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Stratford Schools Closed Monday AND Tuesday

Many roads in town remain unplowed as of Sunday morning.

Updated Sunday 12:20 p.m.

Stratford Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday as public works crews work around the clock to open every road in town, Marc Dillon, the mayor's chief of staff, told Stratford Patch in an email Sunday afternoon.

All town facilities also will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dillon said.

"Every resource in our fleet is on the road and we have outside contractors and mutual aid from other towns assisting," he wrote. "Given the recent blizzard and record snow fall, Cleanup will continue over the next several days.

"We are asking employers to be mindful that many employees are unable to make it in to work. This fact should be considered when deciding whether or not to open any business.

"Please remain off of the roads as additional traffic will only hinder recovery efforts," Dillon continued. "I would like to remind residents that we still under a state of emergency. I ask that you remain safe and I thank you for your continued patience."

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Our original report folllows. 

Stratford Public Schools will be closed Monday as the town continues to dig out from a blizzard that dropped upwards of three feet of snow Friday into Saturday.

Many roads in town have yet to be plowed, according to comments left by residents on this Patch article.

One resident wrote she talked to someone at the town's Emergency Operations Center and was told the hope Sunday is to plow "at least one path through each street in town by the end of [the day]."

Marc Dillon, the mayor's chief of staff, said the historic proportions of the storm, the sheer volume of snow -- five feet in many spots -- is making it difficult and time-consuming to plow.

Rumors that the town's plows ran out of diesel fuel were denied by Dillon.

Dillon said "36 plows, 32 salt/sanders [and] multiple payloaders are out removing snow."

Residents are still urged to stay off the roads. For additional information, residents can call the Emergency Operations Center at 203.380.6757.

Town Hall will also be closed until Wednesday, Feb. 13, according to a message on the town's website.

Theresa February 11, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Considering past storms and experience, opening schools in 3 days is wishful thinking. Plan on the week off. Despite the valiant efforts of our PW crew and help from the National Guard, there are 13 school parking lots that have to be cleared along with drives leading into them.
Tom February 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I say nix the school parking lots....let people go to work...get groceries and medicine...that will be an issue shortly! Then you will have a real mess!!!
Carolyn P. February 12, 2013 at 02:54 PM
In all honesty, don't worry about the schools. Worry about the people that are still stuck inside of their homes and can not get out. Think about the elderly and how their relatives can't come to check on them. Shut school down for the week, give us our break now, and call it that. There are more important things out there like people have said and I'm pretty sure lordship is a mess just like the rest of the streets. Focus mainly on people going to work so that way they could pay their taxes and keep their houses.
Jack February 12, 2013 at 02:57 PM
we have received a daily call on updates - register for the updates with Town Hall
Theresa February 12, 2013 at 03:44 PM
If you live on Nichols Avenue you know that one kind soul in a white pickup with a plow attachment actually cleared a path down this state highway a day BEFORE the State came through. I don't know who he was but he shamed them all in Hartford.

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