Crews remove snow from Norwich to prevent floodnig, widen roads

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Norwich city crews are working hard to clear snow from drains and culverts. With all the thawing going on, they’re trying to prevent flooding.

Snow piled up along the sides of many streets goes out into the road a few feet, not only does taking up parking spaces, but covering up storm drains. Removing that piled snow takes an army of public works crews and a coordinated effort.

“You’ll see actually white lines under them where parking areas were,” said Angelo Yeitz of Norwich Public Utilities. “We’re trying to open them up for the merchants.”

Tons and tons of ice and snow have been removed from downtown Norwich.

“I can’t come through here,” said Norwich resident Jose Pruett. “I got to bring my stroller. I got to jump over the stroller to the snow. I can’t do this anymore.”

Normally, contractors are used for this work, but not this year.

“We’re pretty much out of money,” said Yeitz. “We’re doing it all in house. We’re doing it all during normal hours.”

Even though the parking spaces are snow covered, folks still park on the street, making the road barely wide enough for two-way traffic.

“Really we’ve got to open it up for that reason, otherwise they’re so close that their bumping mirrors almost,” said Yeitz. “We really have to open up the parking areas.”

The storm drains also have to be opened so all the water from the snow melt doesn’t flood the streets.

“It’s just all come at once,” said Yeitz. “We’ve had long winters, but this is like, all of February has just been unbelievable.”

Not only does the snow removal open up the roads, but it also opens up the sidewalks. That’s important because the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will soon be coming through.

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