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Bridgeport under snow emergency

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Here’s the latest update from the City of Bridgeport:

As the Blizzard of 2013 recedes, City Public Works crews are working to clear emergency routes throughout the City, particularly around hospital and firehouses. A Snow Emergency Parking Ban will remain in effect until further notice.

“The blizzard hit the City hard, causing near-whiteout conditions for several hours, which prevented our street clearing crews from hitting the streets, which, in turn, prohibited first responders from moving about,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “We are asking everyone to have patience and to stay inside until snow plows can make their way down City streets.” During this time, Mayor Finch urges residents to not light candles in their homes or use stoves for heat. “Use flashlights in case of a power outage.”

Mayor Finch put out a call to private contractors and to leaders in other towns, which were not hit as hard to assist the City with its snow removal efforts by sending heavy equipment and operators. He also asked anyone who would like to volunteer the use of a snowmobile or ATV to assist first responders.

Governor Malloy issued a travel ban for all highways, roads and streets throughout the state as towns and cities struggle to clear anywhere from 20 to 38 inches of snow from roads.

The historic blizzard dumped an estimated 30 inches of snow in Bridgeport. The governor ordered a statewide travel ban for everything but emergency vehicles. Highways around the state remain nearly impassable, as are most roads across the City.

Mayor Finch urged people to stay inside and to help their neighbors. “I’ve already heard stories of city residents bringing stranded people into their homes for shelter at the height of the storm,” he said. “This morning, emergency workers found a man collapsed in the snow and brought him into a nearby house as public works cleared a path for an AMR vehicle to get him to the hospital.”

City public works front-loaders are clearing emergency routes and emergency workers are creating lists of roads that can be cleared with regular plows. The city anticipates having between 15 to 20 front loaders in operation as the day progresses.

“People only need to look out their windows to see the magnitude of this storm,” Finch said. “We have a plan in motion with realistic expectations, but digging out will take time. Be patient. Be kind to your neighbors.”

Finch requested assistance of the Conn. National Guard to provide equipment and personnel to help remove snow around critical infrastructure like hospitals as well as large personnel vehicles to retrieve stranded emergency service personnel and respond to priority emergency calls.

Below are further updates from the City of Bridgeport as of 9:30 a.m., Saturday:

• The governor has a statewide driving ban for all non-emergency vehicles.

• The city has requested assistance from the National Guard to provide a payloader to remove snow around the emergency operation center and its hospitals. It also requested two large 6×6 personnel transport vehicles to pick up stranded emergency workers and respond to priority emergency calls.

• United Illuminating reports minimal outages in the city

• Snow drifts of between 3 and 5 feet are being reported throughout the city

• Dozens of vehicles have been disabled and abandoned on city streets

• Mass care shelters are on standby

• GBT and MTA services are suspended

o From the Bridgeport Fire Department:

o In the case of a power outage, use flashlights, not candles.

o Generators should be operated in well ventilated locations outdoors away from all doors, windows and vent openings. Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.

o Residents may call 203.576.1311 with snow plowing concerns.

o Residents can also use the City’s BConnected request system online at www.bridgeportct.gov/bconnected or on the BConnected mobile application available on iPhone or Android smartphones to report any snow-related concerns.

o For the latest updates, resources and information about the snowstorm, residents are asked to check www.bridgeportct.gov/bptsnow, local television and radio news outlets and follow the City of Bridgeport on Twitter and Facebook and Mayor Bill Finch on Twitter and Facebook.

o Residents can also use the City’s BConnected request system online at www.bridgeportct.gov/bconnected or on the BConnected mobile application available on iPhone or Android smartphones to report any snow-related concerns.

o For the latest updates, resources and information about the snowstorm, residents are asked to check www.bridgeportct.gov/bptsnow, local television and radio news outlets and follow the City of Bridgeport on Twitter and Facebook and Mayor Bill Finch on Twitter and Facebook.

Categories: General
Jim Shay

3 Responses

  1. marushka says:

    You know the world wont wait for Bridgeport……because the rest of the world seriously has its act together and has plowed out the major roads. I had neighbors who traveled from Fairfield back to home in Bridgeport and they got stuck in Bridgeport! Way to go Mayor!

  2. ChrisinBpt says:

    This happens every big snowstorm, the plows are nowhere in sight for days. It’s like they go into hiding. This is inexcusable. I agree, the mayor should resign immediately.

  3. Snow Man says:

    Time for our idiot mayor to resign. His lack of attention to emergency services and public safety is almost criminal…yet he manages to find money to put up water fountains…that are no doubt built by people who are friends of his.