Major Storm Clean-Up Operations Completed in New Haven
(New Haven, CT) After nine days of around the clock work, the City of New Haven’s major snow removal effort is now completed. Since Friday, February 8th, the City’s Department of Public Work crews have been at work 24 hours a day, split in two 12-hour daily shifts. The blizzard of February 8th and 9th dropped a record 34 inches of snow on New Haven in less than 24 hours and, according to the Grey Wall software company, left 816,158,181pounds of snow on the 225 miles of paved roads in New Haven.
Removing this much snow necessitated that the City secure double the amount of machinery it usually has—or needs—for snow removal. To date, costs associated with the storm clean up in New Haven are tallied at 1.6 million and include contractor costs, equipment costs and employee overtime. Because the President declared Connecticut a disaster area, the City will be eligible to receive up to 75% reimbursement from FEMA for qualifying storm clean up costs.
All parking bans in New Haven have ended, but residents are urged to use common sense when parking their vehicles on the street. On any street, if a vehicle is blocking the passage of an emergency vehicle, they will be towed. “This is not an issue of convenience, this is an issue of public safety,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.
Garbage pick-up, which was suspended last week as all Public Works employees were needed for the storm cleanup effort, will resume on Tuesday, February 19th. This week’s garbage pick-up will be on a holiday schedule due to Monday’s holiday, which simply means that garbage pick-up day will be delayed by one day.
New Haven Public Schools will also re-open tomorrow, Tuesday, February 19th.