New Haven residents asked to stay home and be patient with snow cleanup underway

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Crews in New Haven are out working to keep clearing snow as it continues to coat the streets.

Slick driving conditions have been reported in New Haven County on Thursday morning.

Storm Team 8 is reporting that wind gusts are also creating poor visibility on roadways. Residents are encouraged to stay home unless necessary.

At 11 a.m., New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker and city officials gave an update on cleanup efforts. They thanked residents for moving their cars and asked that they be patient as cleanup continues.

In addition to city cleanup crews on the streets, residents are digging themselves out of their homes.

Thursday afternoon, News 8 spoke with New Haven resident Samantha Baer who was busy shoveling out her car after the snow finally stopped flying.

“Especially because I didn’t have to come and shovel really this morning,” she said, “I get to be at home today. It was really nice to get to enjoy it and enjoy how beautiful it is — and not have to worry about travel or safety on the roadways.”

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Public works crews were able to pre-treat the roads with a brine solution. Pre-treating before the storm has really helped with the cleanup process, according to New Haven’s Public Works Director Jeff Pescosolido.

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Director of Emergency Operations in New Haven Rick Fontana said they’re also tackling bridges, intersections, overpasses and critical intersections in the city.

Ahead of the storm, he said they were prepared for what was to come.

“We’re ready to attack this snow…We’re ready for this!” he said. “We’ll have about 50 trucks on the road between our public works, parks department, as well as our outside contractors who will be cleaning the arterial routes and some downtown.”

New Haven’s Department of Public Works is responsible for roughly 230 miles of roadway.

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A parking ban was in effect as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, so crews could have the space they needed to clear the roads. Violators were ticketed or towed. As of Thursday morning, around 80 vehicles have been towed, which is down from previous storms.

If you need a place to park, you can park at a school parking lot.

He also asks for everyone’s patience as they work to clean up the mess following this storm. It will take some time.

“We’re asking for people to have some patience,” Fontana said. “We’ll get to you as soon as possible! Tonight, as you know, we’ll have as many trucks possible – up to 45 – which is a good number of trucks.”

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They’re also doing what they can to help those most vulnerable.

Fontana said they’ve reserved dozens of hotel rooms to safely house those who are homeless since they can’t open up traditional warming centers in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Everyone who can is asked to stay off the roads and stay home during the storm.

Mayor Justin Elicker said, “I think the important thing is encouraging people to get indoors to stay safe before it gets a little more challenging when the storm gets heavy…We think we’re ready, we’ve got a pretty big storm for our first storm of the year.”

“You’re not going to open your window tomorrow morning and see clear streets, but you will see our teams out on the street, clearing the streets as fast as possible. And so we’re asking folks to be patient,” said Elicker.

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