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Naugatuck Blizzard 2013 News Hub

Your hub for local news and information about the weather storm in Naugatuck.

Trash Collection Schedule: 

Naugatuck trash and recycling collection will be pushed-back another day until Wednesday (2/13/2013).  There will be no regular trash and recycling collection on Tuesday (2/12/2013).  The schedule for the rest of the week will be as follows:

  • Regular Monday collection will be Wednesday;
  • Regular Tuesday collection will be Thursday;
  • Regular Wednesday collection will be Friday;
  • Regular Thursday collection will be Saturday; and
  • Regular Friday collection will be Sunday.

Any changes to the current schedule will be announced if they are made.  Please ensure that all containers are placed curbside by midnight on the day of collection, and do not impede plow and other snow removal vehicles from widening roads.

Update at 3:45 p.m. Monday

Naugatuck officials say they are hoping to have at least one passable lane on every street in Naugatuck by tomorrow, Tuesday, morning.

The town’s Department of Public Works has plows, front-end loaders and backhoes on streets in the borough. They also have town aid from Bethlehem, Ridgefield, Middlebury; those towns have also brought cleanup crews to help Naugatuck.

The borough saw 30 inches of snowfall between Friday and Saturday. Department of Public Works crews have been plowing since, but the overwhelming amount of snow has been difficult for crews to keep up with.

Naugatuck schools were cancelled on Monday. It was unclear as of 3:45 p.m. Monday whether schools would be open on Tuesday, though it is unlikely.

Fire Chief Ken Hanks said emergency medical technicians have been able to get to patient homes, but getting them out of the house has been difficult. In some cases, people have been pulled out in sleds and in one situation, a front-end loader had to pull an ambulance up a hill.

The National Guard crews have been assisting in getting emergency personnel onto streets that have not been plowed.

We will continue to bring you more updates as they become available.

30 Inches!

Naugatuck officially got 30 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. By comparison, Milford got the highest snow total in the tri-state area with 38 inches.

Emergency Notification:

Read the full text of the latest emergency notification here.

Naugatuck Officer Injured:

A Naugatuck police officer was injured in a storm-related accident Friday night.

Several Days of Cleanup Expected

Gov. Dannel Malloy says it's going to be several days before the snow is cleaned up statewide.

Naugatuck Storm Photo Gallery:

Several residents are adding storm-related photos to our Pics and Clips photo and video gallery. Check them out and add your own here. 

CodeRed Friday

Mayor Bob Mezzo put out the following CodeRed emergency notification to residents on Friday. 

Blizzard Charlotte (a/k/a Nemo) has begun to increase in intensity, and conditions are predicted to worsen early this evening and continue through the morning of Feb. 9.  Snow fall up to five inches per hour is possible from 6 p.m. today, Feb. 8, through 6 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 9, creating hazardous conditions and minimal visibility.  Wind gusts up to 40 mph are expected.

Residents should avoid traveling until the storm is over. Gov. Malloy has advised communities to expect a travel ban on all state roads, and local roads should only be used by emergency management personnel.

Residents should shelter in their homes until the storm is over. Due to hazardous conditions, public safety personnel will only be responding to emergency calls during the height of the storm. Any assistance that can be provided to a neighbor in need is greatly appreciated.  Residents with emergency situations should contact 911 for assistance. Emergency Management Officials will consider the need for sheltering facilities in the morning of Feb. 9, after assessing damage. Contingency plans have already been made to do so.

Connecticut Light and Power officials predict moderate power outages statewide, with the possibility of up to 30 percent of customers losing power. Please report outages directly to CL&P at 1-800-286-2000, or electronically at www.cl-p.com. Please be prepared for extended power outages, as emergency calls and road clearance issues will be addressed before restoration efforts begin. This could take days depending on the actual volume of power outages.

Residents must comply with the parking ban that is in effect until further notice. A list of exempted streets is available on the Borough’s website at www.naugatuck-ct.gov.  Any vehicles impeding access of public safety and public works vehicles will be towed.

A state of emergency declaration has been made in Naugatuck effective 8 a.m. this morning, Feb. 8. (The version attached includes my signature. Fire Chief Hanks has attested the original and is in possession of the same).  Gov. Malloy has issued a Declaration of Civil Preparedness Emergency earlier today on Feb. 8. Please respect the magnitude of this blizzard and remain home throughout its duration.  Be safe.

