The following update was released by Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback on Wednesday morning:
Today's efforts mark a significant shift as we transition from road clearing to the work necessary to return the community back to normal. We have done all we can to push snow to the sides of the road and are now focusing on the much more equipment-heavy and labor-intensive process of snow removal. Crews will be out today working to remove snow from significant intersections, parking lots and areas where snow can't be pushed out of the way, in order to make traffic safe.
Additionally, town crews are clearing sidewalks for safe access in preparation for school reopening on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Snow removal requires special equipment, and we are very grateful to have the support of Northeast Utility (Yankee Gas and CL&P), which has donated a backhoe, a dump truck and two operators to assist us at no expense to our taxpayers.
I want to commend the town's parks staff for taking the initiative yesterday for beginning to clear the Rails to Trails. They don't' have the equipment needed to remove snow, but wanted to contribute, so they used the equipment they do have to start clearing the trail. Almost immediately, people began to use it.
Once again, I want to thank everyone for continued patience and support along with efforts to get information out to as many people as possible.