Snow cleanup underway in Middletown, kids enjoying snow day

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– Many in Middletown helped clean up crews by staying off the streets for most of the morning.

It is literally one week before Christmas Eve and Middletown looks like a winter wonderland. The streets are still a bit snowy but passable and so are a lot of the sidewalks.

For some it was their strength in numbers which got the job done.

“We’ve got one, two, three, four, five, six, nine,” said Randy ‘RJ’ Jones, of Forest City Landscaping, who counted the number of workers clearing one section of sidewalk in downtown Middletown. 

For others it was high powered machinery which they used to take on the task of clearing driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots throughout the city.

“My specialty is just to slide it all the way to a corner and just dump it,” explained Jonathan Fonsecca, of Forest City Landscaping. 

“Just making blocks so I get a full shovelful every time,” said Jones. 

Public works crews had 204 miles of streets to tackle and make safe for travel. Most of the main roads were clear by midday. 

The snow though may have made for some dangerous driving conditions. A tractor trailer slid across I-91 south in Meriden shutting it down Thursday afternoon.

The kids though got to enjoy their first snow day in a long time.

“I was looking forward to playing in it and maybe going to the park and swinging and going down the slide,” said Nkem Spada of Middletown.

Good fun and a good workout for some. 

“I love it,” said Spada.

The folks to whom News 8 talked said the best thing to do was to get out earlier when the snow was lighter and fluffier because if you try to remove it starting tonight that’s going to be a whole lot more work. 

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