Blizzard Colbie Update – Tuesday (1/27/2015)

Naugatuck crews and contractors are currently plowing Borough streets and will remain doing so throughout the afternoon and evening.  Current weather forecasts indicate that the brunt of the storm will end around Noon today (1/27/2015), but light snow will linger into the afternoon.  Blowing snow drifts and cold air will remain throughout the day.

Traveling remains dangerous on many streets and roads throughout Naugatuck.  While we expect that all Borough roads will be passable by this evening (1/27/2015), we urge all motorists to exercise the highest degree of caution while traveling.  Those driving should be on a heightened sense of awareness for pedestrians and children playing in the snow.

Please comply with all requirements of the Naugatuck parking ban.   It is critical that our plows and public safety vehicles have unimpeded access through all streets.  Police officers have already ticketed several vehicles, and have been forced to have a limited number of cars towed.  A list of exempted streets is available on the Borough’s website at www.naugatuck-ct.gov.

Once the snow stops, we ask property owners to begin clearing their respective sidewalks for safe passage.  This is required by our Charter.

Residents with emergency situations should contact 911 for assistance.  Non-emergency, storm-related calls can be directed to the Department of Public Works at 203-720-7071; but please do not use this number to inquire when particular roads will be plowed.  Emails may be sent to publicworks@naugatuck-ct.gov .    Once all roads are passible, our crews and contractors will begin to widen streets and intersections.

Snow removal will take place during the overnight in Union City and Downtown Naugatuck during the next two days.

Trash and recycling collection have been pushed back one day at this point. Regular Tuesday collection will be Wednesday, Wednesday collection Thursday, and so forth for the rest of the week.  Any further changes will be announced by Public Works.

Decisions regarding school on Wednesday (1/28/2015) will be made by school officials and announced through the school messenger system accordingly.

Power outages have been minimal.  If you lose power please report directly to Connecticut Light and Power at 1-800-286-2000.

If possible, please ensure that snow is cleared from fire hydrants.

I know many of you use social media frequently to communicate.  While this blog links to Facebook, Twitter and Google +, I do not check those sites as frequently as others.  Staff will be periodically reviewing social media, but it is not the most effective way to communicate with me.  Please feel free to contact me by regular email (bob@bobmezzo.com) or my cell phone (203-217-0876).  I respectfully request that you do so with urgent matters.  Communications regarding when particular roads are being plowed often slow us down and decrease effectiveness.  Multiple communications to multiple departments focus resources on communications rather than coordinating plowing and road clearance.  As stated above, we do not prioritize by how many calls are received.  The primary contact point as listed above, is our Department of Public Works at 203-720-7071 or publicworks@naugatuck-ct.gov .

Thank you and be safe.

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  1. Towns weather storm | Citizen's News:

    [...] “Traveling remains dangerous on many streets and roads throughout Naugatuck. While we expect that all borough roads will be passable by this evening, we urge all motorists to exercise the highest degree of caution while traveling. Those driving should be on a heightened sense of awareness for pedestrians and children playing in the snow,” Mezzo said in his blog. [...]

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