‘Thanks to every one of you’: All hands on deck response helping Connecticut dig out of the snow

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont said all crews were on top of this week’s snowstorm.

With two inches of snow falling an hour overnight, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) plow drivers had their work cut out for them. There were 700 plows going for more than 14 hours.

The governor said the tractor-trailer ban, which is now lifted, did help.

Tractor-trailer drivers were offered two places to pull over and spend the night while the ban was in effect: Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, and Hammonassett State Park in Madison.

The governor said less than a dozen drivers took advantage of the offer, but it seems like truck drivers found other places to pull over because most stayed off the roads during the storm overnight.

“Thankfully, we did that big tractor-trailer ban in association with New York that made a big difference that kept roads clean,” Lamont said. “Thanks to every one of you – you limited travel as well. That allowed our snow plows to do the job they had to do.”

Right on cue, however, at noon on Thursday, a jackknifed tractor-trailer on I-91 in Meriden.

Trooper Pedro Muniz of Connecticut State Police explained, “Because of pandemic a lot of people are working remotely so that affected the total amount of cars on the road [during the storm].”

As of Friday morning, Connecticut State Police said 1,260 emergency service calls came in, 240 motorists were assisted and 64 accidents were reported, nine of which involved serious injuries.

The governor said all COVID-19 vaccines were delivered safely, including to five nursing homes that will start vaccinating their staff and patients Friday.

“We are one of four states in the country to be able to start vaccinating nursing home patients as well as the nurses tomorrow,” Lamont said. “For that, we are very very thankful.”

211 is still up and running for those who need shelter, or a warming center.

He said utility company crews were positioned to act; very few outages were reported; less than a thousand homes were affected statewide.

Historically, administrators are graded on how they handle storms. It used to be how often you go on TV that gave people security. Now, governors roll in virtual command center updates to communicate with the public.

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