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BOULDER, CO – November 27, 2019: Marcel De Lange shovels the heavy snow on the walkways of one of his properties on Pine Street in Boulder on November 27, 2019. He said he tries to comply with the snow removal time table, but sometimes snow plows cover his sidewalks after he cleans them. (Photo by Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
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Barring extra cranky neighbors, Boulder and Longmont residents will have extra time this week to get their sidewalks cleared after the snowstorm thanks to the holiday week.

While the deadline to shovel sidewalks is technically 8:49 p.m. today in Boulder, enforcement on Thanksgiving is expected to be minimal.

This week’s storm dumped almost two feet of snow in Boulder and 14 inches in Longmont. Both cities require residents to shovel their sidewalks 24 hours after the snow stops. In Boulder, the last recorded snowfall was 8:49 p.m. Tuesday.

In Longmont, spokesman Rigo Leal said, the last recorded snow was at 5 a.m. Wednesday. But with the holiday and enforcement of the snow shoveling rules is generally limited to complaints, he said, and residents likely will have until Monday to get all that snow cleared away.

“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of leeway on this particular storm,” he said. “I feel like people are going to give each other a pass. It is the holiday season.”

In Boulder, code enforcement administrative assistant Michaela Krzesinski said code enforcement officers aren’t working on Thanksgiving. So it will be up to police officers to respond to any complaints about snow-covered walks.

City spokeswoman Shannon Aulabaugh added that the official enforcement of the snow shoveling rules will start Friday.

Those who fail to clear their sidewalks in Boulder could get a $100 fine for their first offense. Boulder also can issue an abatement, in which the city brings in a contractor to remove the snow and the owner pays for the removal along with a $50 fee.

Those issued an abatement have a 24-hour warning period to remove the snow themselves.

For more information about Boulder’s snow removal ordinance, visit bouldercolorado.gov/public-works/snow. To report violations, call 303-441-3333.

For more information about Longmont’s snow removal ordinance, click here.

For those physically unable to shovel their own sidewalks, the Boulder County CareConnect IceBusters program offers assistance. To request assistance or to volunteer, call 303-443-1933.

In Boulder, seniors who can’t shovel their walks also can request help from Cultivate at 303-443-1933. If city snowplows covered a sidewalk during the storm, residents can call Boulder’s snow dispatch for help at 303-413-7109.

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