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(UPDATED 3:32 p.m.) Southington Begins Work on Small Roads, Subdivisions

Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback said work is coming along, but residents need to remain patient - and make sure heating vents are cleared of snow.

UPDATED: Saturday, 3:32 p.m.
Crews are making progress on the roads and are hoping to have most people free from the snow's grip on road's before the end of the day. The goal is to clean a path through every town road before shutting down for the night.

In all, Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback said 40 separate crews are working to make it happen:

The highway crew has 40 vehicles throughout Town clearing our roads. The mains are all clear and they are working on the smaller roads and beginning the subdivisions. This is a long and difficult process that sometimes can take an hour of back and forth plow work to clear a single block.

The highway staff is trying to clear a path on all town roads before they shut down for the night.

I will update you around 7:00p with a status.

A no travel ban remains in effect statewide, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced this afternoon that the ban will be lifted at 4 p.m. Residents are, however, cautioned to use the roads in a limited way as many stores remain closed and work is still being done.

"While we are lifting the ban on travel this afternoon at 4 p.m., I still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible," said Malloy said.  "Crews are out clearing roadways as we speak, but the fact is we are going to feel the impact of this storm for some time. The longer we can keep traffic out of town centers and off of our highways, the more effective our recovery effort will be."

UPDATE: Saturday, 1:38 p.m.
From Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback:

This is the final update from the state but we will keep you posted until all roads are passable.

We continue to have plows working hard and they are starting to make significant headway.  Please keep in mind that we do not (nor should we) staff for historic events. This was a historic event. Our crews will do all they can to make all roads passable before they depart for the evening.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

ORIGINAL STORY
Southington is buried under 26.9 inches of snow, the official totals provided by the National Weather Service, and some people are stuck in areas that had drifts ranging from four to five feet.

The message from Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback on Saturday morning was clear and direct - be patient, because it's going to take time and effort to dig out of the record-setting snow dumped throughout the community. Residents should be aware and make sure to shovel out their heating vents first, however.

"The largest number of calls we've received, and the biggest safety hazard, is related to homes affected by carbon monoxide hazards," Brumback said. "We are asking all residents to please address their heating vents first to prevent issues."

Staff with the Southington Public Works Department have been working non-stop since 4 a.m. Friday to prepare roads and keep main arteries clear of snow for emergency purposes. Some staff is currently assigned to assist the Southington Police Department and Southington Fire Department with emergency calls.

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Brumback said that despite conditions, workers were on the roads for all but 1.5 hours since before the storm and will continue to work through 4 p.m. Saturday to clear as many roads as possible. Main roads will remain the priority and residents living in more secluded locations will have to exercise patience.

"We are fighting hard just to keep emergency vehicles with their access and main roads open," he said. "This will continue until 4 p.m. today and then we will have no choice but to pause for 12 hours to get these guys rested. We expect to finish the last of the roads by Sunday evening."

"The reality is there are going to be places that don’t have snow plow access until Sunday. We are working as quickly as possible to help get people out, but we need residents to exercise patience during this tough cleanup."

Areas not addressed by Saturday evening will be a priority on Sunday, Brumback said, and all residents will have access to roads and to be able to have plows assist with their own cleanup by Sunday afternoon. The last of the roads should be addressed on Sunday evening.

School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr. and School Operations Director Fred Cox have been made aware of the situation, but no decision has been made regarding whether schools will open on Monday at this point.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Saturday morning extended a no travel ban until further notice while the state attempts to dig free of the mess. Many main roads are cleared, his staff indicated in a press release, but there are still others that will remain covered including certain highway lanes as workers try to address the massive accumulation.

Southington police said Saturday morning that there have been dozens of calls about disabled vehicles getting stuck in the snow and are urging residents to comply with the no travel ban to prevent further issues.

Spin-outs, minor accidents and medical calls have also kept police very busy, Brumback said, but fortunately there have not been any reports of injuries related to the storms.

There is a bit of good news, however. As of 10 a.m. Saturday, no residents in the community were ever left without power, according to Connecticut Light & Power officials.

"We're happy to say, that has not been an issue here. As long as residents are able to clear their heating vents, most everyone should be able to safely remain in their homes," Brumback said.

Other Notes
The town has suspended the requirement to clear sidewalks for the time being as snow plows continue to work diligently to clear snow from roads. Brumback said he is not asking residents to have their sidewalks clear only to have them have to do it several times before Sunday night...

Snow removal can be extremely difficult, especially for those without snowblowers. Take a look at our tips to avoid problems and injuries as you dig out...

