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Winter Storm Brody

Communities brace for several inches of snow

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Public works crews were out preparing for Winter Storm Brody on Wednesday (WFSB) Public works crews were out preparing for Winter Storm Brody on Wednesday (WFSB)
EAST HAMPTON, CT (WFSB) -

Following weeks of bitter cold, communities are now bracing for the several inches of snow expected to be dumped on the state by Winter Storm Brody.

Channel 3's meteorologists said snow could be heavy at times throughout the day on Thursday with it coming to an end by midnight.

In West Haven on Wednesday, public works crews were staying busy.

With Winter Storm Brody on the way, being prepared is their number one priority, and that means making sure everything is up and running.

From the salt shed and the public works garage, to even some of West Haven's hilliest streets, public works crew spent the day getting ready for whatever Mother Nature and Winter Storm Brody is set to throw at them.

"Test all our plowing features, augers, sanders, plows, make sure the plow frames are good on the trucks, make sure everything is tight and ready to go,” said Bob Orifice, Department of Public Works Fleet Supervisor.

His job is to make sure the trucks are primed and ready to go on Thursday morning.

He said between the Department of Public Works and Parks and Recreation, they’ll have about 40 trucks out cleaning West Haven, including some new ones.

While the trucks are ready, so is the city's salt supply as two deliveries were trucked in and dropped off Wednesday morning.

Crews were also out on Wednesday pre-treating roads, spreading a salt and molasses mixture that helps it stick to the roads, which is a move necessitated by the frigid temperatures.

"It impacts the types of salt you put down, how you pre-treat, impacts us on the fleet side, make sure the fuel is treated correctly, we put additives into the fuel.  Very, very cold weather effects the truck in every way you can think of,” Orifice said.

Eversource said crews are ready to respond to any storm-related power outages or damage that may happen on Thursday.

“Given the extremely cold temperatures we’ve been experiencing and with more bitter cold in the forecast, it’s crucial for customers to take precautions and prepare for whatever weather this storm may bring,” said Eversource Senior Vice President of Emergency Preparedness Peter Clarke. “It’s important to point out that driving conditions are predicted to be difficult – so traveling to damage locations will be challenging and hazard-level winds could temporarily prevent workers from going up in bucket trucks to restore power.”

Eversource officials are also reminding residents to re-stock a storm kit with essential items, like water, non-perishable food and pet food, and medical supplies.

Customers can report outages on Eversource's website here or by calling 800-286-2000.

To get ready for the snow, people said they've been stocking up on essentials just in case they lose power.

At Ace Hardware in East Hampton, Channel 3 spoke with the store's assistant manager.

He said the business ran out of generators. However, it has plenty of snow shovels, propane and pipe insulation.

In Marlborough, director of emergency management Greg Lowrey said his town is ready for anything.

Crews are prepared to pre-treat the roads and town leaders said they'll keep everyone up-to-date through their text alert system.

"This is not going to be a storm where folks can shelter in place without power for a day or two, we're looking at subzero temperatures," Lowrey said. "If folks lose power, they need to move from that location, find a warming center or find a neighbor."

Lowrey said it's also important to stock up in food and fuel.

Experts recommended slightly turning on the tap to prevent pipes from freezing.

They also said it's important to keep the house at the same temperature and insulate its pipes.

Stay with Channel 3 for continuing coverage of Winter Storm Brody.

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