Finch: No school or clean streets until Friday

BRIDGEPORT — Mayor Bill Finch said he doesn’t expect to have all city streets cleared of snow until Friday, or maybe even later. Because of this, the mayor said he doubts the city can reopen many schools until late in the week.

“It’s going to take us a week to get all the streets cleaned,” said Finch, who was at the city’s Emergency Operations Center Sunday afternoon. “By Tuesday, the latest Wednesday, we’ll get the main streets and snow emergency streets.”

Secondary streets will follow and then the city will tackle small residential streets, cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets.

Finch said one of the biggest problems has been the large number of abandoned cars blocking city streets and forcing plows to waste time backing up out of a street. “They’ve reduced our efficientcy by 40 to 50 percent or more,” the mayor said. When cars are following the plow it’s even worse, the mayor said. Then police have to be called in to back everyone out safely so the plow can go on its way.

Keila Torres Ocasio