Posted on Monday, January 14 2008 by Heather Brandon
As Jude reported early this morning at Scenic Root, Hartford did not see the predicted foot of snow in today’s nor’easter. Instead, we received a very sopping wet three or four inches at most, which quickly appeared to melt into a sodden layer of more like two inches. Springfield appeared to get more snow than that, and Worcester received closer to ten inches according to one observer’s account.
Kerri Provost at Real Hartford used the opportunity to take a few storm photos (one pictured here) for a blog piece today on urban forestry and wildlife.
Schools were closed across the region, and in Hartford the collection of trash and recyclables was predictably pushed back by a day for the entire week, since trash collection trucks are used in the snow removal process.
Residents uncertain of what this means for their trash collection can dial 311 from most Hartford telephone land lines, or otherwise (860) 757-9311, to gain access to city services information.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno‘s office issued a release (text below) toward the end of the day detailing some of what the city dealt with in advance and during the course of the storm, as well as information about the new blinking blue lights that have been installed at various locations to inform residents, visitors and commuting workers about snow-related parking bans.
CITY COORDINATED EFFORTS IN ADVANCE OF SNOW STORM
Coordination efforts that began at 5 pm Sunday paid off for city officials in the wake of Monday morning’s snow storm, authorities said yesterday.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno began coordinating efforts to handle the snowfall with directors of the City’s Department of Public Works, Public School System, Office of Emergency Preparedness, Parks and Police Departments early Sunday afternoon.
“We benefited greatly from the proactive approach, which we were able to take based on the forecast,” said Sarno.
Despite the city’s preparation for the storm, the very nature of the snow created its own set of challenges. Extremely heavy and wet, today’s snowfall caused more than 100 trees and limbs to fall around the City. The collection and shredding of those trees and limbs was led by Parks Director Patrick Sullivan.
The downed tree limbs also caused electrical lines to fail, leaving close to 10,000 residents without power in various areas throughout the City. Electricity was expected to be restored to all households by 5 pm.
Acting Director of Emergency Preparedness Robert Hassett said quick restoration of electrical power at Keystone Woods, an assisted living complex on Grayson Drive, avoided the evacuation of more than 200 people there.
Director of Public Works Al Chwalek said the light traffic on the roads today was extremely beneficial for the 135 plow trucks that worked to clear the snow. Chwalek said a good number of residents obeyed parking bans during this storm, which also allowed the snow plowers to work more effectively and efficiently.
The approximately 15 new blue blinking lights that alert drivers to parking bans have been effective, Chwalek said, adding that the City is looking to add additional lighting throughout various neighborhoods.
Mayor Sarno recognized the efforts of Chwalek, Sullivan, Hassett, Superintendent of Schools Joseph Burke, Peter Hogan of the School Department and Deputy William Fitchett of the Police Department in working together to meet the needs of yesterday’s inclement weather effectively and efficiently.
“The plan of attack paid off in neighborhood after neighborhood,” said Sarno. “Of course, you can’t expect perfection when you are battling Mother Nature and we appreciate the patience, which residents showed as we handled unpredictable situations.”