A winter storm warning is in effect for Monroe County until Wednesday, March 15 at 8 PM. This warning means that life-threating, severe winter conditions have begun and citizens should take precautions immediately. Please avoid unnecessary travel and remember winter parking rules are in effect in the Town of Penfield. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways, between 2 AM and 7 AM, to allow DPW crews to safely and effectively clear and maintain the roads.
If travel is necessary, please allow for extra drive time, clear all snow from your vehicle, including headlights, and tail lights, and give plow operators plenty of room to do their job. Do not try to race a plow or make quick moves to "get away." Cars are not always visible and big trucks cannot always stop quickly to respond to sudden moves by vehicles.
RG&E urges customers to avoid downed power lines. Customers should call 1.800.743.1701 to report downed power lines, power outages or other hazardous situations. Residents who utilize a generator should place their units at least 5-feet from the house.
Here are some other ways to remain safe during a winter storm:
-Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information
-Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather.
-Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
-All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
-Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
-Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
-Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
-Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.
-Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
- If you have an elderly person in your family or neighborhood please continue to keep an eye on them to ensure they have heat, food, and water.
Everyone please be careful when clearing snow or last week’s wind debris. Be Well and be safe!