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Storm Hub: Schools Closed Tues & Wed [UPDATE]

Everything you need to know, from the latest local weather forecast to safety tips, and possible school and road closures, all in one place.

 

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Update at 8:20 p.m. Feb. 11:

Milford City buildings will be closed to the public on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The City is going to devote all local resources to "moving mountains of piled snow."

Update at 2:33 p.m. Feb. 11:

A family of four was involved in an accident with a motor vehicle on Bridgeport Avenue. Two of the family members are in critical condition, one has minor injuries and one was uninjured. 

It's believed that the sidewalks were not cleared at the time of the accident, according to Milford Police.

Update at 1:27 p.m. Feb. 11:

  • Milford Public Works Director says it's 'impossible to tell which streets have been completed'
  • National Guard is coming to Milford to help remove snow.
  • Milford Schools closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Update at 9:36 a.m. Feb. 11:

A Milford resident writes: "How can the city justify using an excavator to clear the parking lot at jonathan law when the streets are in such poor condition & still so many roads untouched?"

Update at 12:17 a.m. Feb. 10:

There's a 2-vehicle accident on I-95N between exits 38 & 39A. North bound lanes are closed. 

Update at 11:47 p.m. Feb. 10:

Mayor Ben Blake will be conducting a press conference on Monday, February 11 at 11 a.m at City Hall.

Update at 11:46 p.m. Feb. 10:

Milford City buildings are closed to the public on Monday, February 11.

Update at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 10:

City of Milford says that 650 Milford streets have been cleared.

Update at 12:13 p.m. Feb. 10:

Woodmont names roads to be plowed, still waiting for a City list.

Update at 11:27 a.m. Feb. 10:

An accident has shut down I-95 in Milford.

Update at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 9:

Milford City Hall says it will take a 'couple days' to shovel out the streets.

Update at 4:52 p.m. Feb. 9:

Have plows been to your street yet? A conversation is going on at the Milford Patch Facebook page.

Update at 3:20 p.m. Feb. 9:

Travel ban will be lifted by Governor Malloy at 4 p.m.

Update at 2:11 p.m. Feb. 9:

From the Mayor's Office:

A Snow Emergency remains in effect for the City of Milford. Many roads remain impassible.

It is imperative that people stay off the roads to ensure that abandon vehicles dont make things difficult for the snow plows.


Update at 1:59 p.m. Feb. 9:

Milford CT City Hall offers the following snow storm safety tip:

Unusually high snow drifts can block side vents for furnaces and heating appliances. This increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If your furnace has a side vent, please make sure there is proper clearance so the equipment can function properly.

Update at 1:35 p.m. Feb. 9:

65 in Milford without power.

Update at 1:12 p.m. Feb. 9:

American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman has said: “We are working closely with state and local government to plan for sheltering needs, but right now, the safest place to be is your home."

“Travel is restricted in the state and the best thing to do is stay home until you are told it is safe to travel.”

Update at 11:48 a.m. Feb. 9:

Governor Malloy says snow clean-up will take a 'number of days.'

Update at 11:40 a.m. Feb. 9:

Rev. Karl H. Duetzmann, Pastor has announced that The United Church of Christ in Devon is canceling their service for tomorrow.

Update at 11:09 a.m. Feb. 9: 

Here's a distinction we don't necessarily want: Milford got the most snow of any city or town in the tri-state region.

Update at 10:48 a.m. Feb. 9:

Governor Malloy has ordered all roads be shut down throughout the state.

A Danbury man has died during the blizzard, after falling off his porch.

Updated at 10:42 a.m. Feb. 9:

Here's what Milford residents are saying about the storm on Milford Patch's Facebook page:

  • Milford Resident: "We are snowed in - literally - public works created an 8'+ high snow bank in front of our driveway - the only house on the street with that much snow."
  • Milford Resident: "Has anyone seen a snow plow? I haven't seen one since yesterday......."

 

Updated at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 8:

Check out this map to see how much snow has fallen in Milford.

Updated at 10:13 p.m. Feb. 8:

As on 10 p.m., Metro-North has suspended service.

Updated at 7:52 p.m. Feb. 8:

Until 8 PM, Metro-North will operate a reduced schedule. 

Between 8 PM and 1 AM (Sat., 2/9), we will operate limited service.  On the Hudson Line, there will be hourly service in both directions. On the New Haven and Harlem Lines, there will be hourly inbound (to NY) service and half-hourly outbound service out of Grand Central. 

There is the potential for further service reductions as the severity of the storm intensifies. See http://alert.mta.info/status/3 for schedules/details.

Updated at 2:43 p.m. Feb. 8:

Milford Fire Department details their storm preparations.

Updated at 12:42 p.m. Feb. 8:

North Street Closed by Woodruff Road: "Best for people to heed warnings and stay home," said Milford Police.

Updated at 11:19 a.m. Feb. 8:

A car has struck a tree on North Street in Milford.

Update at 11:08 a.m. Feb. 8:

Today's Milford Schools snow day will be made up very soon: kind of soon.

Update at 10:40 a.m. Feb. 8:

Ed Bonessi, Jr., Warden of the Burrough of Woodmont, sent out the following message about safety in Woodmont during this storm:

The Borough is preparing for a possible significant snow storm.Help us help you by removing all vehicles from the streets. If it is impossible to remove your vehicle then at least follow the city's alternate side parking plan.

If you do not need to leave please stay home until the storm has passed and we have had time to clear the streets.

