From Staff Writer David Hennessey:
Greenwich roads are faring better than others across the state as residents dig out from over a foot of snow dumped on the area by the blizzard.
Dan Warzoha, Greenwich’s emergency management director, said many streets are passable, but urged residents to heed Gov. Dannel Malloy’s warnings and avoid vehicular travel.
“We just need to keep the roads clear and let the crews do their work,” Warzoha said.
Two dozen contracted vehicles are now working in Greenwich, in addition to over 60 pieces of town machinery that have been battling the snow, Warzoha said.
A snow emergency remains in effect for the town.
Warzoha reported no major traffic accidents or fires in Greenwich because of the storm, and said emergency personnel have not been greatly hindered by the snowfall.
“Everything’s been fairly routine,” he said. “There’s been no major delay in response to any incident in the town of Greenwich.”
There was a reported accident involving a state trooper on Interstate 95 in Greenwich last night. A call to Lt. J. Paul Vance, spokesman for the Connecticut State Police, seeking information about the accident was not immediately returned Saturday afternoon.
Warzoha said early Saturday afternoon that Greenwich Avenue was already clear of snow, and, even further inland, emergency personnel have been able to travel along Stanwich and Taconic roads over to North Street.
Warzoha said snowfall totals in town have ranged anywhere from 15.5 inches to about 19 inches in the backcountry. The National Weather service reported at least 22-inch observations coming from Greenwich.
Town workers are clearing rooftops of schools and municipal buildings, said Warzoha, who is monitoring an incoming weather situation Monday that could dump rain into the heavy snowpack, possibly causing problems with the weight of snow on structures, especially those with flat roofs.
Flooding predicted along shoreline neighborhoods also failed to materialize during the blizzard, Warzoha said.
“It did not get anywhere near the predicted levels,” he said.
Power outages were also not an issue in Greenwich. As of early Saturday afternoon, Connecticut Light & Power reported only one customer without service.