Posts tagged ‘Snow’

February 13th, 2013

Town Excels in Storm Cleanup

by Christopher O'Brien

By Roy Balkus

Munson Road after the storm | photo: Chris O'Brien

Munson Road 24 hours after the storm | photo: Chris O’Brien

Given the severity of the recent snow storm, and tales of disaster from surrounding towns, the Town of Wolcott Public Works Department did an excellent job dealing with the storm. With depths of almost 3 feet and wind driven snow making for 5 foot to 6 foot drifts the town crews did a fabulous job keeping the streets open for travel. They should be proud of the great job they did in the face of difficult conditions.

This reporter was out at 7:30 AM Monday morning to travel to Farmington to get a part needed to repair a broken snow blower. I traveled through several towns. None appeared to be as well plowed as Wolcott’s.

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February 11th, 2013

Youth Jobs: Waterbury Needs Shovellers

by Christopher O'Brien

Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary is calling upon any youth at least 14 years old and older who wants to earn minimum wage on Tuesday. After 34 inches of snow fell on the Brass City, the City’s public works crews still haven’t had a chance to dig out the thirty-odd schools in town.

Any person interested should show up at City Hall at noon on Tuesday dressed warmly and with a shovel. City Hall is at 235 Grand St., downtown Waterbury. 203-574-6712

The notice was posted to the Waterbury Police Athletic League’s Facebook page and reposted on the Mayor’s Facebook page Monday evening.

February 11th, 2013

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.

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February 10th, 2013

Mayor Dunn: Stay Off The Roads

by Christopher O'Brien

Parking Ban Still In Effect

Police: “We know what roads are still unplowed – we’ll get to you”

Mall closed; Some Onramps Still Closed

Some I-84 onramps are still closed SundayAfter a blizzard dumped 36 inches of snow in parts of Wolcott, the mayor and police department are urging residents to stay home. “There’s nothing open and nowhere to go,” says Police Captain Domenic Angelillo. As of 9 am this morning, State DOT was still working on opening the downtown entrance ramps to I-84 in Waterbury and widening exits to ensure tractor trailers and delivery trucks can exit safely.

Mayor Dunn is urging resident to stay home while the town widens roads. At 10:00 town police responded to an accident on Woodtick Rd. near Wilson Rd. “The roads are only wide enough for emergencies right now and we still have a parking ban in place.” Dunn says that the town will be working on widening the roads throughout the day and that most roads should be cleared already.

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February 10th, 2013

Gov. Lifts Travel Ban; Urges Voluntary Restriction

by Christopher O'Brien

As much as three feet of snow blanketed parts of Connecticut Saturday morning, making roads impassable, causing power outages, and five fatalities. As the day progressed, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy lifted a travel ban, but asked residents to stay off the roads as much as possible.

State police have responded to 3,000 calls for assistance and with temperatures expected to reach zero Malloy asked people to call 211 if they need assistance finding a shelter.

At an 11 a.m. briefing, Malloy said a Prospect woman in her 80s was snow blowing the end of her driveway when she was hit by a motorist. The vehicle did not stop and the police are investigating the incident. A 49-year-old man in Shelton died Saturday morning when clearing snow from his driveway. The specifics about the other three fatalities is unknown, but they are storm-related.

“While we are lifting the ban on travel this afternoon at 4 p.m., I still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible,” said Malloy.

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February 10th, 2013

Have a Plow? Need a Plow?

by Christopher O'Brien

After an unprecedented amount of snow fell in town – three feet at minimum with drifts in many areas of town – plowers are raking in the dough after a year long snow drought. Demand is high, but the need is also high. If you need a plow, please post your first name and phone number here. If you HAVE a plow or would like to advertise your business, just list your name, the type of equipment you have (snowblower, plow, payloader, manpower etc.) here as well. Or, you can e-mail the Whisper at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com or call us at 203-558-5817. If you want your name removed, contact us either way as well.

Hopefully this will assist you with your plowing needs!

February 8th, 2013

Winter Storm Links

by Christopher O'Brien

Below is a list of helpful storm links including updatable weather forcasts, live dopplar radar, and discussion. If you know of additional resoucres we can share, please let us know at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com

Radar

Dopplar Radar (zoomable): http://www.ctnow.com/weather/radar/

Connecticut Doplar: http://www.wfsb.com/category/211192/doppler-loop

Closings

From WFSB: http://www.wfsb.com/category/211195/school-closings

From Fox CT/ Hartford Courant: http://www.ctnow.com/weather/closings/

Weather

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February 8th, 2013

Blizzard to Shut Down Area

by Christopher O'Brien

As a historic blizzard bears down on the region, all residents are urged to stay off the roadways beginning Friday afternoon and through the storm’s expected completion around mid-day Saturday. Wolcott can expect to receive around 20 inches or more by the storm’s completion. According to meteorologists at Fox CT, we should have 6-8 inches by around 7 pm tonight after the snow begins to accumulate around noon. Snowfall will intensify to about 3 inches falling per hour after midnight. At around the same time, winds are expected to ramp up to 50 mph which will create widespread whiteout conditions and snow drifting for several hours.  As of 7:00 am, the snow line has already crossed into Greenwich.

School is closed on Friday.

A parking ban has been declared throughout Wolcott beginning 6 am Friday until 5 pm on Saturday. Do not park on any roadways in town to ensure roads can be plowed and emergency vehicles can make their way if they need to do so.

Local gas stations ran out of gas Thursday evening. Cumberland Farms on Wolcott Rd. didn’t have gas

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February 7th, 2013

Blizzard of ’78 Still Devastating, Unsurpassed

by Christopher O'Brien

 

With “historic” levels of snow predicted by some local meteorologists for Friday and Saturday, it is natural to look back at an unforgettable February snowfall in the state 35 years ago this week.  The Blizzard of ’78 is legendary not only in the amount and intensity of the snow and wind, but in other impacts as well, including coastal high tides and damage to homes and property, and even politics – it is seen as central to the re-election later that year of Governor Ella Grasso.Just a year ago, Connecticut Public Television aired a new documentary about the Blizzard of ’78, which included these statistics not soon forgotten by those in the state at the time…

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February 6th, 2013

Weekend of Ski Jumping in Salisbury

by Christopher O'Brien

You don’t have to travel too far to see Olympic-caliber competition in Connecticut. The 87th annual Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, as part of the annual Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA)’s ski jumping competition at legendary Satre Hill. Future Olympians have competed at Satre Hill before going on to represent our country.

Ski jumpers will be showing off the tremendous coordination, skill and grace it takes to soar 64 meters–over 200 feet–with a happy landing. Traditionally, the enthusiastic crowd cheers them on by jingling cowbells as the jumpers soar.

     Winter Carnival activities begin Friday night…