Another Historic Storm Hits Connecticut

Residents dig out but some roads remain impassable.

A familiar scene throughout Connecticut.
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Another Historic Storm Hits Connecticut
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Another Historic Storm Hits Connecticut

Last night, Governor Dannel Malloy briefed reporters as Connecticut continues to dig out from record amounts of snowfall. “Municipal officials and their employees are working very hard to clear the problems that exist," he said. "I know that people are impatient but I remind everyone that this is a record snowfall, the likes of which our state have never seen, or not seen since the 1880’s.”

The storm dumped as much as 40 inches of snow in parts of Connecticut. At least 7 deaths have been attributed to the storm in Connecticut. President Obama has declared an emergency in the state - which allows for federal dollars to go to work on cleanup efforts.

And the cleanup efforts have been slow going. In hard-hit New Haven county - snow plows couldn’t handle the weight of the snow, and many got stuck, leaving roads untouched until late yesterday. This morning, many communities are just starting to get their side streets back - and even major highways like I-84 have had their travel lanes cut down to allow for the mountains of snow pushed to the side.

And - to add insult, freezing rain and sleet is making travel difficult today, may add treacherous weight to feet of snow on roofs and can you beleive there may be another storm coming later this week?

We’ll hear about the impact on schools and municipal services....and we want to hear from you...tell us your blizzard stories. Are you dug out? How has response been?



Email from Robert

West Haven and new Haven each received 34", Milford 38": those are official measurements, and my own measurements in areas where there was no evidence of drifting corroborate those. The differences between what Hamden received compared to these other surrounding towns are inconsequential. We are all struggling and sore from shoveling. Now, with freezing rain and rain, it's made the job so much harder.

But let's also dispel a mythology that's being promulgated by callers-in. It's important to understand that rural areas are the EASIEST to plow. The biggest challenges are in cities like New Haven, and compact residential communities, like mine here in West Haven.

Also, that the highest snowfall amounts impacted one of the most densely populated parts of state should be the subject of some attention, now how rural communities, with small populations, fared.

In the Savin Rock area of West Haven, like much of the town, we have many one-way streets, multi-family houses, lots of cars. It's hard to gauge, but the city of West Haven seems not to have been adequately prepared for this. If "SeeClickFix" is any indication, many streets are still not cleared, and those that are, including mine, are so badly done that it's impossible to use them. These are challenges that rural communities do not face.