"It's a Disaster"

As residents become weary and patience wears thin, Public Works pushes on in its quest to rid town roads of 40" of snow from the largest storm in four decades.


Hamden began the big dig out Saturday and will continue today to try to recover from the worst snowstorm to hit the town and the state in at least 40 years.

Many roads remained untouched as Public Works struggled to plow town roads while aiding emergency vehicles that couldn't navigate the 40" of snow that covered the area. Overnight Friday many firetrucks were stuck and needed payloaders to get freed, and ambulances required Public Works escorts to get to calls.

On Saturday only the most serious emergencies were dispatched as fire and police continued to contend with the elements.

"It's a disaster," Mayor Scott Jackson said in an interview with CNN. The town earned the dubious distinction of being on the receiving end of the largest accumulation of the storm with 40" of snow reported.

On Saturday, the town was able to secure a private contractor to work with Public Works, and on Sunday there will be three more, Chief Administrative Officer Curt Leng said, "as the Department of Public Works shifts from emergency management to clear-out.

"The record snow made emergency calls the focus of much of the night and a good portion of day work today," he said on the town's Facebook page. "To fully understand the situation, and for a reference point, 11 Public Works [vehicles] were stuck in the snow in the heart of the blizzard tonight. Even on flat surfaces, vehicles designed and built for the snow were unable to operate and many were getting stuck."

Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Saturday submitted a request for a presidential emergency declaration in the wake of Friday’s historic winter storm, which if approved will have important implications for Hamden, reportedly the worst hit municipality on the East Coast.

“As we continue with the recovery from this historic winter storm, I am asking the federal government to provide us assistance with this process,” Malloy said.  “If granted, this declaration would provide much needed help to our state.

"If granted, the emergency declaration will provide for direct federal assistance, including possible snow removal equipment and personnel, power generation, and other commodities," according to the governor's office.  "An emergency declaration does not provide federal disaster funding.  

"Because it appears that most if not all counties have received record or near record snowfall, it is anticipated that a preliminary damage assessment will be conducted to determine if those counties are eligible for a major disaster declaration."

Dan Garrett February 10, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Future commenters, most are sick and tired of your complaining and belly aching. Relax, stop your rotten negative comments. The Hamden public works and Mayor Jackson are doing a fine job.
Thomas Alegi February 10, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Dan are you getting perplexed because Democrat L/C members are telling Hamden residents, who have called them, that Mayor Jackson did not take their advice to hire private contractors to help clear the streets of Hamden of snow, before the blizzard hit Hamden. If so Dan, you should heed your own words, “Relax” and stop being so negative about how concerned people comment.
Sarah Bridge February 10, 2013 at 04:36 PM
This is not about complaining. It is about safet. People cannot get out of their homes in an emergency. Some people are caring for elderly or ill relatives and have no way of getting assistance because their streets have not been touched.
John P. Flanagan February 10, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Danny Boy, Don't like them; Don't read them. That's politics not a gadfly view such as you have. On more intelligent matters, folks the Public works department is doing the best they can with the equipent they have. Unfortunately, after 10 years of decimation, that's no longer up to snuff for a storm of this proportion. Just attempted to connect with the Town website to drop an email. And, discovered I will now have to do a work around because the website is currently operating on Facebook. That's is a site with such problems, when it comes to privacy and security, that more and more private sector companies are isolating it from their main websites. That's if they allow its use at all. Most companies I do business with have security problems with it and don't use it. It is however, a way to keep contact to a minimum for those who don't trust its safety and security.
Imma DiMeo February 10, 2013 at 05:59 PM
You are an ass like the mayor!!!!
a.capone February 10, 2013 at 06:19 PM
do we need to pull snow off our roofs?
General Ned Ludd February 10, 2013 at 09:17 PM
People CAN get out of their homes in an emergency...that's what 911 is for.
Sarah Bridge February 10, 2013 at 09:37 PM
By the time an emergency vehicle got through the over four feet of snow on the street it would be too late to do anything about an emergency. Anyone who does not understand that the Mayor's irresponsibility in not preparing for the storm has endangered every citizen is just as irresponsible and clueless as the Mayor.
The Milk Man February 10, 2013 at 10:48 PM
"Anyone who does not understand that the Mayor's irresponsibility in not preparing for the storm has endangered every citizen is just as irresponsible and clueless as the Mayor." I guess all the area Mayors/Chief Elected Officials are "irresponsible and clueless." This was not an isolated incident to Hamden. Everybody is vying for the same resources. .
Thomas Alegi February 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Funny thing Milk Man, when I was a kid the Milk Man delivered milk to the front door even before snow plows came down the road. LOL
Lisa Stone February 10, 2013 at 11:02 PM
We had an emergency in our complex and help arrived by foot and by pay loader. Thank you Hamden for managing a most difficult situation. We are snowed in but we will see you when wwe see you and that is fine. Thanks to public works!!
Debbie February 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Please plow our streets!!!!!!!!!! I need to get home to my elderly mother. I'm stranded at work.
Sarah Bridge February 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Just got a recorded call from the mayor to update citizens. It updated nothing. People want to know when the roads will be cleared. That information was not provided. As always, no real communication from the mayor.
Thomas Alegi February 11, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Just received a call 7:15pm Sunday from Mayor Jackson with a snow removal update. Out of state contractors are coming to Hamden to help with the snow removal. Go to Hamden’s web page for the text of the mayor’s call
J Daw February 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Anyone that thinks that the Mayor of Hamden is doing a good job during the aftermath of this storm is sorely mistaken. It is now almost 36 hours since the end of this storm and from the beginning no plow has gone down my street in northwest Hamden, Lack of preparedness is not an acceptable answer. In my military career we always followed the 5P rule: prior planning prevents poor perfromance, Obviously this Mayor never was trained in that mode.
Thomas Alegi February 11, 2013 at 01:15 AM
The Blizzard hit the northeastern United States with a fierce intensity that etched itself into people's memories. An unrelenting fury of heavy snows, bitter cold, and high winds pounded the region in a storm that lasted for three days in mid-March. The storm took people by surprise, and many were unprepared for the resulting isolation and destruction. Snow was measured in Connecticut between twenty and fifty inches, but high winds caused snowdrifts up to twenty feet in several areas. In one twenty-four hour period, thirty-one inches of snow fell in New Haven with forty-five inches as the total by the end of the storm. Railroad service was halted, businesses had to shut down, and citizens of the state were imprisoned in their homes while the storm raged. It took days for many to dig themselves out. This was the blizzard of 1880 not 2013
The Milk Man February 11, 2013 at 02:05 AM
If folks haven't learned by now, it is imperative that each household/buiness have an emergency preparedness plan for self sufficiency for the first 72 hours after an event. This town could clearly improve it's crisis communication plan the community. Other communities have done a much better job setting and communicating reasonable expectations and progress (see Waterbury Mayor's Twitter, Facebook and official website).
Sarah Bridge February 11, 2013 at 01:51 PM
There has not been a plow on Cooper Lane since Friday morning.
a.capone February 11, 2013 at 02:02 PM
we are on a dead end off your road, please let us know when the plows get there
Don Charles February 11, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Yeah Dan, we know it's all bush's fault.


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