Update: Schools Closed Monday, Town Hall Open and All Primary Roads Open

Meriden City Manager Lawrence Kendzior gave the following update at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.


The President has declared a state of emergency in CT. This will allow the City to recover at least 75% of our costs. This is the fourth time in the last two years.

The City Manager and Public Works Director inspected and covered most sections of town (not all). All primary roads are open while most secondary roads are at least accessible. Approximately half of the tertiary streets are accessible. Many streets are very narrow, with one or one and a half lanes open. There are still large neighborhoods that are not open at all. There are isolated streets in certain sections that we will not get to until we finish other sectors.

All crews are still working and will continue to do so through the evening and into the night with short rest periods. We continue to experience problems with trucks getting stuck and trucks breaking down. We have contacted all the contractors in town who have heavy equipment who might help with the effort and had some success with that. Parks and Board of Ed equipment that is suitable is being used to open roads also. We continue to have to pull crews out of certain sections to respond to emergency calls although this is lessening to some degree.

It's clear that we will not have all roads open before Monday morning but we are making the maximum effort possible. 

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Police Department remains open to coordinate the response to this historic storm.

Terrence Flanigan February 11, 2013 at 12:52 AM
As of 5pm 1/2 of Broad Street only heading North has been plowed. One way traffic ONLY! .. With no plow truck in sight. Opening City Hall does nothing for the rest of us when we cannot get put of our driveways as the full length of Elm Street has not seen a plow in 34 hours.
E.A. Mack February 11, 2013 at 02:05 AM
The entire area around Black Pond has not seen a plow since Friday afternoon and all 2nary roads here are completely impassable. Thanks Meridian Public Works for making an awful situation worse.
dave swedock February 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Havnt seen a plow since friday afternoon, after todays rain it will be impossible to clear icy roads. dont expect schools to open until next week at this rate.
Amy February 11, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Will someone please tell me whose idea it was to NOT plow during the blizzard? That's the only question I have at the moment. What elected official said, "Let's wait until the storm is over and there is 3 feet of snow on the ground to plow." Connecticut has been such a disappointment to me. I can't wait to move out of here. None of these "officials" have any idea what they're doing and lives are being lost because of their ignorance. How many accidents? How many CO poisonings? Granted people need to take responsibility for themselves but when you decide to run for office you are responsible for these things. So someone please tell me, whose idea was it?
cosmo williams February 11, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Bu tDave Hubard is plowed perfectly.


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