WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)- For once it was liquid water slowing down the morning commute. In some places, several inches of it. Whether you were behind the wheel…or on foot, you had to splash your way through. The trouble is the water has nowhere to go because of all the frozen water covering the storm drains.
“The snow piles and the depth of it are just too much,” according to Waterbury Public Works Director Dave Simpson. “It’s not as simple as a couple of shovelfuls. We’re out there with heavy equipment clearing those storm drains.”
Backhoes from Waterbury’s Public Works Department tried to clear as many of those drains as possible, but it’s a big job. Where they had not cleared them yet, there were big puddles.
[Herman Chapman\Waterbury] ((TC:8:13:38-:46)) “Some places it looks like it’s 3 or 4 inches deep. Especially over there,” said Waterbury resident Herman Chapman, dodging a puddle near the Waterbury green.
News8 watched Louis Parks concentrate carefully on stepping through one flooded intersection. He said his biggest fear is falling in.
“I was coming down the street and I almost fell in a puddle up to my knees,” Parks said.
With the city preparing for yet more snow, the Public Works department is worried about drowning in something else – red ink.
“We’ve gone out – last night was our 37th time and we’ve had 63 inches of snow. It’s been a big winter,” Simpson said.
A big bad winter, and more is coming, which means still more overtime for the public works guys who have to clear the streets.