The following is a press release from the East Haven Mayor's Office.
As an update regarding East Haven’s latest cleanup efforts, Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. released the following statement:
"Please take this announcement as another update regarding the Town’s cleanup following the winter storm Nemo.
I participated in a conference call this evening initiated through the Governor’s office with the Governor, state officials, and the leaders of all 169 municipalities across the state. Reports from Towns across the state, including neighboring towns such as Guilford, Milford, and Wallingford, all indicate that Towns have been essentially unable to plow secondary roads, as the focus has been on restoring access to main artery roads.
Throughout the conference call, town leaders indicated that progress has been slow clearing roads. Throughout the call, town leaders made repeated requests for additional resources, including heavy equipment. However, the State has indicated that there are no additional state or private resources available, as all are being utilized to try to recovery from this storm.
Complicating the cleanup even further is the fact that snow above 24 inches in depth cannot be pushed with traditional plows. Rather, snow of such a high depth must be moved with payloaders, which are in short supply. Additionally, our own heavy machinery and plow trucks have had trouble climbing particular hilly streets, making the cleanup of certain streets in Town very difficult.
The Governor has indicated that the requirement of the use of ambulances has been suspended and that four-wheel-drive vehicles can address emergency calls until such time as ambulances can safely travel on the roads. The Town’s emergency response personnel are on alert and working to respond to any emergency calls as best as they can.
The Governor indicates that while the ban on driving has been lifted, only two-thirds of highways are open, only 50% of highway ramps are open, and no highway breakdown lanes are open. The Governor estimates that it will be days until access to all state roads has been restored. I have also spoken with State Senator Len Fasano and Congresswoman Rosa Delauro who both indicate that resources in the region are strained and that Towns across the state are grappling with the same challenges as East Haven.
As I have indicated previously, the Town has engaged private resources to assist the Town with clearing roads. Public works employees will be working through the night to clear the roads as quickly as possible and will work until the job is complete.
I thank you all for your patience and I will continue to bring you updates as more information on the cleanup effort becomes available.”
[Editor's Note: An open letter to the community from Mayor Maturo asking for residents' patience as the cleanup process continues can be found here.]