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.