AUGUSTA — City officials said Sunday that due to accumulated snow, Water Street in downtown Augusta will remain closed to parking until at least Tuesday morning.

Officials are also warning motorists citywide to be extra cautious at blind spots caused by high snowbanks.

The heavy snow and drifting from Saturday’s snowstorm, which dumped more than a foot of snow on the city and much of central Maine, have had a severe impact on city streets and sidewalks, and while crews are working around the clock to clear them, it will take time to complete the cleanup, according to Deputy Chief Kevin Lully of the Augusta Police Department.

Lully said motorists must reduce their speeds and watch for pedestrians due to blind spots created by high snowbanks, and snow-filled sidewalks.

Officials with Augusta Public Works posted on the department’s Facebook page that they expect to haul snow off Water Street late Monday, after which the parking ban would be lifted.

They said Sunday that snowbanks on Water Street have taken up many parking spaces, and allowing parking before more snow is removed would not allow the street to function as a two-way thoroughfare.

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