HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The snow and ice came down Wednesday in full force. In in some cases, it was just too much for snow plows and really anyone dealing with it.
The snow was overwhelming.
People struggled as they cleared sidewalks and driveways with shovels that seemed no match for the snow.
“It’s very heavy. It’s like concrete. Yeah it’s very solid,” said one man.
Denise Rivera’s cars are plowed in. She has been trying for seven hours to dig them out.
“Since this morning, at 11 o’clock in the morning, I have been trying to do this but I couldn’t because it was so so heavy and my back was hurting,” said Rivera.
On some streets, like one in Bridgeport, vehicles plowed in will have a tough time getting out. But in Hamden, some were even worse off.
In the evening, a plow truck still hadn’t been anywhere near a Hamden street. But, tire tracks showed that people still needed to get around. So what did they do, they took matters into their own hands.
“My husband and his friends have been our with his snow blowers doing the street a little bit so we could get out,” said Kathleen Bastian.
Several streets in Hamden left completely untouched by the town’s plows.
“I don’t know whats going on. I talked to my sister she seems to think the truck broke down the plow. I don’t know if that is true or not,” said Bastian.
Hamden public works says that’s exactly what happened. They say the snow was brutal on their equipment and at least four trucks broke down leaving people who live on the streets like to fend for themselves.
“You know I got a high car but a lot of people on this street here got small cars and low cars and they can’t go no where,” said Alfred Patrillo.