Shoreline towns prep for winter as first flakes fall

(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Thursday morning saw the first snowflakes of the season in many towns and cities across the state. For many, the peaceful snowfall was a reminder of what could be heading our way soon.

In Milford, the Public Works Department says they start planning for winter as far back as August. For now, the plows sit waiting in their garage, but should a major storm hit before the official start to winter, the city says they’re ready.

“Here in Milford we do have product, salt product, that’s a little leftover from last year. We have new product that’s on order. Our trucks are being run through and have been for quite some time now, run through the service department, getting ready,” said Bill Mayers, the Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Milford.

In East Haven this year they’ve got two new plow trucks to help plow the 90 miles of roads in town. Superintendent of Operations, Bobby Parente, says their trucks are maintained throughout the year.

“We designate Fridays just for our plow trucks. We’ve got two mechanics that work on them exclusively on Friday to get them ready in preparation for the winter to come. The snowflake today, the ground isn’t warm, nothing is gonna happen,” said Parente.

When the snow does finally accumulate Parente says they’ve got plenty of sand and salt mixture stock piles from last year and will call for more if this year does end up being a busy one.

“Last year we only had two significant storms so we are really ahead of the game. We do have some standing orders for salt and sand on a need be basis we get deliveries within a day after ordering it,” said Parente.

With several major storms walloping the the area within the past several years, crews everywhere say it is better to be prepared for the worst just in case.

“If we’re gonna get 35 events this year that means the salt usually runs a little short but we have a contingency plans for when that happens,” said Mayers.

The City of West Haven says they are ready as well with some leftover sand and salt from last year as well as plans to place orders for more next week. Mayor Ed O’Brien says crews have also been working on their plow trucks.

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