Saturday a.m. Fairfield ‘Code Red’ message

Here is the text of a “Code Red” alert message sent to Fairfielders on Saturday morning by First Selectman Michael Tetreau:

This is First Selectman Mike Tetreau with a report from Fairfield’s Emergency Management team as of 8:30 Saturday morning.

Fairfield received an estimated 2-3 feet of snow causing drifts as high as 4-5 feet.

The Governor has closed all roads until further notice. This means all roads in town not just state highways. Abandoned cars left in roads have complicated our clean-up efforts.

Emergency vehicles are having a difficult time responding with current road conditions. We have seen police and fire vehicles get stuck in the snow throughout the night.

Our DPW crews have been on the job since 7am Friday morning. The snow was so heavy at times that even our snow plows were getting stuck. Police/Fire/ECC personnel are all on holdover. They can’t get home and new shifts can’t get in.

We estimate that 50 percent of our main roads are clear. We are projecting to have the rest of the main roads cleared later today. The next priority will be side streets. We have 380 cul de sacs that will not be cleared until Sunday.

We are asking everyone one to stay home and stay safe. Please be patient. We need time to clear the roads.

Please check in on our your neighbors especially the elderly and those with special needs.

If you do get out to shovel it would be a big help if you would clear snow away from any fire hydrants.

Thanks for your help. Stay safe.

John Schwing