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Updated: Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013, 9:16 AM EST
Published : Sunday, 10 Feb 2013, 12:36 PM EST
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- The City of New Haven released a storm status update on Monday afternoon.
The following is the press release:
(New Haven, CT) By tomorrow morning, 95% of the roads in New Haven will passable. Passable means that enough snow will be cleared as to allow for emergency vehicle passage, usually a one lane path. Once all roads are passable. All streets will be revisited for more extensive removal, and this process has already begun on main arterial roads.
The City of New Haven’s message to residents remains the same: please stay off the roads to allow clean up crews to continue the intensive snow removal process without impediment. Hundreds of abandoned cars—left by residents who thought that roads were passable but ended up getting stuck—were scattered across the City. This has only served to prolong the City’s snow removal efforts.
As of 5pm today, 119 cars were towed from City streets, including both abandoned cars and cars that were parked but blocking safe passage of emergency vehicles. M ain arterial roads and secondary roads have been made passable, the City of New Haven’s top priority today will be clearing out neighborhoods. The effort to clean up neighborhoods will be intensive, including crews to clear streets from snow and day laborers to sho335 Fountain Street
12 unit apartment building
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Super on scene: Shay Gross 203-509-7959
Wood structure with brick veneer
On the right hand side, the brick veneer is pulling away from the roof, likely because of the weight of snow and rain on roof
Utilities shut off
Bus on the way for evacuees
Street Blocked off
Building inspector on way to determine if building is in danger of collapse
J press closed down
Honorable Members of the Board of Aldermen, The following school lots are open for public use. Residents are urged to use these as an alternative to on-street parking to aid the City in clean up efforts.
Also note our next call in will be at 6:30 pm. Continue to use the same number and access code. School lots open for public use --
Adult Ed (Riverside, DOMUS) 560 Ella Grasso Boulevard;
COOP 177 College
Cross 181 Mitchell;
High School in the Community 175 Water;
Hill Career, 140 Legion Ave.
Hillhouse 480 Sherman;
New Horizons, 103 Hallock;
Metro Business 115 Water;
Sound 60 South Water (Foote Building)
Barnard School, 170 Derby Ave.
Betsy Ross, 150 Kimberly Avenue;
Bishop Woods 1481 Quinnipiac Avenue
Clemente 360 Columbus Avenue
Clinton Avenue School, 293 Clinton Ave.
Columbus School, 255 Blatchley (Corner at Grand)
Conte 511 Chapel
Edgewood (In progress, ETA 5:00 pm)
Hill Central 140 Dewitt
W. Hooker 691 Whitney
John Daniels 569 Congress
John Martinez 100 James Street
Ross Woodward 185 Barnes
Strong School (old Mauro, not Fair Haven) 130 Orchard
Truman 114 Truman
“Our goal is to have all of New Haven neighborhood’s passable by mid-day on Tuesday,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.
While the City’s top priority for today is clearing out neighborhoods, work will also begin on removing the enormous piles of plowed snow from intersections and clearing a wider path for travel on main arterial roads.
The City’s downtown parking ban has been extended through at least the end of the day today.
Abandoned cars—left by residents who thought that roads were passable but ended up getting stuck—are scattered across the City, impeding snow removal efforts. The City is stepping up its towing efforts and will be towing any car that is obstructing passage on any street.
To prevent more of these problems, the New Haven Police Department has set up check points at four locations in New Haven to discourage entry into the City for non-essential travel.
The checkpoints are located at four key entry points into the City:
Fountain Street at the Woodbridge town line
Dixwell Avenue at the Hamden town line
Whitney Avenue at the Hamden town line
Quinnipiac Avenue at the North Haven town line
This is being done to ensure public safety and to prevent any impediments to the City’s intensive snow removal efforts. Police at these checkpoints will speak with drivers and turn away anyone who is whose travel into the City is necessary.
“Stay home, stay off the roads and stay safe so we can clean up our City and ensure public safety while we do it,” said Mayor DeStefano. To that end, on Tuesday, February 12th, New
Haven City Hall will be closed as will New Haven Public Schools, Senior Centers and Libraries and Yale University. Garbage pick-up has been cancelled for the rest of the week so that all public works crews can focus on the snow removal efforts. “This is our top priority right now,” noted Mayor DeStefano.
The City would like to remind residents of the following:
Call 911 for emergencies only. Report all non-emergency storm related issues to the City’s Emergency Operations Center at 203-946-8221.
Residents and contractors clearing snow from their cars and property, should not dump that snow into the street. As residents being to shovel out, please clear snow from fire hydrants located near your property and if your sidewalk includes a curb ramp (at a street intersection), please shovel that so the sidewalk is passable for wheelchair use.
Residents can sign up to receive automatic storm updates (via email or reverse 911 call) by going to http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/EmergencyInfo/optin.asp
Residents can also call 203-946-SNOW (7669) to hear the latest pre-recorded storm update.
Any town or city officials who would like to submit a storm status update to News 8, can do so by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.