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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Terry Maker likes to take walks outside, but in winter, that can be dangerous.

"There's areas I don't like, because you got to walk through deep snow and stuff," said Maker, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

That's why he clears his sidewalk as soon as he can after the snow stops falling -- something all residents are supposed to do. If Maker doesn't, he could face a fine.

In Cedar Rapids, the city requires people to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice within 48 hours.

Same goes for Dubuque and most residential areas of Waterloo.

In Iowa City, though, it's just 24 hours, and the same goes for Waterloo if you live within three blocks of a school or hospital.

Homeowners are offered a chance to shovel first, before a fine is levied.

"All we're doing is enforcing a city code, and really it's designed to keep people safe," said Mike Duffy, Cedar Rapids Street Operations Superintendent.

In Cedar Rapids, the city estimates it sent bills of up to $200 to 25-50 people for not clearing sidewalks.

Sidewalks aren't the only thing you need to be aware of after it snows. In Cedar Rapids, a snow emergency means you need to watch where you park your car.

"That just allows our equipment to move down the road quickly without having to make multiple trips back to clear as vehicles are moved," said Duffy.

If your car is in the way, you could get towed.

Cars parked in the way in Cedar Falls will start getting tickets Wednesday morning.

Read more about that here: http://www.kwwl.com/story/27420089/2014/11/18/cedar-falls-cars-blocking-plows-to-get-tickets-wednesday
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