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Towns, cities release cleanup plans after Blizzard Charlotte

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After Blizzard Charlotte dropped 3 feet of snow on parts of the state, cities and towns in Connecticut determined how to cleanup it Monday.

In New Haven, the city has implemented a travel ban as well as citywide parking ban. Many of the main arterial roads and secondary roads are passable, which means emergency vehicles can travel on the roads.

The city wants to have all neighborhoods in New Haven passable by Tuesday afternoon.

Police have set up checkpoints four key entry points into the city to discourage nonessential travel:

  • Fountain Street at the Woodbridge town line
  • Dixwell Avenue at the Hamden town line
  • Whitney Avenue at the Hamden town line
  • Quinnipiac Avenue at the North Haven town line

In Meriden, public works crews have been able to clear most of the primary roads while the "secondary roads are at least accessible." Only half of the tertiary streets are accessible, city officials said.

Crews will continue to work through Monday night, even though their equipment has been getting stuck and breaking down.

The city has asked for help from contractors to aid in the cleanup efforts.

"It's clear that we will not have all roads open before Monday morning but we are making the maximum effort possible," said the Meriden City Manager Lawrence Kendzior.

In New London, crews from the department of public works continue to plow streets and residents are being asked to stay off the roads to allow them to work.

A parking ban remains in effect. People can park in downtown municipal lots, which were plowed, as well as the Water Street Garage.

In Bristol, emergency response vehicles have been equipped with resources for residents in need. The crews will continue to clear roads.

In Hamden, A parking ban remains in place and residents are banned from parking on the odd side of the streets.

Town officials said the cleanup process is being "slow, but effective" as crews continue to work. Plows are working with loaders to remove snow in advance of plows moving down streets. 

In West Hartford, 99 percent of town roads are passable and crews, which have been working 36 hours nonstop, will clear rest of the streets by Monday night.

"This has been a storm of historic proportions and it has stressed our resources considerably," the city said in a statement. "But we also recognize the stress it has created for those of you still stuck in your homes."

City officials advised people to drive or walk throughout West Hartford with "extreme caution" and residents may have difficulty seeing because of large snow drifts.

In East Hartford, the Public Works and Parks Department has made one pass on 17 streets in the city. Crews have worked 58 to 70 hours straight and have been released for mandatory rest.

"Due to the intensity and duration of the snow, and the extraordinary demand on equipment, our Public Works Department will continue to expand the capacity of all major roadways and side streets," East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc. "To continue our efforts we will retain our contractor crews to work throughout the night tonight."

In Wallingford, town officials said their crews are "struggling with unprecedented snowfall" and asked residents to be patient while they continue the cleanup efforts.

Most of the roads are expected to be cleared by Tuesday afternoon. As of Monday afternoon, 70 percent of streets are passable.

The Wallingford Department of Public Works, which has 30 plow trucks, five loaders and two backhoes, is continuing to assist the Wallingford Department of Fire and other emergency services to assist with medical calls and other emergencies.

The Connecticut Army National Guard is also assisting the city in its cleanup efforts and have helped to get the fire department into less accessible areas of town for medical and other emergencies."

In Seymour, the changing weather conditions have made if "challenging" for public works crews to plow and

"We are bringing in as much additional equipment as we can. No roads have been forgotten," said Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller. "Again, I understand some folks are becoming very frustrated but this is a very difficult situation we are trying to work through."

More equipment is being brought in to help town workers after several of town's equipment were damaged.

In Simsbury, town crews have already plowed to "widen roadways and to push back snow in order to clear sight lines."

Emergency workers with Simsbury Public Works Department are working to assist stranded motorists and respond to medical emergencies.

"Residents are urged to remain cautious as they travel because of narrow roads and large snow piles which reduce visibility," said First Selectman Mary A. Glassman.

In Chester, the Public Works Department is getting help from Copar Industries, who has donated heavy-duty equipment to assist in the road cleanup.

In Waterbury, nonessential city employees were told not to report to work as crews continue cleanup efforts.

