Many Hamden Roads Impassable, Town Looking for Help

Chief Administrative Officer Curt Leng said the town is seeking help from the state, private contractors and the National Guard to clear as much as three feet of snow from town roads.


The storm is over, but the headache it has left behind in Hamden is likely to linger for days.

Town Public Works crews are out in force cleaning up after the Blizzard of 2013, but it's slow going and likely to take some considerable time before the more than three feet of snow is cleared from town roads.

"Many roads are impassable," Chief Administrative Officer Curt Leng said Saturday afternoon. That's because many Public Works snowplow drivers have not been able to plow the streets but instead were diverted to helping police and fire officials navigate the roads overnight and into Saturday.

During the overnight hours fire engines police cars and ambulances were getting stuck in the snow and they responded to emergencies and required Public Works plows and payloaders to get them out and escort them down the snowy roads. 

"Public Works needed to reallocate a lot of its resources last night to help police and fire get to emergency calls and had to stop plowing all but main roadways." Leng said.

"There continues to be an allocation of resources to emergency services," he said, "but Public Works is back to putting the majority of its efforts to clearing the roads."

But it's still going to take time to get those roads clear because of the sheer amount of snow on them, he said, so much that just plowing them won't clear them. It's going to take actually removing the snow from the roads to get them clear, he said.

"The snow is so severe that plowing can't be done in most areas," Leng said, "and they are instead scooping, dumping and hauling the snow --similar to the leaf operation -- which is effective, but much slower than traditional plowing.

"The town is working on getting additional resources in from the state, the National Guard and private contractors to assist."

Gov. Dannel Malloy's traffic ban on all roads statewide except for emergency vehicles remains in effect, as does Mayor Scott Jackson's state of emergency for the town. 

