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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.

Matt February 10, 2013 at 04:52 PM
As I have written on the Town Hall Facebook page, Mr. Dillon and the mayor's teams need to be providing regular updates to the residents using social media. Rumors (or fact) such as no fuel and only 5 trucks are left running are flying because the mayor and his team are clueless in how to provide timely and accurate information to residents. And Jason, your statement that many roads are unplowed is the biggest understatement of the year. I certainly understand the enormity of the task at hand as this storm is of historic notability, but at 12 noon on Sunday, I feel safe to make the prediction that more than 50 % of the streets have not been touched by a plow. Nobody's fault, but the lack of information form our town leaders is inexcusable in this age of technology!
Matt February 10, 2013 at 04:55 PM
The town should be using software that can provide a link for residents to maps and/or spreadsheets sowing what roads have been plowed, where trucks currently are and where they are going next. People get angry and frustrated when they have no information...give some accurate and timely info and they may not like that their street isn't done yet, but they they may be less angry and less likely to do stupid things out of frustration.
Matt February 10, 2013 at 04:59 PM
The two postings that have been placed on the Town Hall website since the initial declaration of emergency by the mayor are useless. One was posted at 8PM last night and state the mayor met with the office of emergency operations at 2PM. Why was the posting not made until four hours later....and the only info was that pow crews were working 24/7 and that we should shovel out fire hydrants. The second posting was made today to tell us town hall is closed until Wednesday...who cares. We couldn't get to town hall if we wanted too. Useful and timely info is paramount to a happy citizenry Mr. Harkins.
StacyO February 10, 2013 at 05:32 PM
We just got an official town call that stated schools would be closed Monday and Tuesday as well.
Laura Dobosz February 10, 2013 at 05:49 PM
I saw a representative on ch12 state that PW in new Canaan offered assistance and Stratford PW said we were all set, no thanks! Is this true?? I thank the Patch for keeping us as up to date as possible but the shame goes to town hall for poor communication to residents. We went through a hard winter two years ago with storm after storm.. We had snow disposal issues then too. We learned nothing?
yankee February 10, 2013 at 06:27 PM
the town should provide updated info for residents as to what streets are plowed.At least those of us who haven't even heard a town plow truck in the last 2 and a half days would know what progress is being made. Otherwise,when we've called friends and family in different sections of Stratford and they all say "not plowed" we begin to question what kind of job is being done and if the Mayor is on top of it.
Natalie February 10, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Can anyone tell what part of stratford is plowed because where I leave all the surrounding side street are not plowed and haven't heard any plows and is as if the news have forgotten about us need some answers.
Fred Silvestro February 10, 2013 at 07:08 PM
. This is the worse management of the storm that I ever saw in Stratford. Who's ever in charge of this should be fired. I plowed these streets for 20 years in Stratford I never saw such poor management. What they don't have the money to pay the guys over time. Where is all that high tax money gone in somebody's pocket. Shame shame on the public work management.
Tom February 10, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Lack of timely information needs to be the lead story!!! Lets call the TV stations!
Karen E Daden February 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Well instead of waiting for the Town my neighbors banded together and shoveled out our street Curtis off of Lighthouse. We made sure our seniors were ok. Belly aching has become the American past time. This storm was historic. Plowing is hard, even with a big plow. Just ask a driver. It would be really nice if the powers that be could just snap their fingers and poof its done. Self help people. It works. It forces you to get to know your neighbors. Try it. In emergencies like this patience and going out and just doing is the answer.
Tom February 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Thats great karen...none of our connecting roads..main roads...are plowed either So we may be hardy...but 3/4 mile of shoveling is a bit much But you know what..I'd do it if the town didnt keep making me think they are gonna be there! i'll stick to my main rant...LACK OF INFO= BIG ISSUES
OpportunistWatch February 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM
I just got back from driving down Main Street and it is bad. I saw a state plow stuck by the airport. There is literally one lane so if to trucks are coming at each other its impossible to move unless you go into a bank of 10' high snow. Its now dark and I can assume that is exponentially going to compound the problem of passing an on coming car. I saw a pay loader and two plows working on the side streets off of South Ave which is passable. I can tell you that this was not an easy storm to prepare for. I am one to be humble and admit when I am wrong. These plow drivers have a challenge on their hands for atleast a week, atleast.
