If a winter storm is on the way, here is what you should know:
Reporting damage or injury: If case of emergency call 911. For non-emergency issues, like poor road conditions, please call 207-443-5563, option 3. This is the best number to call during a storm event since police, fire, and public works staff are likely away from their desks.
Storm preparedness: Check out Ready.gov for helpful tips on preparing for the storm. Please remember to keep your vents clear of snow and uncover your hydrant - there should be a clear path to the hydrant and the ports should be accessible in case of emergency.
Parking Ban: Please remember that Bath's winter parking ban is in effect. It is unlawful for the operator or owner to cause, allow or permit any vehicle to be parked on any street within the City of Bath, for a period of time longer than 30 minutes, between the hours of 12:00 .a.m. (midnight) and 6:00 a.m. of any day, from 15th day of November to the 15th day of March (Bona Fide emergency calls exempt).
MUNICIPAL PARKING LOTS: It is unlawful to cause, allow or permit any vehicle to be parked in any Municipal Parking Lot overnight between November 15th and March 15th.
PENALTIES: A notice of illegal parking shall be issued with fines ranging from $30 to $50 plus the cost of towing and impoundment.
Snow plowing: After the last snowflakes fall, there will still be five hours of plowing before City roads are clear. The Bath Public Works Department maintains 52 miles of City roads and divides this mileage into 12 plow routes.
WHEN A STORM BEGINS:
For night time and weekend storms the Public Works Department relies on the Sagadahoc Communications Center to call their Foreman when road conditions deteriorate. When a snow storm (or freezing rain) begins, six of their plow units with sanders start work by first salting the major arteries (High St, Washington St, Congress Ave, Old Brunswick Rd) as well as hills and intersections. Their goal is to keep the roads as safe as possible and try to keep the snow or ice from bonding and packing to the pavement.
AS THE STORM CONTINUES:
When two to three inches of snow has accumulated they call the sander trucks back in to hook up their plows and mobilize the rest of the plow units. Again, they concentrate on the main arteries followed by the side streets and the goal is to keep the travel lanes open. Public Works will continue plowing the routes until the storm subsides and then will go back over all routes to widen the roadways out and clean up and push back at the intersections. They must widen and wing back to maintain the road width. The City has some dead end roads which they must plow out and this adds to their plow time. It will take them three to four hours to complete a typical plow route, so, for intense storms, a significant accumulation can develop in the roadways while they are plowing.