New Haven Residents Urged to Stay Home, Stay Off the Roads
(2/10/2013) (New Haven, CT). The City of New Haven is letting residents know that in order to ensure public safety and ensure that snow removal goes as quickly as possible, they need to stay off the roads.
Removing snow from the historic storm is not as simple as plowing. There is such a massive amount of snow that heavy machinery must be used to move the snow before normal plowing can occur. Then, the City has to begin to task of removing tons snow off City streets and to locations that won’t impede traffic.
“Stay home, stay off the roads and stay safe so we can clean up our City and ensure public safety while we do it,” said Mayor DeStefano. New Haven City Hall, New Haven Public Schools, the Library, Senior Centers, Yale University and Gateway Community College are all closed tomorrow, Monday, February 11th.
The Mayor said he understands that residents want to get out of their houses, but reiterated that public safety and snow removal must come first. Abandoned cars—left by residents who thought that roads were passable but ended up getting stuck—are scattered across the City, impeding snow removal efforts. The City wants residents to know that any cars that are abandoned or parked so that they are obstructing the road will be towed so that snow removal can continue.
In addition to the travel ban, the parking bans that were put in place Friday have been extended until at least the end of the day on Monday. The free and discounted downtown parking lots and garages made available due to the parking ban have also been extended to the end of the day Monday.
Residents can sign up to receive automatic storm updates (via email or reverse 911 call) by going to http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/EmergencyInfo/optin.asp
Residents can also call 203-946-SNOW (7669) to hear the latest pre-recorded storm update.