Parking Ban in Effect:

The Naugatuck Police Department is cracking down on people who are not obeying the borough's parking ban on roads. The department has responded to 65 winter parking ban related calls and has issued 42 winter parking ban tickets since 8 a.m. Friday.

"The Naugatuck PD is strictly enforcing the winter parking ban and remind all residents that the parking ban is in effect until 12 hours after the storm has stopped," Lt. Bryan Cammarata said. 

Parking ban information can be found here: http://www.naugatuck-ct.gov/content/117/362/1044/154.aspx

CL&P Update:

As of 9:49 a.m. Saturday, there were 36 Connecticut Light & Power customers in Naugatuck without power. Statewide, there were 38,558 CL&P customers without power.   

Original Article: 

As Naugatuck braces for what could be one of the worst snow storms in recent memory, Naugatuck Patch is there to help bring you the information necessary to keep you and your loved ones safe.

This will serve as the hub of information about the storm - how many inches are out there, where the power is out, what parts of the borough to avoid - throughout the storm. We will update it regularly. And, since this is a community forum, we encourage readers to share with us information in our comments field and photos/videos in our media upload section.

Meanwhile, Naugatuck officials are preparing for the storm:

  • Mayor Bob Mezzo tells people to stay safe and to make sure they are prepared for the storm.
  • Naugatuck schools are closed today, Friday, in preparation for the storm.
  • The National Weather Service says there is no chance we won't see a snow storm on Friday, and that it could be a big one.

As always, stay safe. 

