City of New Haven preparing for winter, new equipment to help residents

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — 49 days and counting until the official start of winter. Officials in the Elm City meeting on Wednesday to start planning ahead.

“It’s kind of a dry run. It gives us a little tune-up before winter hits,” said Rick Fontana, emergency management deputy director.

This is New England after all so it’s never to soon to start having the conversation. Rewind to this time of year back in 2011 and 2012 which is when we saw back-to-back storms dump quite a bit of snow on the state. Not to mention we saw our first snowfall of the season just last week.

“We’re told it’s going to be a colder winter and more snowfall than normal and so we need to be prepared for that,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

The City of New Haven has new equipment they’ll be using this year, especially when big storms hit.

“We have an additional 10 foot snow blower so that gives us two,” said Fontana. “One will be in the residential areas based on need. The other in the downtown area.”

Clearing the snow in the Elm City is no easy task since there are more than 200 miles worth of roads.

In the past reports would come in about the roads that were blocked or not plowed. The calls would be documented by hand and then put in a pile. That’s been upgraded to an interactive map which gives real time reports. Showing crews the parts of the city that need to be cleared in real time.

“Some people have complained that we don’t always get to their streets so we know when we’ve completed a street we can get to the next street so that helps us become far more efficient than we’ve ever been,” said Mayor Harp.

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