We expect to have the roads passable by some time Saturday afternoon depending on the storm's severity and duration.

Sincerely,

Ed Bonessi, Jr - Warden

Update at 10:32 a.m. Feb. 8:

Milford Recreation has cancelled all events for Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 8-10.

Update at 10:28 a.m. Feb. 8:

The DMV is closed today and Saturday.

Update at 10:19 a.m. Feb. 8:

The Milford Chamber of Commerce has cancelled today's ribbon cutting at L.A. Fitness at Westfield Shoppingtown Connecticut Post Mall.

Updated at 5:34 p.m. Feb. 8:

Milford now expected to get 10-14 inches of snow over the next three days.

Updated at 4:46 p.m. Feb. 8:

What's in a winter travel survival kit?

One may include:

  • Snow brush
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Booster cables
  • Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods, such as nutrition bars, raisins andpeanut butter
  • Compass and road maps
  • Shovel
  • Flares
  • Extra clothing to keep dry
  • Sack of sand or cat litter (to use for tire traction)

Updated at 4:44 p.m. Feb. 8:

  • The State of Connecticut Insurance Department is offering tips on winter damage claims.
  • The Red Cross has tips on safely driving through a snow storm, if you must go out.

Updated at 4:39 p.m. Feb. 8:

Milford Schools' have cancelled or delayed the following weekend events:

  • PTA Father/Daughter Sweatheart Dance on Friday, February 8th has been cancelled.
  • Foran High School Drama's Production of "Grease", scheduled for Saturday, February 9th, has been postponed until Sunday, February 10th. There are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances.

Updated at 3:09 p.m. Feb. 8:

The Milford Superintendent's Office has not yet made a call on whether or not schools will be open tomorrow. They will likely announce it in the morning, as usual, but it's also possible that they could post an early notice on their site tonight. You can also call 203-783-3400 and check here on Milford Patch.

Updated at 11:52 a.m. Feb. 8:

The City of Milford has declared an alternative side of the street parking ban.

CtLynn5 February 12, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Hal, I think you are sounding a bit obnoxious. What is with you and others telling anyone who is not happy with the city's performance to move or to supervise the clearing efforts next time? As tax payers, we pay the salaries of people who should be competent leaders. Our department heads do not volunteer their services. They get paid to do a job, as they should. Why is it unreasonable to expect good service from them?
Hal DePino February 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM
In my opinion David, the city did all it could do to be prepared and could have done nothing differently had 38" been predicted. Until it actually happens, you don't know what you are really dealing with. You can't call in the National Guard in advance, for instance. This was a snowfall like we have not had in recent history. The equipment any municipality has on hand is purchased with the norm in mind, not the abnormal. In the states that border Canada where they have this amount of snow on the ground for much of the winter, the school busses all have sanders on the back of them. Those communities prepare for what is normal to them. As to your school questions, I can't answer them because I don't know where you moved from. Were they required to be in school 180 days like we are here in CT? As far as closures, the decisions will never make everyone happy. I think they err on the side of caution because they transport so many kids in busses. You have to remember the kids are out standing on the side of the road waiting to be picked up. To CtLynn5 - I have never told anyone to move, taunted or talked like a bully. It's obvious some people are OK with the way this storm was handled and others are not. It's subject to personal opinion what is good service and what isn't. I think the situation was handled with a great deal of leadership. Will have to just agree to disagree. And I always thought of James Earl Jones as a gentleman.
Rick February 12, 2013 at 11:13 PM
I think it would be a great idea to review all the events that took place and determine how things could be improved for next time. Many towns did this after experiencing major power outages due to recent storms and made some significant improvements – even simple things like improved maps, updated contact information, better communications, what worked, what didn't, etc. Let’s face it, this was a significant event not experienced by many. However, the way the weather has been lately it may be more likely than not that we will experience this type of winter storm in the not too distant future. Let’s learn and see if we can improve for next time.
David Chesler February 13, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Counting them out, it works out the same, nevermind. Our old district was north of Boston, MA, and I think has 180 (? vs our 181) mandatory instruction days. Start 9/6, no school 10/8, 11/12, 11/22-23, 12/24-1/1, 1/21, 2/18-2/22, 3/29,4/15-4/19, 5/27, last day 6/25 based on 5 snow days (185 instruction days planned.) Milford calendar as planned: Start 8/29, no school 9/3, 9/17, 9/26, 11/6, 11/12, 11/22-23, 12/24-1/1, 1/21, 2/18-2/22 [now canceled], 3/29, 4/15-4/19 [as planned], 5/27,last day 6/21. So by opening in late August we got 5 extra days (not Labor Day, but 8/29-8/31,9/4-9/5), less 2 for Jewish Holidays, less Election Day, less 6/24 and 6/25 is the same 185 days planned, so I guess we budget for 4 snow days to get to 181. As for my state highway department street, last night there were dump trucks every couple of minutes in the wee hours, loaded with snow heading north (I guess Eisenhower Park is the snow farm) and empty heading south.
David Chesler February 13, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Schools are closed for the rest of the week. I know a certain student who bet this would happen and left on a trip yesterday morning, planning to return Monday. Some things just aren't the same over a three-day weekend. It would have been nice of the schools to make the call Saturday so those who could take advantage of the week off being a week earlier than planned could have. Like most of us here I work 40 hours weeks 50 weeks a year, but I remember as a kid those breaks were nice, as we sprinted up to them and then restarted.

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