Harp declares state of emergency for New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Wednesday night, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp told us the city was “over preparing” for the storm that was headed our way. It looks like that wasn’t enough.

Even though the storm played out as predicted, the mayor is asking for help from the state and federal governments and has declared a state of emergency.

The nasty Nor’Easter dumped just under ten inches of snow on New Haven and it’s not over yet. The mayor declared a snow emergency, calling on the national guard to come and pitch in.

“Why do we need help from the National Guard? Because we had so much snow. The fact that we didn’t call earlier for it means that we were prepared,” said Toni Harp, New Haven Mayor.

Rewinding 24 hours before the storm in the emergency operations meeting officials touted they were over prepared.

“We are over preparing in case the worst case scenario,”  Harp said yesterday.

But now the mayor is asking to bring in the national guard because “it has now been found that local resources are unable to cope with the effects of said emergency.”

“Well we are prepared but we don’t have all the equipment that we need,” said  Harp.

Residents living on the side streets in New Haven felt the effects of the snowstorm. One car is under snow and will take hours to dig out.

When asked how the side streets look, Ron Saunders, a New Haven resident said, “really bad. We got like a foot and a half. Some of the streets are jammed.

And there’s so much snow on the side streets even the plows are getting stuck. Adding to the mix, the city is low on salt.

“We are absolutely running low on product,” said Rick Fontana, Emergency Operations Director.

“The reality is it’s more snow than we normally have and because of the amount of snow and because of the length of the storm because we’ve had snowstorms every other day there’s already snow on the ground that had built up, so requires a lot more work and a lot more effort,”s aid Harp.

Officials say they have 221 miles of roadway to clear and they’re doing their best.

Meanwhile, the mayor says the city needs modern equipment that can handle the snow better .

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