Town by town blizzard update

A Newtown plow truck out clearing the roads (WTNH / Report-It / Krissy)

(WTNH) — We will be posting updates on the roads, any power outages and anything else you need to know from each town in the state. Most recent updates at top.

— According to Public Works, conditions are slippery with the rain freezing over the snow. Even when the travel ban is lifted, it would wise for people to stay off the roads.

According to Public Works, there were power outages on Towner Lane, but they did not affect many houses. The power is still out. Otherwise, cars have stayed off the road and there have been no car accidents.

milford flooding 2 Town by town blizzard update
 After watching the high tide from 1-1:30 p.m., Milford Public Works Foreman Thomas Hunt said they’re experiencing flooding. He estimates two-to-three feet of water on the roadways in the  Bayview/Point Beach area  and off East Broad Street around the Silver Sands area. “Tide is getting pretty high,” he said.  The Fire department is considering sounding sirens to alert people to move to higher ground.

—  According to James Anderson of the Storm Engine Company, there have not been many calls to respond to today. He said there was a call about trees taking some power lines down, but the situation has since been resolved. He said each Derby firehouse is fully staffed and ready to go.

–Things are slow in Prospect, which is good news for Assistant Director of Public Works, Eugene McCarthy. He said there have been no accidents, no power outages and no trees down. They have 15 plows roaming the streets, but have about 11 inches of snow on the ground already. He said the road might not be fully cleared off until noon tomorrow.

New Haven
— New Haven according to Deputy Director of Operations Rick Fontana said there have been four accidents, three involving cars and one involving a snowmobile, but all were minor. He said some ambulances were stuck when responding to calls, but was  able to get to where it was headed. He said there is one reported power outage in the city. He said otherwise it has been a slow day for police and fire. The parking ban, travel ban and Yale being off this week have led to empty streets in the Elm City, according to Fontana. “We have 27 downtown cameras in place and its hard to find a car,” he said. Fontana said 93 cars were towed and motorists can get their cars back after paying their ticket, but are encouraged to pick up their cars tomorrow. He said they have 65 plows in the city.



Highway Foreman Thomas Hunt said that they are concerned about flooding. They’re going to watch the tides between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The tide has so far come up, but they haven’t seen the storm surge. The Department of Public Works, along with Milford Police and Fire, responded to a large tree limb that has taken down wires on Wilson Street. They are still at the scene now.

 “No news is good news,” said Seymour Deputy Chief Paul Satkowski. He said they’ve had no accidents and things are going pretty well. He said there have been power surges, but the power comes back on shortly. He said they have a full shift of officers today.

— The Town of Branford Police Department put out an alert for residents. Here’s some information for Branford residents:

  • – Parking: no parking on the even side of the roadway during and for 24 hours after snowfall
    – Sidewalks: responsibility of owner, tenant, occupant, or any person caring for the land or building to clear them following the storm
    – Emergency shelter: If sheltering is required due to extended power outages the town will activate an emergency shelter at the Branford Community House located at 46 Church Street. Contact 203-315-3909 for pre-recorded information and to determine if the shelter is open.
    – Trash pick up: Curbside collection of trash and recycling scheduled for Tuesday morning should have been collected as normal. However, collection scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday will be delayed one day.

Trash collection schedule is operating on a one-day delay, according to town website.

Trash collection schedule is operating on a one-day delay, according to town website.

— Trash collection schedule is operating on a one-day delay, according to town website.


–Trash collection schedule is operating on a one-day delay, according to town website.

Rubbish/Recycling pickup delayed TWO days:  Tuesday pickup will be on Thursday, Wednesday pickup will be on Friday and Thursday pickup will be on Saturday, according to town website.

Statement from Yale New Haven Hospital spokesperson
 “Emergency departments are open 24/7, fully staffed and ready to handle any and all emergencies. People looking for shelter are reminded to utilize the city of New Haven’s official warming centers and storm centers as our ED is not an official warming center. We’d prefer those seeking shelter use the city shelters first and primarily so we can make sure all our resources are for those patients requiring medical assistance. No specific injuries yet, prepared for a possible increase in injuries later as people start trying to dig out. People looking for specific clinic closures should check either our website and or social media platforms.”

Statement from Hartford HealthCare
Hartford HealthCare’s emergency management team has been monitoring the situation since Sunday and making preparations. We have made sleeping arrangements for staff at all our hospitals, so we have sufficient staff to operate effectively, meet our patients’ needs and ensure staff safety. We conduct drills and have protocols for just these types of situations, so we can be well prepared whenever there is a severe storm or other emergency situation. This includes hospitals, behavioral health, home care, rehab, outpatient care, primary cars and specialty care. Nearly all our offsite locations were closed today but all our hospitals are open.

