New Haven officials monitoring storm from Emergency Operations Center

News 8 spoke with Rick Fontana, Deputy Director of New Haven's Emergency Operations Center, about the city's situation as the blizzard moves through (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — As the snow continues to come down across Connecticut, New Haven city officials are in the Emergency Operations Center monitoring the latest developments, and staying in touch with plow drivers across the city.

Rick Fontana, Deputy Director of Operations for New Haven’s Emergency Operations Center, gladly told News 8 that the city has not experienced any power outages yet.

“We had anticipated due to the high winds that we’d have a lot of power outages,” Fontana said. “UI is reporting no outages in the City of New Haven.”

Fontana also said that road conditions are a little different, as the blowing and drifting of snow is making it challenging for plow drivers.

“We’re seeing anywhere between from 8 to 12 inches, some of the drifts happen to be a foot and a half or so, but as the storm progresses we expect to see more of an accumulation,” said Fontana.

Road crews are focusing on the main roads in the city before attending to the smaller neighborhood streets.

“We have 37 crews out right now working the main arterials,” Fontana said. “We’ll move into the residential areas shortly after, but we want to make sure our hospitals have access, and making sure the main roads are taken care of first.”

Having cars off the road has been a great help to city plow drivers.

“[When] cars are off the road, it helps us get the job done,” Fontana said.

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