Miguel Mayor February 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Dear John, I just spoke to the town counsel, they said; "Shovel your own walk way, that's owners own responsibility." Leave the government to slove problems you'll get delayed ineffective responses.
Rich C February 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Which diner were the 11 town plow trucks stuck at?
Rich C February 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM
BREAKING NEWS: Town officials are informing residents of Hamden that all dunkin of donuts locations are out of parking spaces due to town plow trucks occupying them. it is also rumored that the CEO of dunkin donuts has asked in the national guard to aid them in the delivery of donuts due to the heavy influx of town workers. All updated information will be given as it becomes available
cheryl February 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM
As we tried to dig out over this past weekend our street wasn’t plowed. It was the saving grace of our neighbors who took it upon themselves to plow our street with their pickup truck because they called the town only for the town to respond by saying it wouldn’t be until Wednesday before the town plow would be there and also stated that “we were not important”. Get that- tax payers on our street were not important. That is what our town officials think of their constituents. They really don’t care that we 1) have to get to work, 2) that we pay their salaries. What a group. By the way, if they had a plan from the beginning and plowed throughout the night this massive snow removal wouldn’t have happened. Poor Planning – as usual since the gov again proves themselves inefficient and incompetent.
Dale Coitrone February 11, 2013 at 04:28 PM
They are not that smart. The person's in charge of public work's do not have a clue how to get the job done.They can not direct a two car funeral. They should be replaced.
Carol Orticari February 11, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Thanks Thomas. I hear you clearly though I imagine everyone is swamped right now, but smart lawyers can handle all sorts of contracts.
Dale Coitrone February 11, 2013 at 04:42 PM
The person's in charge of public work should have seen the need to get help before the storm. They failed to have a plan in case the storm got out of hand.We need to look at who is running the show at public works. They have to get it right, when it come's to making the plans to deal with such a storm.
Dale Coitrone February 11, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Have not seen a plow truck or public work's truck of any kind. Blue hills ave is under 40 inches of snow. P.W.D can't come and make one path down the street. They should be ashamed. Mr Cesare should be replaced.
Linda C February 11, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Well they just sent a payloader down my street. It made a few passes and created an 8 foot wall of snow at one end. Unbeknownst to people trying to come down from the otherside, which is obstructed by a curve. Now 5 cars stuck with no way to turn around and too slippery to back out. I was so proud to be from Hamden after watching our delightful Mayor on channel 8 last evening. When other Mayors from other towns were gracious, apologetic and sympathized with their residents. Mayor Jackson was his usual curt, snippy self. Declaring that he didn't know where people thought they were going to go even if they got off their streets and that everyone should have been PREPARED for this, there was plenty of notification given. So why if there was plenty of notification wasn't there a plan in effect for PW employees to keep up with the snow. No plow came down my street after 8 pm on Friday and that's when the majority of it began to fall. Why when I look out my window at the HUGE piles of snow does it turn into a large mound of Money? Must be because that will be my tax increase to pay for this mess. Shovel out your For Sale Signs People. Hamden getting worse daily!
Linda C February 11, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Below is an excerp from an article in today's New Haven Register. If the Govenor and most Mayors are telling people to stay off the road. Why are employers insisting and even threatening their employees with their jobs if they don't come to work. Isn't the current situation stressful enough? SHAME ON THEM! "It’s just not safe to come out tomorrow,” he said. “Stay home.” DeStefano was flanked by Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo and West Haven Mayor John Picard as the four tried to hammer home that the region still has a long way to go because of the snow. “This is a historic storm,” said Jackson. “It is too much snow to plow.” With too much snow for many plows to handle, payloaders are being used widely to remove it, the mayors said. But unless people stay off the roads — both in their cars and on foot, the snow can’t be removed and that remains important today too, the mayors said.
Carol Orticari February 11, 2013 at 07:25 PM
All men. No women running for office?
John Houle February 11, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Mario , you sound like an apologist for the mayor and Leng. I was prepared, but the older people on my street did not have that luxury, and stop feeding everyone the line about record snow. I have family in Durham and they were all plowed out by Saturday PM. My daughter in Bethany was all plowed out by Sunday morning. I had to escort my Fiancee 1/1/2 miles to a point where someone could pick her up, because her boss did not understand like you figured he would . She had to get in to do a payroll in Shelton . Amazingly enough the woman who picked her up came from Northford , and she was plowed out . They drove through Woodbridge , Derby and Shelton to get to the office and they were plowed out . My fiancee spoke with her daughter in Ansonia and they were all plowed out Sunday Morning . Stop feeding everyone the line about Hamden . Yes, it is bad , but what is worse is they were not prepared . Amazing how all those other towns could get their people plowed out so quick. I guess the laws of physics don't apply in those towns .
Sarah Bridge February 11, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Because other towns were prepared and are plowed out, companies in those towns expect employees to show up for work. Hamden citizens still are unable to even leave their homes much less get to their employment. Notice that the town hall is closed. I guess they don't want to listen to all the phone calls they would get about when roads will be plowed. Part of Cooper Lane was done and then the equipment just left. Town still not doing its job.
cheryl February 11, 2013 at 08:15 PM
??? too much snow to plow??? more like poor planning. If they plowed thru the night into the following day, all the streets would have been cleared. Jackson could have had parking restrictions, one day even side, next day odd side of the street, then the snow would have been more manageable. We need to vote these morons out as they said our street residents "are not important" as we pay for their salaries, benefits, pensions. We should tell them they are not important enough as we hold back our tax dollars for their salaries. Thats what they said when my neighbor called because our street wasnt plowed. We're not important enough. I guess other residents are more important? Who are those VIP's? What area of Hamden do they live in? That should be an interesting question.
Carol Orticari February 11, 2013 at 08:18 PM
We vote so use your voices there. And who wants to run? Please let me know. You will need assistance. I am available.
Linda C February 11, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Wouldn't surprise me if Jackson held them back on purpose. More face time with Malloy! Working toward his ultimate goal of stepping on Hamden to get where he wants to be. SO CAROL DON'T JUST NOT VOTE HIM IN AGAIN FOR MAYOR, DON'T GIVE HIM YOUR VOTE WHEN HE RUNS FOR STATE REP OR CONGRESSMAN!
cheryl February 11, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Maybe held back, hype the story, gain federal dollars??? FREE $$$. but we know nothing is FREE. wonder what those strings would be. Could very well be.
Gary Schark February 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM
We still haven't seen a plow on Patterson Rd. It is a dead-end road that is only a block long. We are off of Rt. 22 and usually get plowed when 22 gets plowed. This was an historic storm. I wish we were plowed out, but I do understand that this was a most unusual situaion. Hamden is not alone. If anyone saw the WTNH noon news, they would be aware of similar situations in New Haven. Our 3 small electric heaters are maintaining a modicum of warmth, and we have 4 dogs and many quilts to help at night. We need to have the street plowed before our driveway guy can do our driveway, and he has to plow before we get a furnace repair man to fix our (relatively new) gas furnace. We have sufficient food and are not freezing. Let's try to be patient, Hamden citizens.
Dan Garrett February 12, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Linda, I'm not sure but I'm sensing a bit of racism.
Dan Garrett February 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM
I think the public works department is doing a great job. I think the town of Hamden is very fortunate to have a mayor with Scott Jackson's expertise. The bellyachers on this site are troublesome. Are you one of those?
MARK KATZ February 12, 2013 at 01:02 AM
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Carol Orticari February 12, 2013 at 09:16 AM
You can leave a message on the town's web site. There is a comment section. We found we were sent to FB as well and thought is rather disturbing. Sorry, but I think you can locate it on the homepage. I will check.
Carol Orticari February 12, 2013 at 09:24 AM
The submit a service request is on the home page. I submitted your request.
Carol Orticari February 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Lions and tigers and bears....
Carol Orticari February 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Oh my. This seems to become worse not better with time.
Carol Orticari February 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Gary, glad you are making the best of it. Thanks for your posts.
Carol Orticari February 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Don, perhaps they have had many different experiences and they are allowed to sound off and one can ignore if one so chooses. Please don't berate them. We all struggle with our own challenges. It is all ok.
Gary Schark February 12, 2013 at 05:45 PM
I saw a most beautiful sight about 11 A.M. today on Patterson Rd. There was a payloader and a large dump truck with a snow blade coming up our street! They made a truly outstanding sight. Yes, there are big piles out on the edge of the street, but progress is being made. My wife was even able to open the back door enoughg so our boy dogs could pee on the snow piles. I wish I could help her, but my apparent cardiac condition forbids it. I was able to contact a furnace guy, so we might have furnace heat this evening or tomorrow A.M. Life is looking up! Many thanks to all of the town employees and the town leadership who have worked so hard to deal with this historic storm. I think that some folks forget that we have not had a storm with this amount of snow since about the 1880s.
cheryl February 12, 2013 at 09:28 PM
really? you couldn't be more wrong.
Fidgty February 16, 2013 at 04:04 AM
Bottom line is its now Friday February 15 and this afternoon it took 45 minutes to get up Dixwell.


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