State of Emergency Declared for Fall River

Fall River, MA (WLNE) – Mayor Paul Coogan issued a state of emergency for the City of Fall River ahead of the weekend snow storm. The State of Emergency goes into effect at 1am on Saturday and stays in effect until 1am on Sunday.

The State of Emergency orders all non-essential businesses to close and all non-essential vehicles to stay off the roads.

A parking ban will be in effect from 6pm Friday until further notice. The city issued the following reminders about parking:

 “Parking is only allowed on the north side of city streets that run east and west and on the west side of streets that run north and south. Parking is allowed, unless posted, on both sides of any street that is divided by a traffic median. Parking against a median is prohibited. Parking is not allowed within 20 feet of a corner to allow access for snow removing vehicles. Vehicles in violation of the parking ban will be towed.

Parking is available at the following locations until the ban is no longer in effect:

Flint Municipal Parking Lot on Cash Street

Municipal Parking Lot on Columbia Street

Talbot Middle School on Melrose Street

Morton Middle School Parking Lot on Hood Street”

The Fall River Public Library will be closed on Saturday, as will the DPW complex on Lewiston Street.

A drop-in warming shelter will be open in Fall River from 8am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. The shelter will be at Christ the Rock Assembly of God Church at 414 Rock Street.

In addition, anyone who is homeless and in need of shelter, can go to First Step Inn at 134 Durfee Street or call 508-679-8001.

Here are City of Fall River phone numbers to call with questions or concerns:

  • MAYOR’S OFFICE: 508-324-2600 or 508-324-2601 or 508-324-2602
  • TRAFFIC DEPT: 508-324-2579 or 508-207-2584 or 508-324-2000
  • DPW: 508-324-2760 or 508-324-2761

In a news release on Friday, the City of Fall River also issued the following reminders:

  • “Saving parking spots by placing furniture or household objects in the street is prohibited by law. Placing objects in the street to reserve   a parking spot is punishable by fine.”
  • “Utilize driveways and consider sharing off-street parking with neighbors.”
  • “It is the responsibility of each homeowner to clear sidewalks of snow. Failure to do so is punishable by fine.”
  • “Do not throw snow into the street.”
  • “If there is a fire hydrant located near your property, please ensure that it is cleared so that emergency services can access the hydrant if   needed. Please also ensure that catch basins are free of snow.”
  • “If you are willing to volunteer to clear sidewalks for sick, disabled or elderly residents, please contact the Mayor’s office at 508-324-      2600.”






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