozen pipes. By taking a few precautions you can greatly reduce your risk of frozen and broken water pipes.
Prepare Your Home For Winter
- Disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses
- Insulate exposed pipes or faucets
- Seal holes and cracks in exterior walls, foundation and around pipes
- Turn off and drain irrigation systems
- Find your home shut-off valve and shovel regularly throughout the winter
- If you don’t have a home shut-off valve, considering installing one
- Make sure South Tahoe Public Utility District has your current phone number in case we need to contact you in an emergency. To update your contact info, call 530-544-6474 or visit mywater.stpud.us
For more tips, visit: https://www.swgas.com/.
Winter preparedness from Liberty Utilities
Winter Outage Tips
- Gather in a central room where there is an alternative heat source such as a fireplace.
- Make sure each family member has a warm coat, gloves, and hat. Dress in loose layers of clothing.
- If the indoor temperature drops to 55 degrees Fahrenheit or below, open faucets slightly so they constantly drip to prevent water pipes from freezing.
- If candles and portable heaters are used, never leave them unattended.
- Never use a gas range for room heating.
- Never use charcoal as an indoor heating or cooking source.
- Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start or quicken a fire. Always keep a screen around an open flame, and don’t close the damper while ashes are still hot.
- Remember, a fuel-burning heater, such as a kerosene heater, requires proper ventilation to prevent buildup of harmful fumes.
- Place heaters on a hard, non-combustible surface.
For more information on storm/winter preparedness, visit: https://libertyutilities.com/