A message from Peter Neff, director of the town's Department of Public Works:
DPW Crews with the assistance of local contractors continue to work on making intersections safe and complete additional clearing of Town roads. Unfortunately a quick ice storm this morning delayed our work plan for several hours as we addressed ice covered roads.
Today we have started to address the needs of our elderly and disabled by assisting them at the direction of the First Selectman. A significant number of private snow removal companies notified their customers that there was nothing they could do to help them. This left a number of our most vulnerable residents without access to vital services such as visiting nurse services, lack of heat, home health care aides and dialysis. Crews were dispatched to help assure that services were provided in these situations. This work will continue tomorrow.
First Student will begin trial runs on the bus routes tomorrow morning. This will give us a good idea on the ability of the buses to run their routes in preparation for the eventual opening of school. Issues that arises during the trial runs will be addressed as soon as practical.
Tonight at 8pm we will continue the snow removal from the center of Town. As a reminder, the center of the Town will be closed to traffic from 8pm to approximately 1am. Please avoid the area if at all possible.
As we continue to push the snow back to the edges of the road we are forced to once again place snow at the end of your driveways and walkways. The Town must clear the roads as much as possible to make sure that there is room to remove additional snow from the road if another storm should occur. We realize that this is upsetting to many but we have little choice in light of the latest weather forecasts. Once again we would like to thank all the residents for their understanding and patience during this major storm.