A message from Peter Neff, Director of Clinton's Department of Public Works:
Department Crews plan to return Sunday morning at 7:00am. Contractors will also return to work with the Department and continue the process of opening roads.
Plans are in the process to deal with the massive amount of snow in the Post Office Square area. And on our sidewalks.
We apologize to those residents who are on roads that have yet to be opened up. We will be in early Sunday morning with our contractors to work on the balance of roads that have not been opened.
During the middle of the storm we received about 4 inches of sleet mixed with rain. This was then covered by approximately 15 inches of snow. The temperature dropped and the layer of sleet became a layer of ice. Our plows are unable to break the layer of ice; therefore, we need to send a pay loader down the middle of every street and break up the middle of the road. Once that happens we can then use our plows to finish the job. There are close to 80 miles of road in Clinton. We have two department pay loaders and this morning we will have an additional five pay loaders supplied by private contractors.
Despite this being the worse storm and even exceeding that of 1978, some our citizens expect to be able to have all the roads done now. After the 1978 storm, it took over five days for the State and Municipalities to return to normalcy. Highways remain closed for several days and schools remained closed for the entire week by the order of the Governor.
We expect a return to normalcy by Tuesday or maybe even Monday. We believe that this is more than reasonable considering the magnitude of the storm. That is not to say that there still won’t be some sidewalks to do, parking lots to finish and roads that might need some additional work.