Saturday Feb. 9, 2013 at 10 a.m. – This is a winter storm update from Emergency Management Director Craig Mansfield and First Selectman Mark Walter.
Winter Storm Charlotte has dumped a significant amount of snow on our town overnight. Our public works crews have been working hard all night to clear the roads.
Prior to the storm, the town contracted for additional manpower and equipment from local contractors. Those contractors will be assisting our town crew with clearing roadways and intersections. Please understand, based on the amount of snow we have received, this will be a multi-day process.
Residents are asked to be patient. We will get to your road as soon as possible. Emergency calls will be given priority.
The governor has ordered all the roads closed for vehicular traffic except for emergency vehicles. This ban is expected to stay in place at least until this evening.
The Governor has also declared a state of emergency. We have also declared a local state of Emergency for the Town of East Haddam.
It is critical right now that residents stay off the roads, so that our Public Works Crews can continue their efforts to clear our roadways for Emergency Vehicles and First Responders, in the event you have an emergency.
This is a record-setting storm. It’s going to take time to dig out of the snow. Stalled or abandoned vehicles will only slow that process.
Residents are asked to please check on and assist elderly or disabled friends, neighbors and family members.
Also, it is important that you clear out any vents from your house that are blocked by snow. Blocked vents create a significant risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Residents using generators or supplemental heating sources need to make sure they are also correctly ventilated outside of the home.
Please use extreme caution when trying to dig out your driveways and walkways. Do a little at a time to avoid injuries. (In the event of an injury or medical emergency) Medical assistance could be delayed.
For emergencies or health-related issues, please call 911 immediately.
To report power outages, call CL&P at 800-286-2000.
For all other non-emergency, safety and welfare issues please call 860-873-5103.
Any future updates will be posted on our town website, Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the day.
Thank you and Be Safe.
Posted February 9, 2013
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