New Haven locals give city crews a thumbs-up for snowstorm cleanup

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–This year, the city of New Haven had more to work with to clean up the snow.

Eight new trucks where added to its snow force this winter including a ten-foot wide snow blower. Plus blue lights to alert people of a parking ban at intersections in the downtown area.

“I remember 2012 storm that was hectic. I did not see the street cleaned for a whole week,” said Jennette Alvarado. “This time it went pretty good.”

The city had 45 trucks on the roads, handling over 220 miles of roadway service with multiple sweeps of streets. News 8 received complaints about an area of Whalley Avenue, citing the sidewalks were not cleared and unsafe. But when we arrived the sidewalks looked good. Still, some locals we ran into think the city could’ve done a better job.

“Certain spots are really bad, mainly the hills,” said Victor Cruz. “It’s really bad because today I had to drive through there and it was scary. I almost crashed.”

A driver lost control and hit Donnel Wilfong’s car.

“When he came down the road and and it was boom boom boom,” said Donnell Wilfong.

Donnell told News 8 that city crews didn’t do a good job removing snow on Dover street. “It’s horrible. I have to pay for damages now because someone side-swiped the side of my car,” he said.

“My concern is about the hills. That my most concern,” said Victor Cruz. “I work in areas where there’s a lot of hills and it’s really scary going down the hills.”

Other than a few trouble spots. Neighbors say the city did a better job this year than in the past.

“They did the best they could,” said Herline Washington.

“I think a lot of home owners and regular people, I think they took their time to get it done this year,” said Antoine Snipes. “I think with the advance warning I think a lot of people were really ready to make sure that things were cleaned up properly.”

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