Ottumwa Faces Snow Emergency

By Aaryn Frazier, January 18, 2019

The City of Ottumwa has declared a Snow Emergency Ordinance will be placed into effect, due to the impending storm, beginning on Friday 18 at 5 p.m.

A release from the city reminds residents that while the snow emergency is declared, no parking will be allowed on streets designated as “Snow Routes” until the emergency is lifted. Snow Routes are marked with a square blue sign with a white snowflake and can be viewed on-line at City of Ottumwa Web Page. (

Parking on non-snow emergency route streets rotate sides on a daily basis. On even numbered days, parking is allowed on the even numbered (addressed) side of the street. On odd numbered days, parking is allowed on the odd numbered side of the street.

The snow emergency will remain in effect until further notice, and all vehicles parked out of compliance with the ordinance are subject to being ticketed and or towed and impounded. A citation will be issued along with the towing and impound fees.

During winter weather events, City Public Works crews focus on keeping the snow routes and major streets open through the duration of the event. This allows emergency services and essential travel around the city even through the worst of conditions. Once the main travel corridors have been cleared, the focus will shift to side streets and residential areas.

During winter weather events, City, County and State snow plows work hard to keep roadways passable. All motorists should be mindful that plow drivers cannot see directly behind their trucks and often stop and/or back up. Please keep a safe distance behind plows to protect yourself from possible injury and protect your car from material that plows spread on slick roadways.



The City of Ottumwa has a snow emergency code, which designates certain streets as snow emergency routes.  Below is a list of those streets.

Albia Road (Ferry to Skyline Dr.);

Alta Vista (N. Court to College entrance);

Carter Ave. (N. Court to Elm);

Chester (5 corners to Johnson);

Church St. (Market to 5 corners);

Court (Fourth to Hwy. 63 N.);

Ferry (Intersection 34-63 to Mary);

Finley (Shaul to Madison);

Fourth (Iowa Ave. to McLean);

Green (Fourth to River Dr.);

Greenwood (Ferry to Skyline);

Iowa Ave./Morrell Dr./Elm (Hwy.34-Alta Vista);

Jefferson (Cook to Alta Vista);

Johnson (Greenwood to Finley);

Madison (Bardell to south city limits);

  1. Main (Court to east city limits);
  2. Main (Court to McPherson);

Marion (Main to Fourth);

Market (Fourth to River Dr.);

Mary (Hwy.63 to Shaul);

McKinley (Finley to Albia Rd.);

McLean/Woodland (Gateway Dr. to N. Court);

McPherson/Park Blvd. (Second to Court);

Milner (Richmond to south city limits);

  1. Pennsylvania (Court to east city limits);

Quincy (Albia Road to Blackhawk);

Richmond (Church to Ferry);

River Drive (Washington to Market);

  1. Rochester (Hwy 63 to city limits);
  2. Rochester (Hwy 63 to Sycamore Road);

Second (Forrest to Iowa Avenue);

Shaul (Mary to Finley);

Sheridan (Church to Mary);

Skyline Drive (Albia Road to Chester);

Vanness (Court to Elm);

Vine (Madison to the 5 corners);

Ward (Church to Mary);

Washington (Main to N. Court);

Wildwood (Albia Road to Hwy. 34);

Williams (Shaul to Madison).

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