Snow Begins To Disappear; More Work To Do

by Christopher O'Brien

Almost all businesses in Wolcott’s retail areas are open again, fuel deliveries are being made and both of the town’s IGA stores are open again. By large degrees, life is beginning to return to normal after an avalanche of snow fell on our hilly town.

Improvement has been telling since the Blizzard dumped over 36 inches of snow on Wolcott (we’re guessing the measurement – send us how much is in your yard at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com) with drifts covering cars everywhere. Even though the storm – complete with 40 mph winds and brilliant lightning through squals bringing more than fives inches of snow per hour – ended by 9 am on Saturday, many folks were still digging out on Sunday. Connecticut has not seen a storm like this since the late 1880s.

For the town’s part, the last of the town’s roads were plowed out by mid-Sunday and overnight Public Works crews were expanding roadways to the curbs. Hazardous driving along Wolcott Rd. and a narrowed Woodtick Rd. was hampered with five to seven foot snow piles at all drivway and roadway intersections.

“We hired some private contractors to help with snow removal and they’re working hard,” says Mayor Thomas G. Dunn. “They’re going to keep working on widening the roads and pushing back the piles.” The Mayor hopes that most of that work will be completed by Tuesday night. He says that the school parking lots still have not yet been cleared.

School may re-open on Wednesday, but that could be postponed until Thursday if the roads are still not safe enough for busses to pick up students.

Wolcott Police Department is asking all residents to continue driving slowly – much more slow than usual since there’s more pedestrians walking where they need to go and less space in the roads for two cars to pass each other.

While the town has large dump trucks, the extra heavy equipment was hired to supplement the town’s capacity for moving the heavy snow. A rainstorm Monday doesn’t appear to have caused too much added concern so far, yet homeowners and business owners with flat roofs are being advised to check their roofs. Some houses and commercial buildings have already collapsed in other areas of the state. The rain today added to that weight.

Fog has permeated the region by Monday evening as temperatures climbed into the 40s. Large puddles abound as the water has little place to go except evaporate. Temperatures tonight are expected to drop into the mid-20s.

Every day this week is expected to be above freezing until another storm arrives on Saturday. Meteorologist Joe Fury of Fox-61 reports that this storm could be another large snow-maker and it should be watched. A smaller storm on Thursday could bring a couple inches.

If you do see a driveway that hasn’t been cleared, try to check to see if they may need any assistance. Residents are being asked to help their neighbors whenever possible.

In neighboring Waterbury, traffic moved slowly on all downtown roads which were reduced to one lane in each direction – and in many cases, one lane altogether. A Brass City streets still remain impassable as of Monday afternoon, but the list is shrinking dramatically. Public Works trucks from Danbury, Newtown and New Milford have been brought in and Mayor O’Leary has asked the state for additional resources. DPW crews there worked through the storm to keep major roads such as East and West Main Streets passable.

State crews continue work on I-84 and will be working on opening additional lanes on the thoroughfare and Rt.  8 throughout the week. So far, the highways have had at least two lanes open in both directions since Sunday.

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