Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra has closed all public schools and city offices on Monday, February 11, 2013, to help expedite winter storm Nemo clean up. Clearing efforts remain underway including towing abandoned vehicles and snow removal on secondary streets.
"As I feared, the low temperatures delayed our efforts last night but we've had a fleet of 22 trucks, 4 pay loaders, 3 smaller pay loaders and a contingent of contractors working since 7am. At the moment, it's taking an average of 90 minutes for 2 trucks and a pay loader to clean a side street but 6 hours for two trucks. Three additional pay loaders are on their way. We are also preparing a comprehensive list of needs from the State in light of President Obama’s recent approval of the emergency declaration. The goal is to have all side streets cleaned by tomorrow morning. We need people to stay off the roads in order to expedite the process. Bottom line: we know how frustrating this is but are asking folks to be patient. We’re doing everything we can to return our City back to normal. Above all, please be kind to DPW workers, they are exhausted but will not stop until all roads are cleaned,” said Segarra.
Mayor Segarra also emphasized the following:
- Right now, we are working on 11 side street routes (there are 16 total);
- Do not throw snow into the streets; keep on your property;
- As we begin curb to curb clean up snow will be pushed back to the sidewalks;
- We have towed 189 vehicles and issued approximately 330 snow ban parking tickets;
- All power outages have been restored;
- Hoarding under these conditions is very dangerous ; please report any issues immediately by calling 860-757-4520 or 860-757-4700;
- The parking ban is still in effect; and
- Residents should stay off the roads unless it’s a public health or safety emergency.
Residents are encouraged to call the direct line at EOC, 860-757-0040 for storm matters and 911 for emergencies. For towing information call, 860-757-4000.