Blizzard Update – Sunday Afternoon (2/10/2013), 4:30 PM

Posted by Bob on February 10, 2013 under Daily Blogs | 25 Comments to Read

The Borough has made significant progress clearing the streets and neighborhoods referenced during the 12:00 Noon call.  Additional private contractors and state resources have arrived and are expected to arrive tonight (2/10/2013) and early morning (2/11/2013).  Currently there are three (3) private contractors and one (1) crew from the Town of Ridgefield, which are joining Borough personnel, all with heavy equipment.  We expect four (4) additional contractors and two (2) crews from Middlebury to join us by the morning (2/11/2013).  We have requested National Guard assistance on Saturday (2/9/2013), and are expecting to receive equipment and personnel from the National Guard later this evening (2/10/2013). Regular plowing and sanding crews are prepared to respond to any freezing rain that falls in the morning (2/11/2013).

We should see plowing and clearing efforts begin in all neighborhoods by tomorrow morning (2/11/2013) at the latest.  While we can not provide residents with exact times when their respective road will be cleared, we should have the resources and equipment to make serious progress throughout the night (2/10/2013) and into the morning (2/11/2013).

Naugatuck Schools will be closed on Monday (2/11/2013).  School officials have been monitoring the amount of snow accumulated on school roofs throughout the weekend.

Town hall, the Naugatuck Senior Center, and all other non-emergency management departments will be closed tomorrow (2/11/2013) in the Borough.  Governor Malloy has advised all non-essential state employees not to report to work on Monday (2/11/2013).

There will be no regular trash or recycling collection on Monday (2/11/2013).  At the current time, all regular trash and recycling days will be pushed back one day for this week only.

The local state of emergency will be extended through 12:00 Noon on Wednesday (2/13/2013).  Naugatuck’s Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”) will remains activated at the Naugatuck Fire Station.

  • Thankful on Seth Drive said,

    Very grateful to our neighbors on Seth Drive. We had an early morning emergency and were told that we would have our road cleared by 9am. At 2 pm and after 2 plows drove by nearby streets, each person with a snow blower helped to clear the streets. After 2 hrs, our street is finally clear. Even those neighbors who were unable to help for whatever reason had their driveways cleared so they could get their cars out. While I know nobody wants to be stuck in the house, it was a wonderful gesture by all involved and I am very grateful. Thank you all again!

    Also, I don’t understand why so many people are blaming the Mayor. His street is not even plowed! He is doing the best he can and I know that if more could be done he would do it. Our borough is system of networks which all operate independently. If the mayor could do more, he would I am sure!

  • Chris said,

    Thanks for the update, Bob, I’m sure many will join me in gratitude knowing that additional resources have been acquired to get us through this mess!

  • Kevin Boutot said,

    Horizon homes.needs serious help. We are locked in and no way out. We are in building 21. We haven’t any snow removal equipment in 2 days. There are at least 50 cars that can’t move and won’t for a week if they don’t do something soon. Not sure why there not clearing this part of the complex.

  • David Anderson said,

    I believe that eveyone is doing the best that they can. I did just hear that a payloader is stuck on Celantano Dr. It is next to impossible to get a piece of equipment such as that stuck in snow.So I would guess that clean up efforts in the ridge area have come to a grinding halt. Towns up north do way more with way less equipment. I think that the borough needs to evaluate this thoroughly.

  • Does it matter said,

    Union city forgotten again; Stanley st and Acushnet st have not seen a plow, woodbine an golden hill have one lane cleared by someone who lives there.

    Regular sanding and plowing crews will do no good in this case!
    Public works was here at 230 am with a payloader; so you know the issue!!

    Real nice when the 2 of them look at each other and say “oh those people are screwed” and leave

  • jblizzard said,

    What a failure. Plow trucks gave up mid storm. Storm was over Saturday and it’s Sunday night still waiting to see plow trucks. I think it’s time for a new mayor.

  • John said,

    We are open and operable in the Indian Hills North Atea. One to one and a half lanes open. That is all I expect untill all areas have at least some access. The loader driver did a good job of not burying us since our driveway was all cleared and mented to the pavement by the time they got here. We also did about 2 feet into the road by hand to make it a little easier. The loader way followed by a small plow to do mop up and help in keeping the drive ways cleared. As usual the employees did a good job. Unfortunately it is management that is lacking. Obviously there was no plan in place to handle this. The communication has been poor at best. I’m sure it hasn’t been any better between management and employees. Our street was started last night and abadondoned before finished due to darkness. Then they did the south end of the steeet about 1000 leaving the middle unplowed. They said they had forgotten they had not finished the street. Sad at best. Thank God for incompetence, for with out it our leaders would have no competence at all.

  • Javier R. said,

    Folks,
    It’s easy to blame one person but what happened with this storm was unprecedented. Unless you are ready to pay a lot more in property taxes to purchase additional equipment, tie your shoe laces and help out. We are all in this together and have to dig our way out (literally) of this mess. Help out a neighbor, widen your road just a little bit if you have a snow blower, check on the elderly, ect. After we get this mess behind us, lets get together and have a review of what went wrong and what should be done next time around. We are not a community of whiners Naugatuck. Lets get it done!

  • Samantha said,

    John…please turn on the news…every local town is having the same problems …Quit your bellyaching and be happy that your road is plowed!!!

  • Mike g said,

    The town did one swipe up in morning mist roads tonight like a hour ago and I don’t hear them anymore did they leave and r they coming back to finish

  • Bob said,

    A contractor with equipment is still assigned to that neighborhood.

