Important Storm Clean-Up Update|
This storm dropped 34 inches in New Haven in a 24 hour period. To put this in perspective, that is more snow than fell during the Blizzard of 1978. Remember that crazy winter two years ago that brought us large storms on pretty much a weekly basis? 51 inches of snow fell in the New Haven area in January 2011. 34 inches of snow is almost 70% of what fell in January 2011. Except this fell in 24 hours.
Such a significant amount of snow fell in such a short time, that even the City’s plows were getting stuck. As of 2:30 am on Saturday morning, the National Guard joined New Haven's storm clean up efforts and even one of their Humvees got stuck. We have to use payloaders to clear the streets enough that the plows can get by.
The priority areas to be cleared first are the streets around hospitals, then the main arterial roads. The New Haven Fire Department is directing this operation, ensuring that there are access routes into all areas of the City. While you may not have seen a plow, they have been working non-stop since yesterday--with the exception of a few hours last night due to white out conditions. They will continue to work around the clock until all the snow is cleared.
There is a massive amount of snow to move. It could be at least a couple days until side streets are reached. The travel ban for New Haven will remain in place throughout the day tomorrow, Sunday, February 10th. Schools will remain closed on Monday, February 11th. We will have updated information for you tomorrow.
We are encouraging residents to sign up for the City of New Haven's emergency updates at http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/EmergencyInfo/optin.asp You can sign up to receive email or pre-recorded phone updates.
Important Information for Residents:
• We have seen an increase in carbon monoxide incidents throughout the City. PLEASE clear any snow from exterior vents to prevent carbon monoxide build-up within your home.
• Call 911 for emergencies only.
• Report all non-emergency storm related issues to the City’s Emergency Operations Center at 203-946-8221.
• Schools will remain closed on Monday, February 11th
• The travel ban in New Haven will remain in effect throughout the day tomorrow
• As you begin to shovel out your property, please clear snow from fire hydrants located near your property and if your sidewalk includes a curb ramp (at a street intersection), please shovel that so the sidewalk is passable for wheelchair use.