The Waterbury Public Works Department have cleared more than 1,000 roads while 195 have not been plowed.

The city has posted a list of streets that were opened Monday and at noon, officials are expected to give a street-by-street update.

The Municipal Stadium is under 8 to 9 feet of snow, due to all the drifting. The Department of Environmental Protection and Energy is allowing the city to dump the snow in the Naugatuck River. Smaller towns are expected to help with the removal.

In Milford, mayor held a news conference Monday afternoon on the blizzard cleanup because the city was one of the hardest hit.

Towns from southwestern Connecticut are sending resources to Milford because those towns were not hit as hard.

The city is also working to get extra equipment into hard hit areas including from other states.

School officials were advised to take precautions to get snow off roof of their buildings.

Parking ban remains in effect, residents should be parked on the odd-number side of the street. 

In Bridgeport, a travel ban remains in effect Monday as crews continue to clear roads in the city. 

The city has posted a list of its passable roads on its website. Click the following link to see the list.

"It is so important to stay off the roads. Plow trucks and payloaders are encountering abandoned cars blocking their path across the city and the work grinds to a halt," said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch on the city's website Sunday. "We have plow crews working in every section of the city to clear our streets. This is an historic storm and the recovery effort is going to take some time. Every car out on the road slows our snow removal efforts."

The Bridgeport Police Department is going to ticket abandoned cars, which are delaying the cleanup process.

In Branford, the governor visited the city Monday afternoon to talk with officials because it was one of the hardest-hit areas in the state.

Interstate 95 near exits 55 and 54 in Branford was closed because of flooding.

In Manchester, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman visited the city, which was the hardest hit municipality in Hartford County.

According to the city's website, more than 80 percent of the town streets have been plowed and are open to traffic. With all the streets expected to be open by Sunday night.

Parking ban remains in effect until 7 a.m. on Wednesday. 

In Old Lyme, officials are anticipating flooding on the roadways as crews continue to plow and widen streets.

People are being advised to keep drains clear while the public works department is clearing snow in the area of Shore Road, Rogers Lake and Mile Creek.

Town officials said the increased weight of snow on roofs could lead to collapses and want residents to clear their roofs. 

Old Lyme officials are asking residents, whose road has not been cleared to call EOC at 860-598-0120.

Residents, who are shoveling and clearing snow, are being asked to be cautious and pace themselves because of the weight of the snow.

In East Haven, more than 60 streets made passable for one lane of traffic and emergency vehicles and all roads are expected to be clear by Tuesday morning at the latest.

Several secondary roads were not opened as of Monday afternoon.

""Due to the need to continually shift and re-locate plowing resources in response to medical and other emergencies, it is difficult to provide a specific order in which streets will be plowed," said East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. "Resources are being deployed to open up travel to as many people as possible and, again, I anticipate all roads will be open to one lane of traffic by tomorrow morning."

According to town officials, seven contractors are aiding the public works crews in the cleanup efforts.

"Residents are also asked to remind private contractors that it is illegal when clearing residential driveways to push the snow into the roadway," Maturo said. "Doing such will only exasperate the situation and create additional dangerous conditions for emergency crews and regular vehicles alike."

Town officials said they will have someone pick up the prescription at the pharmacy and deliver it to any resident's door.

In Middletown, Mayor Daniel Drew said most of the streets in city are passable, however secondary and tertiary streets have not been plowed. Crews were working to widen the roads as quickly as possible.

It could take up to several days to widening the streets to two lanes, the mayor said.

"To put it in perspective, we received an entire winter's worth of snow between Friday and Saturday mornings," Drew said in a statement.

City workers are focusing on clearing paths to "main roads, the hospital, our fire departments, and police station."

He added that the freezing rain is slowing the process and the city is getting help from private contractors.

Residents, who are walking or driving, are still being asked to stay off the roads and a parking ban is still in effect.

"We are imploring you to stay off the streets," Drew said. "Vehicular and pedestrian traffic is slowing the City's cleanup and with the onset of rain it will become even more difficult."

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