  • John said,

    Samantha … Obviously you have never worked emergency management or you would know how badly lacking management’s plans are.

  • omar said,

    Bob, i live in Tyler hill road, do you have an idea when We will have our street clean

  • Bob said,

    Hi Omar:

    It might not be until we get more contractors in the early morning. Thanks for letting us now.

  • John said,

    Bob
    Good to see you are working the blog or have assigned someone to it and having info for people. Emergencies are not fun, but a plan and the ability to communicate it is key to success. It looks like the plan is coming together and info is now starting to flow.

  • Bob said,

    Hi John:

    No one writes for me on my blog. There are many different ways that people communicate electronically, and it is difficult to respond to all of them simultaneously. I did not realize that there were so many comments on my blog yesterday (2/9/2013). Many questions have been asked and answered in other forums. There seem to be many anonymous comments here by folks really not looking to create there own narrative about the realities of this blizzard. It is my personal blog, but I know people like to vent during times like these and do not moderate comments (unless they are obscene or libelous toward others).

    Hope you are well.

  • John said,

    I am out of state monday and tuesday but if you need help after that on reviewing things just ask. How are the plans for flooding coming? Rain by 1000 tomorrow and all the drains are going to be blocked even on plowed streets. You may want to put something in the AM code red asking people to help out and clear the drains in front of their house, have sump pumps tested and ready to go so the fire department doesn’t have to pump cellars. Stay ahead on that one and the clamor will die down. People just want info so they can plan their best options.

  • Bob said,

    Good idea on the Code Red. We will be attempting to clear some with Public Works personnel. Clamor is part of life. The key is filtering the good ideas from the noise and frustration. You make some good suggestions. This is not our first time dealing with various disasters, and we learn from each response. Each one, however, presents different dynamics and challenges.

    Thanks again.

  • Michele said,

    Round Hill CIRCLE has not been plowed as was reported on code red. Round Hill Road was plowed last evening. We are still waiting for plows. There are 5 homes on our road 1 has an infant 1 mo old, and 2 homes have elderly residents over 80 years of age. I know that you cannot put us ahead of other residents also in need, but the report that we have been plowed is incorrect and I fear that we will be lost in the plan for plowing.

  • Bob said,

    We are aware of Round Hill Circle. That was my mistake on the Code Red earlier. I responded to your email directly just a bit ago. Thanks again, Michele.

  • Michele said,

    Thank you Bob. There is so much to be done, I just wanted to make sure you knew.

  • doug said,

    Happy to report one-way Gorman mostly passable thanks ONLY to magnificant and cooperative effort by many residents with back breaking shoveling and wrestling their own snow blowers around. Not happy at all to report that the nasty pile across the road left Saturday night by the “”Little Borough Plow That Couldn’t” is still there. Malloy said earlier that any piles of snow that are where they shouldn’t be, that get a dose of freezing rain are going to be like Jersey Barriers. Good luck with this one guys. Got the Beacon Falls update, 100% of their roads have been made passable, It was mentioned that some nearby towns only have 60-70% roads passable “at best”. I guess that’s us.

  • Melbourne St Resident said,

    MR MAYOR

    NOT ONE PLOW ON MELBOURNE ST EXCUSE ME DPW CLEARED MELBOURNE ST TO MELBOURNE PL THE STREET BY DPW TO MELBOURNE PL STOPPED AT CONDO ENTRANCE ON MELBOURNE ST SO FROM THERE TO ANDREW MT NOTHING CITZENS CLEANED WITH SNOWBLOWERS AND SHOVELS !!!!! PLEASE ADVISE DPW AND CONTRACTORS NOT TO BLOCK CLEARED DRIVEWAYS WHILE WIDENING STREETS.WHAT IS THE LOGIC TO THE STREET ASSIGNMENTS TO CLEAR STREET THE STREETS LISTINGS ARE VERY WIDE SPREAD?

    IF THIS IS NOT PROOF ALONG WITH OTHER EMERGENCIES/DISASTERS WE HAVE RECENTLY EXPERIENCED(SANDY),(REP)CONGRESS HOLDING UP AID THERE ARE DISTRESSED FOLKS STILL WAITING ON AID FROM THE FED WE ARE SCREWED BE SELF SUFFICENT AS POSSIBLE !!!!!!! I BET AL & MS GET AID ASAP AFTER THE TORNADOS THEY HAD YESTERDAY

    THANKS FOR SHOWING UP TO RESPOND MR MAYOR!!! YOUR BLOG WENT DOWN MID AFTERNOON YESTERDAY NO UPDATE BEFORE OR UP TO THEN YES I AM FRUSTRATED AND DISAPPOINTED IN LACK OF COMMUNCIATION FROM YOUR ADMINSITRATION & DPW. I HAD A ISSUE WITH MY TRASH/RECYCLING BEING PICKED UPA FEW MONTHS AGO I CALL DPW SPOKE WITH A SUPERVISOR ASKED IF SHE COULD COME BY AND DISCUSS MY SITUATION ( I LIVE AROUND THE CORNER FROM DPW) THIS WAS NOT AN OPTION FOR HER . HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHY THIS SUPERVISOR FOR DPW WOULD NOT COME OUT TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON WITH TAX PAYING CITZEN TO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE. TO RESOLVE?

  • Nelson Aviz said,

    I understand you guys are busy.Grove St.and it’s surrounding streets have not been touched.At least make a pass and open it up,so the people have a chance in case of an emergence.Come on now enough is enough….REALLY!!!

  • roB said,

    well call agian code red tell us how good your doing.

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