The city of Hartford geared up for whatever Winter Storm Elsa was going to bring on Wednesday, but they needed cooperation from thousands of residents to keep the city as safe as possible.
A parking ban went into effect at noon on Wednesday, and drivers were urged to move their cars, as it will help emergency responders and, you’ll be towed if you don’t. The ban lasts until noon on Thursday.
On Wednesday Hartford's Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley posted a photo of tow trucks on Twitter lined up before heading out into the city.
HPD Traffic Division conducting random Tow Truck inspection prior to departure on High St. pic.twitter.com/IOrz1HR8m1— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) March 7, 2018
"This is going to be a challenging storm because it’s going to be a long duration," Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said Tuesday.
Residents were asked to move their cars to one of the 11 blue light lots, or 15 of the city parks and center lots, or any public school lot.
The Department of Public Works will have about 100 men and women working the storm. Thirty trucks will remove snow from all six districts of Hartford.
Mayor Bronin says dealing with this type of storm is truly a team effort.
"The teams going to be putting material out in advance and then they’re gonna be plowing through the storm to stay ahead of the storm. So they are going to have some long hours and a long night ahead of them," Bronin said on Tuesday night.
For more information on the city's parking ban protocol, click here.
Hartford Superintendent of Public Works Vernon Matthews said "The timing. The timing is always a big problem. We’ll probably be running all night just to keep up because we’re looking at about 1 to 3 inches per hour this afternoon into the late evening."
For updates on Winter Storm Elsa, click here.
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