Andrea February 11, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Patience. THANK YOU to our PD Dept., Fire Dept., Road Crews, for all you've done. This storm proves they do Hureculean work. We live on Nichols Ave., & one neighbor used his snow blower all the way down our front sidewalk. Sadly enough, our brand new snow blower broke! But,w/ the help from the guys above, one more day is made safer, & we'll function again. Now that we've experienced this type of emergency, we should be able to improve communication. More soft ware is so welcome.
OpportunistWatch February 11, 2013 at 12:21 AM
For anyone interested, this was sent via email at 5:08 pm by Mayor Harkins Around the clock snow removal efforts remain underway, with significant progress made on main streets and arteries over the last 24 hours. Public Works crew will continue to focus on secondary roads 24/7 until all roads have been cleared. Crews and contractors are working very hard to get the roads clear. If possible, please stay off the roads so they can do their jobs. If you must go out, use extreme caution. A couple of additional reminders: • Schools and municipal buildings will be closed on Monday, Feb. 11 and Tuesday, Feb. 12. • Garbage pickup is suspended until Wednesday, Feb. 13. • Please call 911 for emergencies, and 203-380-6757 for storm-related inquiries. • If Metro North is running on Monday, there are a limited number of spaces available due to the snowfall. • If there's a fire hydrant near you, we ask that you help dig it out. • Please do not push snow into the street once your road is clear. • Please take a moment and check on neighbors, especially if they are elderly or have special needs. Thank you for your continued patience as we work through the aftermath of this historic snowfall. Yours, John Harkins
Walt February 11, 2013 at 02:02 AM
PD and FD?!?
Judi February 11, 2013 at 03:39 AM
This snow was unprecedented. Given the amount of traffic we saw on Nichols yesterday (was that all NECESSARY, people?), it must have been impossible for folks to clear the streets in a timely manner. Regular plows just could not get it done. Payloaders with dump trucks are needed - how many of those do people think we have here? After spending all day today, shoveling down the drifts so we could snowblow (over 6 feet high is some places), I have a new appreciation for all those that do this work.
TARA SANTONE February 11, 2013 at 04:48 AM
WITH THE WAY THE ECONOMY IS PEOPLE NEED TO WORK!! WE CAN NOT BE SNOWED IN FOR DAYS!! RIDICULOUS.... THE TOWN SHOULD BE WELL AWARE THAT PEOPLE ARE IN SERIOUS NEED TO GET TO THEIR JOBS ON MONDAY TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILY AND THEIR IS NO EXCUSE AT ALL AS TO WHY THE TOWN IS NOT PREPARED WITH MORE PLOWS. I'M DISGUSTED WITH THEIR LACK OF NOT BEING PREPARED AT ALL. NOT FOR NOTHING I SAW ABOUT 10 DRIVE BY MY STREET.
TARA SANTONE February 11, 2013 at 05:05 AM
ALSO, I AM A COLLEGE STUDENT & GO TO SCHOOL IN NEW YORK. I HAVE NO PROBLEM TELLING MY TEACHER I CAN NOT ATTEND, YET IT IS A PROBLEM BECAUSE I HAVE A TEST I CAN NOT MISS & MY TEACHER IS THE TYPE TO HAVE NO REMORSE. THIS IS MY SENIOR YEAR, GRADUATING IN MAY. BUT OF COURSE STRATFORD IS A MESS AND OF COURSE I LIVE ON A DEAD END. I KNOW OTHER PEOPLE HAVE BIGGER ISSUES, BUT MY EDUCATION IS A BIG ISSUE.
jennifer February 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM
When will we know more? The blizzard hotline doesnt know anything. The lack of communciation is horrible. I have looked at several other patch websites and they reflect even just a little info to be helpful look at milford, they indicated they cleared 650 streets as of around 7 last night. Their mayor is having a press conference today at 11. And what do we know ....NOTHING. its a disgrace. I have to go to work today and i will be the only not there since even towns further north are not obviously 100% and roads are messy but the point is they can get out.
Tony torres February 11, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Good idea,but they don't do it because it will show what a bad job they're doing.We need someone like Bloomberg running stratford.
Tony torres February 11, 2013 at 01:39 PM
I tried calling townhall,and I got an answering service for god's sake.What a joke,the only significant snowstorm of the year and the mayor drops the ball!All I say is,don't forget what happened to Mayor Lindsay in NYC.
Tony torres February 11, 2013 at 01:44 PM
The drivers you saw might have been from Nichols avenue,because all my frends who live on side street like Van street are still plowed in,and is already 9:00 am,Monday.We need new blood to run this town.
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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