How Residents Can Help with Snow Removal

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City of Plymouth fire hydrantShovel Fire Hydrants
The Fire Department asks residents to shovel out fire hydrants near their homes. Keeping hydrants clear of snow can substantially reduce the time it takes firefighters to put out a fire. More information about Adopt a Hydrant.

Inspect Mailboxes, Clear the Snow
Inspect you mailbox post each fall and replace those that are deteriorating to prevent mailboxes from being toppled by heavy snow or plowing activities. Keep your mailbox clear of snow to ensure mail delivery.

Recycling and Garbage
If it snows on garbage or recycling collection day, keep garbage cans and recycling carts a few feet back in the driveway – out of the street. This will allow plow drivers to more thoroughly clear the street and will help prevent carts from being toppled by plowing activities. With questions about garbage collection, contact your garbage hauler.

Clearing Driveways
Shoveling snow diagramIt is unlawful to shovel, plow or blow snow into the street (Plymouth City Code Section 1310.05, Subd. 5). Blowing snow in the street makes it more difficult to clear streets (especially cul-de-sacs).

After each snow storm, city plows and homeowners are out trying to clear away snow as quickly as possible. As certain as snow in Minnesota, some homeowners will be displeased when the city snow plow fills their already-cleared driveway with snow. To minimize that problem, pile shoveled snow on the side of the driveway, as shown in the illustration, to avoid having the snow plow push it back onto the driveway.

We ask for your cooperation and assure you of our desire to cause minimum inconvenience.

View snow plow safety tips.