Winter Weather Guide
City of Crete personnel across multiple departments are tasked with services in preparation for, during, and after winter weather events.
- Police Department (24 hours) - 402.826.4311
- Public Works Department - 402.826.4312
- Calls after regular business hours will be directed to an answering service and relayed to on-call personnel.
- Sign up for emergency alerts from two alert systems used by local emergency management and the dispatch center.
Electrical and street issues
- To report power outages, problems with electrical service, street issues (including fallen branches on streets) and other concerns, please call Public Works, 402.826.4312
- Snow is removed according to the city’s approved snow plan, which takes into account emergency snow routes, arterial streets, weather forecast, and current conditions.
- The Street Department uses a salt brine pretreatment on priority streets if conditions allow before a forecasted winter weather event. Rainfall during this process can wash away the brine or make it ineffective. Salting/sanding streets remains part of the department’s practice during winter weather.
- Street Department crews may push snow to the middle of downtown streets for removal with an industrial snowblower.
- Keep snow and ice 5 feet away from fire hydrants for access during an emergency.
- Property owners in the business district are responsible for snow removal on sidewalks in the business district within 5 hours after accumulation ends and by 8:30 a.m. if snow falls overnight.
- In residential areas, residents are responsible for clearing their sidewalks within 24 hours after accumulation ends.
- City Code, Chapter 8, Article 2
Snow Removal Permit - Commercial
- A city permit is needed to move snow in city right-of-way. Find this permit online or at the City Hall Utility Office, ground floor.
- It is against city code to push snow off private property onto city right-of-way. Citations can be issued.
Emergency Snow Routes
- After a significant snow event, three or more inches of accumulation, the city may declare a Snow Emergency. A Snow Emergency announcement would be made on the city's social media accounts (@CreteNE), this website, and local news.
- During a Snow Emergency parking along marked Emergency Snow Routes is prohibited and vehicles in violation will be towed.
- If a vehicle was towed during a snow emergency or for other parking violations it may be claimed from the towing company once the fees are paid at the police station.
- The city has marked Emergency Snow Routes on arterial streets including: Highway 33/103, Hawthorne, Boswell, Iris, and Main Avenues; East 1st, East 4th, East 5th, East 9th, East 14th, East 15th, and East 29th Streets; others include Betten Drive., the entire downtown area and streets around Crete Elementary school. City Code, Chapter 5, Article 2
- view larger pdf or go to the online map and select 'Emergency Snow Routes' under the Layers tab)
Garbage and recycling collection
- If severe weather conditions warrant a stoppage or delay in garbage or recycling collection, the city will make efforts to notify customers through social media and the city website.
- 24-hour Parking & Downtown Parking:
- Vehicles cannot remain parked on streets, public roads or public property for more than 24 hours at a time.
- Parking is prohibited in the downtown area between 2-4 a.m.; these areas are marked with signs.
- Vehicles parked in violation of these ordinances are subject to tickets and towing. (City Code, Chapter 5, Article 4)
- Any vehicle cited for parking violations three times within 30 days may be towed on the issuance of the third ticket.
- Parking tickets and fees are paid at the Crete Police Station, 1945 Forest Ave., during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 -11 a.m. and 12 -5 p.m.) If a vehicle was towed during a snow emergency or for other parking violations, it may be claimed from the towing company once the fees are paid at the police station.