Stamford Emergency Operations Center issues update

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Ted Jankowski, the city’s director of public safety, health and welfare, issued the following message at 7:30 a.m. urging residents to use “extreme caution” if they must travel on city roadways:

 

INCIDENT:                           Winter Storm Hercules Update

MESSAGE:                           #2

 

Friday, January 3, 2014, Stamford, CT

STAMFORD, CT – The City’s Emergency Operations Center is open and has been monitoring the storm.  There has been approximately 5” – 6” of snowfall so far in Stamford.  A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 pm EST this afternoon. Stamford Public Schools are closed today.

 

Heavy snowfall, freezing and blowing and drifting of powdery snow has created hazardous travel conditions. Snow is packed on the roadways and roadways are slick.

 

The Office of Operations has been plowing the roadways throughout the night utilizing over sixty vehicles. It is recommended to stay off the roads so that Operations can continue to plow and spread material. If you must travel use extreme caution.

Winds continue from the north at 15 to 25 mph and wind gusts up to 35 mph. Wind chills, from 10 below to around 20 below zero this morning, increasing to 5 to 10 below zero this afternoon. Wind chills below zero could lead to frostbite or hypothermia for anyone exposed to the cold. Wind chills 15 below or colder will lead to an even more rapid onset of hypothermia.

 

The Heaviest snowfall will be through mid-morning. The lowest wind chills and visibilities will be through around midday.

 

Temperatures: 1 below to 11 above zero

 

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

 

Winter storms and extreme cold are dangerous.  People can be injured in traffic accidents, on icy roads, from falls and from hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold.  When the extreme cold hits, it’s important for you to do what you can to stay warm. If you must go out into the elements dress in layers and cover your skin.

 

Other essential information:

 

• Life threatening situations should be reported to 911.

• Downed power lines and power outages should be reported immediately to CL&P at 1-800-286-2000.

• To report operational issues such as downed trees, etc. the Citizens Service Center will be open for calls at 203-977-4140 during business hours. For non-emergency weather related issues after business hours call 203-977-4444.

• The City will open several warming stations for Friday. A full list is included here. If necessary, shelter and other pertinent information will be made available through the City’s website and the media.

 

City Garbage and Recycling Pickup:

 

Friday garbage pickup has been postponed to Saturday. Due to Wednesday’s holiday, the City delayed garbage pickup this week by one. As a result of the winter storm, residents normally receiving garbage pickup on Thursday or Friday will now receive pickup on Saturday.

 

Warming Centers:

 

Stamford Government Center Lobby: Friday (8am to 9pm)

888 Washington Blvd., Stamford

 

YMCA : Friday (9am – 5pm)

909 Washington Blvd, Stamford

 

Chester Addison Community Center: Friday (9am – 5pm)

245 Selleck St.

Stamford, CT

 

Union Baptist Church: Friday (9am – 2pm)

805 Newfield Avenue

Stamford, CT

 

Central Fire Headquarters: Friday (8am – 6pm)

629 Main Street, Stamford

Stamford, CT

 

South End Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)

215 Washington Blvd

Stamford, CT

 

West Side Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)

80 Fairfield Avenue

Stamford, CT

 

East Side/Shippan Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)

Stamford, CT

 

Woodside Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)

1600 Washington Blvd

Stamford, CT

 

Belltown Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)

8 Dorlen Road

Stamford, CT

 

Long Ridge Fire Station: Friday (8am – 6pm)

366 Long Ridge Rd.

Stamford, CT

 

Sprindale Fire Station: Friday (8am- 6pm)

987 Hope St.

Stamford, CT

 

Turn of River Fire Station: Friday (8am-6pm)

Buxton Farms Road

Stamford, CT

 

Stay Informed Visit:

 

o www.StamfordCT.gov

o WSTC Radio – 1400 AM

o WSHU Stamford Radio – 91.1 FM

o WGCH Radio – 1490 AM

o Fox Radio 95.9 FM

o News 12 Connecticut, Channel 12

 

To continue to prepare for and respond to severe weather visit:

 

Be Prepared Stamford:

http://bepreparedstamford.org/ColdWeather.htm

 

CT Dept. of Public Health:

http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3115&q=472542

 

FEMA’s Ready.Gov:

www.ready.gov

 

National Weather Service:

www.weather.gov

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Jonathan Lucas

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