Roads remain unplowed in Connecticut

© Many Connecticut residents are snowed in after Blizzard Charlotte including people on Eldridge Street in Manchester.

Many Connecticut residents complained that they were snowbound on their own streets Saturday night after snowfall left by Blizzard Charlotte.

Manchester residents on Eldridge Street told Eyewitness News that there was no way out and even town plows got stuck trying to clear their road.

"Well I've seen it before my lifetime," said Joe Allard of Manchester. "I don't have to like it, just have to clean up. It'll be gone soon anyway."

People were worried about emergency vehicles getting on the road for fires and medical conditions.

Residents said there were older people on their street and they were concerned that they would not be able to get help.

"We help each other out," Allard said.

Plows have not returned to Eldridge Street.

Contractors ready for action

Out-of-state crews from Texas, Michigan and Oregon, who were staying at hotels in Enfield were prepared to go to work.

"These guys have been chomping at the bit all morning, so they're ready to go," said Steven Dubois, who is a contractor from Michigan.

Their trucks were immobilized by 2 feet of snow and that same snow blanketed highways, which made them impassable.

"A lot of trucks and cars stuck in the highways made it darn near impossible to get to the work locations," Dubois said.

There are about 35,000 customers without power, but power has been restored to 15,000 people.

As of 7:30 p.m., there were 34,253 Connecticut Light and Power customers without power and 183 United Illuminating customers without power.

"We're primarily down by the shoreline is where most of the damage is so that's where they're mobilizing crews, down closer to the shoreline," Dubois said.

Residents continue to shovel out

Blizzard Charlotte caused several residents of the northwest corner to spend Saturday digging themselves out.

Taurean Jenkins of Torrington tried to dig out his car, but couldn't. He was forced to leave his car in the parking lot Saturday evening.

"I am going to take a break," said Eric Hitchcock. "It's rough."

Many of the businesses and restaurants were closed in downtown Torrington.

"Mother Nature did her job," said Ida Ausanisar, who is the owner of Ida's Bridal Shop on Main Street.

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