Have an emergency? Call 911 to get help. That's what the Southington Police Department is there for. For all non-emergency calls, contact the department at (860) 621-0101.

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Ryan February 09, 2013 at 11:15 PM
I understand that plowing is a long and tiring effort, however, shouldnt the town make sure that at least there is a passable lane on each road?? I understand not clearing each road to perfection, however emergency vehicles can NOT even attempt to get down my road as it had not been touched since 10:15 last night.....very disheartning.
Dave February 09, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Same here.
Bryan February 09, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Agreed
T February 10, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Agreed. They will now have a tough time with the end of our streets that they now have plowed in with a min of 8 feet....I guess you need to be important in this town to get plowed out early and have continuous plows going through the neighborhood
Bryan February 10, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Update?
Mick February 10, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Not sure I have ever seen it this bad.....havn't seen a plow in 2 days? This storm shouldn't have been a big shock...the news predicted we would get this much, so why so unprepared?
Ryan February 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM
I have heard that plow trucks were given the evening off after working for so many hours. 12 hour break from 4pm-4am. Plowing will resume at 4am. Again, I have no first hand knowledge or any proof this is true, however no plows have been anywhere near my road.
Ryan February 10, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Many other Patch websites have put up a "Is you're street plowed" post. Im sure It would be appreciated by residents if editors could do this for Southington.
Jason Vallee (Editor) February 10, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Hi Guys, Sorry for the bit of the delay, I was busy spending hours clearing my car before the cold temperatures hit. Our apartment complex itself has not been cleared and we are at the mercy of the snow removal company at this point. I have also been working to see that Cheshire residents are also kept up-to-date on the latest in their town. For those wondering, however, here is the latest update. I last saw a snow plow at 6:50 p.m. in the Plantsville area: http://southington.patch.com/articles/crews-working-to-make-roads-passable-but-cleanup-could-take-days Stay safe! -Jason
Jason Vallee (Editor) February 10, 2013 at 04:25 AM
Hi Ryan, I'm sorry I missed your comment before. I have set that post for you guys, for 4:45 a.m., so that we can start giving you an outlet. It's been a long day for everyone and I'm sure there will be more frustrations come morning. -Jason
Daniel W. February 10, 2013 at 04:47 AM
The town plowed all of Mooreland drives snow into a neighbors driveway on East Mt drive. Please help and clear out the 12 foot piles at the end of their driveway. It's not right. Please fix it.
Daniel W. February 10, 2013 at 04:48 AM
It's the house on East Mt drive at the end of Mooreland Drive.
Melissa February 10, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Street still not plowed. Extremely unacceptable! Is this the first storm for Southington? Thank goodness no medical issues at the moment, I'd be dead because no one could get here!
Jack McBride February 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Still haven't been plowed.
Chris February 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM
I know snow removal has been difficult, but living on a cul de sac, does have disadvantages...There is only so much room to put the snow, but leaving huge heaping piles in front of driveways, like mine too, is rediculious. Good way of keeping people home and off the roads. Hoping another payloader comes by today to finish the job.
Daniel W. February 10, 2013 at 02:11 PM
It's criminal what they did to the house on East Mt drive. (End of Mooreland Drive). If there was an emergency I see major liability. Please send someone to fix this.
Jack McBride February 10, 2013 at 03:41 PM
This is a clown show .Hawthorne Dr.& other streets off Flanders still not plowed.
Ken Baldwin February 10, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Williamsburgh, North Star, White Sail, Windward all remain untouch. Some information...any information would be helpful. Tell us something Mr. Brumback.
Veritas February 11, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Why the heck to we the citizens have to notify the town administration of where they have to plow. With all the latest technology and management talent we hear about, you guys need a seeing eye dog. Shameful handling of this snow event. You ought to be fired, Mr. Brumback.
John Leary February 11, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Many people are asking how to connect with the Town of Southington to receive and to provide information. Please pass this along to all your contacts in Southington and post on Facebook. • Residents who use Facebook can friend the "Town of Southington" and "Southington Police Department" pages. • Town of Southington Web Site www.Southington.org • Local on-line news service - Southington Patch http://southington.patch.com/ • To send messages to Town Management and Town Council and Board of Finance - "Rescue a Buck" - Is a web tool, on the Town of Southington web site, that accepts anonymous and identified comments that are then routed to Town Management and Elected Officials. If you provide an address you will receive one or more responses, as your comments go to many people. If you report anonymously your comments will reach intended parties but you will not receive a reply. http://www.southington.org/content/5147/17056.aspx

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