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GREAT FALLS, Mont. -

Snow and ice can last for days and even weeks and that can be hazardous if sidewalks and walk ways are not shoveled.

That's why city of Great Falls wants to remind residents that you have 24 hours after a snowstorm to clear your sidewalk of snow and ice.

“Our goal is really to have people comply. So a lot of times our police officers will go out knock on doors. There might be a reason why people are not shoveling. Sometimes extended absences, someone might be elderly and might not be able to do it. So of course our first goal is to always find out what's going on in the home. But, according to city code, you can be ticketed. And so all our police officers would do is give you a ticket and you have to appear in court in front of a municipal judge and it would be up to the judge to actually fine you. The fine could be up to $500,” said Deputy City Manager Jennifer Reichelt.

And businesses have even less time than that, they must have their commercial area cleared before 11 a.m. each morning.

In general most cities have similar city codes. Here is a breakdown of what it might cost if sidewalks stay un-shoveled:

Helena: Warning letter, then fines

Missoula: $66 base fine, $28 per half hour, & $38 administrative fee

Billings: $110

Great Falls: up to $500

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