A snow emergency remains in effect. Residents are reminded that vehicles must be removed from all snow emergency routes. To facilitate snow plowing residents are asked to remove cars from all public roadways. Covered parking lots—Maritime Yards and Yankee Doodle Garages–remain free of charge through the remainder of the snow emergency.
The Statewide travel ban was lifted at 4:00 this afternoon. Norwalk residents are advised to use extreme caution if they find it necessary to drive this evening. Winds continue to produce drifts and very cold temperatures may cause icy conditions on roads. Extreme cold is expected over night. Residents are asked to check on elderly or infirm relatives and neighbors to ensure they are safe.
Snow removal continues in Norwalk. Department of Public Works operations personnel have been on duty since early Friday morning; plowing operations have been continuous except for a brief period during whiteout conditions last night.
28 plow trucks, manned by one driver, are deployed in 26 defined snow plow routes covering 625 lane-miles of city roadway. Snow stopped this morning at 7:00 o’clock and by noon time all main roads were pushed back to the curb and salted. DPW Operations has applied approximately 600 tons of salt and 1,000 tons of liquid salt brine to assist with snow removal efforts. City owned sidewalks are currently being cleared by hand and 2 pieces of removal equipment.
Customer Service has been open since 8:00 a.m. and fielded around 150 calls/e-mails
All roads are expected to be passable by 8:00 o’clock this evening and schools completed by 4:00 o’clock Sunday morning.
Norwalk Police and Fire Departments are fully staffed and responding to all calls for service. All Police, Fire and EMS radio systems are fully operational. All 911 phone lines and routine phone lines are fully operational. All radio transmitter sites are operating on (normal) grid power.
Norwalk Transit plans to operate Sunday shuttles tomorrow serving South Norwalk, route 7 and Connecticut Avenue.
Norwalk Public Library staff continues to clear access to buildings; all branches are expected to open Monday morning.
Business owners and residents are reminded of the responsibility to clear walks in front of homes and businesses. Residents are also asked to clear access to fire hydrants.
Mayor Moccia expressed thanks to the city workforce that worked tirelessly during the storm. “Many of our employees have worked around the clock in order to ensure safe and convenient conditions for our residents. I am proud of their dedication and note that our employees have been called all too frequently to devote extra effort because of storms. I genuinely appreciate their commitment.”
Mayor Moccia expressed appreciation to the residents of Norwalk for the responsible manner in which they weathered the storm. “Nearly everyone stayed safely off the roads, and very few expressed unrealistic demands for their circumstances to take precedence over others. I appreciate the patience and understanding shown by citizens.”
Report downed wires or power outages directly to Connecticut Light and Power by calling 800-286-2000 or go to www.cl-p.com.
Updates will be distributed to the media as warranted. The Norwalk Department of Information Technology has highlighted the standard snow storm preparedness and snow removal operations information on the city website homepage www.norwalkct.org. The Department will continue to publish pertinent information to the homepage as it becomes available from City’s officials and Department of Emergency management.