New Haven crews clean up snow after shoreline storm

(WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Julio Perez filled up his plow truck with fuel after two days of salting, sanding, and clearing the roads in New Haven.

“It was really bad,” said Perez. “Low visibility, it was tough it wasn’t easy.”

Saturday snow pounded the Connecticut coastline dumping a sheet of white all over the ground so thick that by Sunday there were some roads that still needed cleaning in the Elm city. Julio was one of 50 snow plow drivers assigned there to help clear away the mess. He says he alone spent 22 hours in all behind he wheel.

“I’m very tired,” said Perez.

Julio wasn’t the only one feeling fatigued. As crews battled the storm outside inside at the New Haven emergency operations center, jobs were also still being done Sunday evening. Among those making sure roadways were passable once again was director of emergency operations, Rick Fontana. When News 8 stopped by Fontnana was coordinating with crews while at the same time watching the action unfold on monitors above.

“We have school tomorrow,” said Fontana. “We have 56 schools and 20,000 kids that need to get to school so we need to make sure that everything is ready to go for the school system tomorrow and it will be.”

Fontana adds city residents helped significantly with the clean up process by moving their cars off the roadways.

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