Police Chief Kevin Hale said the biggest challenge today has been keeping up with the parking ban. He estimates they’ve towed a dozen cars so far, but that’s after officers went door-to-door last night to talk with people directly about moving their cars.

Beacon Falls
Public Works Assistant Foreman Jamie Gracy said that roads in Beacon Falls are currently treated and passable as of 7:30 a.m. Residents have been staying off the roads. While the town’s Emergency Operations Center is open all day, he warns that some emergencies may have to be prioritized going forward as conditions worsen. The Emergency Operations Center phone number is 203-759-5420 and Beacon Hose Co. #1 on Facebook will have updates.

Volunteer Fire Department said they haven’t responded to any incidents yet this morning and that “everyone has been pretty good about staying indoors.”

Public Works Director George Noewatne says Cheshire’s 14 large dump trucks and 6 regular plow trucks hit the roads at 2 a.m. this morning. Noewante says “people have been pretty respectful” of the travel ban.

Deep River
Public Works Highway Garage says roads are clean as they brace for further snow and no incidents to report yet.

East Haven
Director of Public Services Kevin White said the roads are pretty good, and conditions have not been as bad as expected. He said flooding is a secondary issue, but they will monitor it if it becomes a problem. They have 15 plows out and they have hit all the main roads and all the secondary roads, too according to White. He said no cars have been towed.

East Lyme
— East Lyme
Department of Public Works Director Joe Bragaw said that his crew got to work around 3:30 a.m. and are working 15 plow routes as well as clearing parking lots. They’ve seen very few cars on the road, whether they are parked, or traveling.

Public Works Department asks residents to keep cars off road. This morning, the department says that “quite a few” cars have been traveling on roads despite the travel ban.

— Hamden Fire Department is out on their second call of the morning. This time, it’s a medical call unrelated to the weather, said Hamden Fire Chief David Berardesca. Because of the conditions of the roads, the fire department is traveling to any scenes with the Department of Public Works, but they expect response times to be slower than usual. Residents in town can take advantage of Hamden’s warming centers, if needed, although Chief Berardesca said he hasn’t seen anyone stop by yet.

  • Warming Centers
    Police Department – 2900 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518
    Fire Station 2 – 71 Circular Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
    Fire Station 3 – 441 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT 06517
    Fire Station 4 – 2372 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518
    Fire Station 5 – 2993 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518
    Fire Station 9 – 245 Johnson Road, Hamden, CT 06518

Seven plows out, full sized trucks, and three small support trucks are out, according to Highway Foreman Jay Tuttle. He said they’ve extended their parking ban to 48 hours after the blizzard ends, as opposed to the normal 12 hours. He said no cars have been towed and there are no reports of trees falling.

According to Public Works Director, Raz Alexe, no car accidents or power outages have been reported. He said there were about “a dozen,” cars on the road this morning. He said they will have 11 plows hitting the streets today, and two additional spare plows.

Robert Food Center general manager Zach Fusco said they will be closed today. He said they were incredibly busy all day yesterday as people were preparing for the storm. They will be open Wednesday at 8 a.m. Robert Food Center,
Middlesex Hospital Ugentcare on 146 Samson Road and Middlesex Primary Care on 1291 Boston Post Road, are closed.

No accidents or power outages reported according to the police department. According to public works they have 37 plows out on the street and Field Services superintendent Ken Longo said the travel ban has been great and  no ones out on the roads.

 People in town are staying off the roads, even the good people who staff the local Dunkin’ Donuts. “Most things are closed,” said Darlene Crowley, of Public Works, “Can’t even get a cup of coffee.” She said they have large regular plows and two large dump trucks to do facilities. Public Works Director John Jones said there have been no reports of accidents or trees down. He said if a tree does fall, call 860-295-6229. Meanwhile, Marlborough Medical Center, is fully staffed and has paramedics if needed, according to Dr. Mario Capeuzzi. He said they currently have no patients, but are prepared for a long night if accidents occur. “We’re  ready to stay in late, maybe two shifts or more if needed,” he said.

— Tweet regarding towed cars.


Per the Middletown website, there will not be trash or recyclables today and possibly Wednesday. Carts must be dug out of the snow and not placed on top of snow banks.

Nine contractors and 15 big trucks are currently out clearing the streets of Milford according to Highway Foreman Thomas Hunt. He said no trees have gone down, but in the event that one does to call 203-783-3296. He said cars have not been on the roads, making it easy for the plows to do their work. Most businesses are also closed, according to Hunt.

The Town Hall office, Senior Center, Library and food pantry are all closed today. According to Public Works, 17 staff workers and two contractors are out plowing the roads. No reports of accidents or trees down. There are not many cars on the road and only a handful of shops open, but most will close around 1 p.m.

West Hartford
Snowfall update


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