Reading Mayor signs Disaster Emergency due to Heavy Snowfall

In response to the heavy snowfall forecast for Sunday night, Monday, and Tuesday morning, Mayor Eddie Moran has signed a declaration of disaster emergency for the City of Reading.

“Pursuant to a winter storm warning with an expectation of 12 to 18 inches of snow accumulation, I have signed a declaration of disaster emergency” said Mayor Moran in a statement Sunday night.

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“Our department directors have been authorized to make decisions in response to the emergency, which allows us to access additional resources needed to protect the residents of Reading’s health and safety.”

The Mayor is urging residents to keep the streets clear, relocate their vehicles, and utilize the Reading Parking Authority’s open and free garages through 8am Wednesday.

“We remind our residents to keep emergency numbers on file.”

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For serious emergencies, use 9-1-1. The Fire Department non-emergency line is 610-655-4911. The Police Department non-emergency line is 610-655-6116 and to reach the Department of Fire & Rescue Services, call 610-655-6080.

In addition, trash and recycling throughout Reading will also be delayed by one day.

As of 7pm Sunday, Reading Public Works Department has 14 trucks salting and plowing the main and secondary roads.

City officials say this will increase to 16 vehicles with the addition of the clean crews to shovel on Monday morning.

“Stay home, if possible. But above all, be patient, be kind and look out for each other. Let us get through this – together.”

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