109 vehicles ticketed during ban

BROOKINGS – More than a hundred vehicles were ticketed during the weekend’s parking ban, according to Assistant Chief Derrick Powers of Brookings Police.

A total of 109 vehicles were ticketed for being left out on the street during the parking ban. Tickets are issued by the Brookings Police, then the towing services come through to move the vehicles out of the way so the streets can be plowed, Powers said.

The parking ban started at 2 p.m. Sunday, according to a City of Brookings emergency alert.

A winter storm warning was issued for Brookings County from 6 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday. On Sunday, no travel was advised by the county until roads could be plowed. 

On the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network online, Brookings County weather observers reported anywhere from 5 to 10.5 inches of new snow for the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. Sunday.

The snow interrupted some scheduled events, such as area church services and the Tonic Sol-Fa concert in Volga, which was postponed.

The City of Brookings issued a statement on its Facebook page Sunday evening after some residents complained about the timing of snow removal in city limits:

“Each snow event is unique, and we do our best to get everything cleared; that being said, we know we can do better. We apologize that today we did not deliver on our snow removal efforts in a timely manner after this weekend’s snow event. We made some missteps and are working diligently to learn from our mistakes and improve our processes.

“We want to thank our snow crews for the dedication and time that they put in during each and every snow event. Please know that this stumble was not related to, or caused by the hard workers that clear our community’s streets. City crews and plows are out right now and will continue to clear snow overnight to ensure that all city streets are plowed by 8 a.m. (Monday) morning.”