Battling the Snow

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Public works crews have been struggling to clear side roads since early this morning, and they are dreading the week ahead knowing that more storms are in the forecast.


Snow can be pretty and can even be peaceful, but not when you have to drive or shovel it.

“Do you see the hill? I’ve been here my whole life you have to keep up with it. It’s very difficult,” said Chuck Mantiglia of Hamden.

Just yesterday “Chuckles” the groundhog suggested another six weeks of winter, but now it all seems a bit too ironic. Could it be that Connecticut’s prognosticator, Chuckles fore “shadowed” this?

“I want to strangle him. He needs to be choked. That’s it, he saw the wrong thing. He saw the wrong thing,” said Chuck.

Hamden has 15 routes to clear with just 15 trucks and their drivers are working 12 hours on, 12 hours off and still, this three car accident on Shepard Avenue is just one of many.

 “We’re out there trying to get the roads opened up. Unfortunately there’s a lot of fender benders which is hindering our production on the side roads,” said Jason Littlefield, Dispatcher at Hamden Public Works.

And with yesterday’s prediction, we have today’s storm and even more storms on the way according to the forecast.

“Well we’re not thrilled about it. It’s not going to be easy, but we’ll get through it. We know it’s coming so we can go out and pre-treat. We’ll have our plows on,” said Littlefield.

Mantiglia got out his big guns. He is trading in the shovel for the snow blower. After all, today is not the first time he will have to use it this week.

“I can’t wait I’m just all excited. I’m kidding I’m being sarcastic,” said Chuck. A little sarcasm to help get through a lot of work.

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