Naugatuck Mayor Bob Mezzo (see his blog here) issued the following CodeRed Emergency Notification on Monday, Feb. 11, at 11:45 a.m.
The Naugatuck Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”) remains activated at the Naugatuck Fire Station. The Borough has Public Works crews and contractors at or scheduled for the following streets and areas currently:
• Hunters Mountain;
• Spencer Street Area;
• Side streets off Spring Street;
• Evening star, Warm Earth and Longwood Drive in Indian Hills;
• Streets North of Millville;
• Streets south of Millville Area, but parked and stuck cars are slowing progress;
• Wooster Street Area;
• Donovan Road Area;
• Ridgeland Drive;
• Longview Terrace;
• Bailey Road; and
• The Ridge and Celentano Drive Area
This group of streets and areas is fluid, and other roads will be added accordingly throughout the day. We will attempt to provide updates as they become available, but can not give accurate estimates of plowing times.
Overnight, progress made to open and clear roads in several locations previously referenced, but work still remains on portions of those streets.
Currently there are seven (7) private contractors with eleven (11) pieces of equipment and one (1) crew from the Town of Ridgefield, which are joining Borough personnel, all with heavy equipment. We expect additional resources to arrive throughout the day, and are using all efforts to obtain additional contractors with heavy equipment. The National Guard remains in Naugatuck, and has a vehicle that can get through heavy snow for emergency 911 response. Regular plowing and sanding crews are engaged to respond to freezing rain that is predicted to fall throughout the day.
Once we have passable lanes on all Borough streets, we will then concentrate efforts to widen streets already plowed.
We appreciate feedback about roads that need plowing, but we are diverting enormous amounts staff time attempting to respond to requests for exact plow times through phone calls, emails and other communications and social media. Please limit your communications to emergency management personnel and departments to emergency situations and requests for assistance. We are certainly aware that this storm has caused high levels of frustration for all, but no one’s street is going to be plowed sooner because of constant requests to do so. Please call 911 for emergencies, and call the Naugatuck Fire Department at 203-720-7083 for all other requests for assistance.
Public works crews are clearing catch basins in problem areas in response to the rain and freezing rain currently falling. If you have the ability, any assistance you can provide to clear catch basins in your neighborhoods would be greatly appreciated.
This (Below) Was Posted on Mezzo's Blog Sunday
The Borough has made significant progress clearing the streets and neighborhoods referenced during the noon call. Additional private contractors and state resources have arrived and are expected to arrive tonight (2/10/2013) and early morning (2/11/2013). Currently there are three (3) private contractors and one (1) crew from the Town of Ridgefield, which are joining Borough personnel, all with heavy equipment. We expect four (4) additional contractors and two (2) crews from Middlebury to join us by the morning (2/11/2013). We have requested National Guard assistance on Saturday (2/9/2013), and are expecting to receive equipment and personnel from the National Guard later this evening (2/10/2013). Regular plowing and sanding crews are prepared to respond to any freezing rain that falls in the morning (2/11/2013).
We should see plowing and clearing efforts begin in all neighborhoods by tomorrow morning (2/11/2013) at the latest. While we can not provide residents with exact times when their respective road will be cleared, we should have the resources and equipment to make serious progress throughout the night (2/10/2013) and into the morning (2/11/2013).
Naugatuck Schools will be closed on Monday (2/11/2013). School officials have been monitoring the amount of snow accumulated on school roofs throughout the weekend.
Town hall, the Naugatuck Senior Center, and all other non-emergency management departments will be closed tomorrow (2/11/2013) in the Borough. Governor Malloy has advised all non-essential state employees not to report to work on Monday (2/11/2013).
There will be no regular trash or recycling collection on Monday (2/11/2013). At the current time, all regular trash and recycling days will be pushed back one day for this week only.
The local state of emergency will be extended through 12:00 Noon on Wednesday (2/13/2013). Naugatuck’s Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”) will remains activated at the Naugatuck Fire Station.
From Noon on Sunday
The following is the text from the Code Red message issued around 12:00 Noon today.
Naugatuck’s Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”) will remains activated at the Naugatuck Fire Station. The Borough has public works crews and contractors scheduled for the following areas today: Both sections of the Indian Hills area; the Ridge off Osborn Road; Andrew Mountain Road; Anderson and School Street; between Aetna Street and Millville Avenue; and the Brittany Woods/Gail Drive area. We are attempting to obtain additional resources, and would deploy them upon receipt to the Platts Mill and Beacon Manor areas. All schedules are subject to changes resulting from responding to 911 emergencies.
Overnight, progress made to open and clear roads in several locations on or near: Field Street, Deepwood Road, Timothy Lane, Mill Street, North Hoadley Street, Round Hill Circle, King Street, Bridal Trail Drive, and section of Millville Avenue. Once again, progress was slowed by the need to respond to 911 emergencies.
The Borough has once again requested additional resources from private contractors with large equipment, as well as from state sources. The need for such equipment is very high throughout the Connecticut, and not readily available. Personnel and contractors are working around the clock as hard as possible to clear roads and remove snow.
We realize that everyone wants information about when their particular street is being plowed. Unfortunately a significant amount of time is being devoted by all of us responding to such phone calls, emails and other communications on social media. We attempt to provide information about where plowing efforts are being focused as soon as it is available. The reality is, however, that it still may be a couple days before all roads are cleared in Naugatuck and throughout most of Connecticut. Please limit your communications to emergency management personnel and departments to emergency situations and requests for assistance. No one’s street is going to be plowed sooner because of constant requests to do so. Please call 911 for emergencies, and call the Naugatuck Fire Department at 203-720-7083 for all other requests for assistance.
Naugatuck Schools will be closed on Monday (2/11/2013).
Please refrain from travel if at all possible as road conditions remain hazardous in many locations.
We will have another update shortly.