CL&P, Yankee Gas help towns with snow removal - WFSB 3 Connecticut

CL&P, Yankee Gas help towns with snow removal

© Cl&P trucks head out to help towns plow streets. © Cl&P trucks head out to help towns plow streets.

With many roads in Connecticut still impassable after Blizzard Charlotte, Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas are helping municipalities they serve with snow removal.

Officials said around 50 pieces of CL&P and Yankee Gas snow removal equipment, including backhoes, dump trucks and trailers are being deployed with more than 40 employees working as the operators.

"We know that responding to Mother Nature's wrath requires a coordinated, community response and working with the state, we're glad we can provide this support to the towns and cities we serve," said Bill Quinlan, CL&P Senior Vice President of Emergency Preparedness. "We greatly appreciate the willingness of our employees, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 420 and 457, to help address this urgent need for snow removal."

Officials said employees were being deployed from their normal work locations and will be working in Hartford, Waterbury and Meriden.

After being stranded in their homes for four days now, residents on this street in Meriden told Eyewitness News they are glad someone finally came to dig them out.

"Well, it's good that somebody's helping us out," said Michael Bunnell of Meriden. "If the city can't do it, at least somebody's coming to help us out."

Many residents in Meriden said they are holding officials accountable. However, Meriden City Manager Larry Kendzior told Eyewitness News why cleanup is taking so long.

"This was a very, very tough storm. We had 36 inches of snow here in Meriden," he said. "If you look at the height of the plow, that's higher than the plows."

Kendzior told Eyewitness News that city crews have been working around the clock since the storm, and they still are.

The city manager told residents to call City Hall if their street has not been plowed. As of noon, about 20 streets still needed to be plowed.

"We got a pretty good list, and we got crews out there working," Kendzior said.

Meriden officials said at this point, the clean up is almost finished, and they told Eyewitness News they're confident they'll have every street done by the end of the day.

"I know it's tough and everything, but they should at least have one pass to at least clear it away," Bunnell said.

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