Eyewitness News spent Thursday afternoon on a ride along with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and the South Windsor Police Department as they observed the impact of Winter Storm Easton.
Hartford residents had "been really, really good compliance" with keeping the city streets clear, so that about two dozen public works plow trucks could get their job done.
"I also want to personally offer a huge thank-you to all the residents who've moved their cars and kept off the road today. Hartford Police Traffic Division Supervisors with 18 years' experience report the streets are as empty as they've ever seen for a snow storm. This is a critical help for the DPW crews working to keep roads clear. Special thanks are also in order for the media and to community leaders, who worked to make sure the word got out," said Segarra in a statement Thursday evening.
Still, several hundred somehow missed the memo to clear their cars as of 8 p.m. and more than 600 were ticketed with almost 300 vehicles being towed.
If a Hartford resident did not comply with the parking, they will be facing $99 fine plus nearly $98 more for the tow.
The mayor closed Hartford Public Schools, delayed the opening of city offices, Board of Education Central Offices and City of Hartford Early Learning Centers until 10 a.m. and extended the parking ban until 4 p.m. on Friday.
"This storm is not over yet, more snow is expected tomorrow morning. Snow clean-up continues but I want to remind residents not to throw snow back into the streets. The parking ban will remain in effect until 4pm. I urge everyone who has used a school parking lot to make arrangements to move their cars as soon as possible after 4pm tomorrow," said Segarra in the statement.
During every major snow storm, Segarra and his staff check on city streets, driving conditions and residents. And on Thursday, Eyewitness News went with him to tour the Capital City.
Segarra said clearing main roads are first priority, followed by side streets. DPW crews will be working all night long, using a sand and salt mixture on the city's roads.
"See more black and that's the objective is to open up the all of the routes," Segarra said. "It's a real hazard if people need to get to the hospital."
The mayor also makes his rounds to the shelters where he checks on his staff and the residents.
"It's been a really an awesome experience, and not being outside in the cold with my son," said Jody-Ann Taylor, of Hartford.
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