Justine Walsh February 09, 2013 at 11:56 PM
cough, cough!!! Last call was at 7am.... NOT a peep since!!!! Burr, I feel a bit of a chill!!
Aimee February 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Many of you need to take a deep breath and snuggle up with some cocoa and Netflix. Yes, there is 3 feet of snow outside your door. Well guess what? There's that much outside my door, your neighbor's door, and everyone else's door too. This isn't a normal amount of snow, and many of the private contractors who plow our roads on a normal snow day have plows that aren't tall enough to move the snow. I'm sorry you have things to take care of and places to be, but Mother Nature isn't going to lighten her blow because of that. We're all reeling from this storm, and I'm sure many of us discovered today it's hard to shovel snow that's up to our waists! Please take the time to understand that none of us could have predicted this much snowfall and those guys are breaking their backs to clear roads; or take the time to pack up and move south, maybe you won't have to complain about snow or taxes in another state.
Ken Hanks February 10, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Justin, another message will be going out shortly. As of the current time, the Borough has the following Public Works and Contractor equipment plowing roads and removing snow: 5 loaders, 5 large plow trucks and 2 backhoes. Crews are currently working in multiple locations attempting to open and widen main roads, and are beginning to address some of the side streets off the main roads.
Justine Walsh February 10, 2013 at 12:20 AM
@ Ken Hanks,Hmmm, Justin... It's Justine, Let's be politically correct here... Sorry that hurt a little!
Ken Hanks February 10, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Sorry about that Justine, it's been a long day here.
Chris February 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM
@ Ken thanks for the update. Any idea if they will be working through the night?
Ken Hanks February 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Yes, we are having plow crews work over night.
Chris February 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Never mind. Just got the CodeRed communication in which they said they would be.
Justine Walsh February 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Your forgiven!!! Thank you for your services, I truly mean that, I'm just annoyed ... When you have a job; and people depend on you, I can't just tell my clients, oops excuse me I cleaned my property, but my town hasn't plowed my roads, and therefore I can't perform my duties... I (meaning myself ) just can not unjustified that as a reason, so I will have depend on outside resources'... Hope everyone remains safe, thanks for the friendly debate!
Dan Yannantuono February 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Ken, thank you so much for the update. I'm on Frederick Street and we are stuck here as well. I've got two young ones and it just makes me nervous not having a route out if necessary. I totally understand the situation and I thank you and everyone for all of your hard work. Please keep us posted of the situation and any progress that is made. Also, please let us know if there is anything that we can do to make things easier for you guys. THANKS AGAIN!!!
Joey Roderiguez February 10, 2013 at 01:12 AM
The most important thing is to be notified. Not knowing what is going on drives me a little crazy! I'm sure the people working are bustin their rear-ends. Just glad that we got an update. Hopefully, when the alarm clock goes off at 4am, I'll see pavement outside, otherwise - a day off with no pay! I'll snuggle up to my pillow tonight!
Aaron February 10, 2013 at 01:15 AM
I got a few bucket loaders if that would help
Justine Walsh February 10, 2013 at 01:41 AM
""nay-sayers" , to show a little more respect, instead of merely constantly criticizing. Enjoy a little more time with your families"... I have been pondering this part of your post, since you posted this comment; and I am wondering, what you mean by "nay-sayers"? So, if you would oblige me, I would greatly appreciate.
Justine Walsh February 10, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Joey... Love your analogies ... Happy snuggling with your pillow!
Scott Slauson February 10, 2013 at 01:47 AM
I would like to say that while I couldn't make it to your business today from the weather I will tomorrow and I'm very hungry :). I enjoy your restaurant along with many others in Naugatuck and support you.
Ken Hanks February 10, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Aaron: If you do have them available, please contact the emergency operations center tomorrow, 203-720-7081. If no one answers please leave a voice mail. I will pass your information along to the public works director.
Chesters Mom February 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Can you tell us in what areas they're working because the last vehicle we saw was a payloader heading down Lewis Street at 7 A.M. yesterday morning! We are on Russell Street .
Paul Singley February 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM
The town put out the following information on the snow plow schedule at midnight Saturday/Sunday: http://naugatuck.patch.com/articles/naugatuck-gives-update-on-plowing-schedule
naugyresident February 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM
At least you had someone plow once, no sign....3ft of pristine snow on my street.
naugyresident February 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Aimee have you checked with people in surrounding towns? Their streets are cleared. And not predicting this amount of snowfal? . Do you not have a TV, a radio, gossipy neighbors? Come one. Sure, when you have no where to go its great to be bundled up inside, but that's no excuse for poor planning and lack of resources, and don't blame the budget either. It's just poor planning.
jo biker February 10, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Lack of equipment, old equipment and the few drivers we have are way overworked..but lets buy an "eyesore"(General Data Com) for 2 million!???! Lets get it together Mezzo, priorities first!!!!!
steve behlman jr February 10, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Jo biker great comment!
Tax Man February 10, 2013 at 08:57 PM
You forgot about another 750k for the Andrew Mountain land. We did get a partial grant on the wetlands area of it from the state.... Keep in mind that the Burgesses also voted for these items.
Kevin O'Shea February 11, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Mayor Bob, you need to step up and ask your public works director to step down or take complete responsibility for this situation. No other community near us has the snow removal issues that Naugatuck has. This is not the fault of your plow drivers or contractors, this is leadership failure BIG TIME. Sorry, but I am not buying into the "blizzard of the Century" rhetoric. This was a major storm, no doubt, with ample time to prepare and ample manpower to get the job done properly during the storm. Plows were taken off the road on Friday while other towns continued to clear. A town with the resources as ours should not have to resort to payloaders and citizens with snowblowers to clear our roads. Beacon Falls and Oxford and Middlebury have been clear since Sunday afternoon. Naugatuck Failure.
Vox Populi February 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM
If everything is so great in all these other towns, then why are their schools closed on Tuesday as is Naugatuck's?
K February 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Everyone needs to stop whining. It's not just Naugatuck that has problems. They're doing the best they can. Give them a break!!!!!
Grumpy Guy February 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Kevin, you are clearly clueless. EVERY town & city is dealing with issues like this. And when you have over 160 towns in the state ALL looking for extra help at the same time, what can you expect??? And this Storm Of the Century is NOT "rhetoric" we got nearly THREE FEET of snow across this entire town. Thats beyond a major snow storm. How many times can YOU count that we got three feet in a single storm? I can only think of one other time- 1978 and that one shut the whole state down for a week.
Marc Angiolette February 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM
It is Tuesday morning and once again village circle has still not been cleared this is bull is the town going to pay me my lost wages.
John 85 February 12, 2013 at 02:45 PM
wow, what a wheel loader operator that cleared High Ridge at 2 in the morning, operate the loader like a skilled surgeon and made sure to take caution when piling snow in the yards, the plow/salt truck worked as a Team , never stopping. Just a thank you for their effort after working so many hours, they need to keep that Team on file for the future,amazing work ethic
Joey Roderiguez February 12, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Marc - the town won't be able to afford to pay you because this cleanup is costing a FORTUNE! I heard that the town employees are planning a five star vacation this summer because of the $$$ they made!! But - let us not worry about the pay because our faithful governor has asked our superior president for the 'emergency' funds to help cover costs of this storm!!! And the best part: ONLY hardworking US taxpayers will have to help pay the bill!! Ok - I'm quitting my job!!!

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