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Maturo: East Haven Crews Working '24/7' to Open Up Roads

In addition, Mayor Maturo announced Sunday the Town of East Haven will offer snowbound residents the service of "picking up their medical prescriptions in certain critical situations."

The following is a press release from the East Haven Mayor's Office.

After a lengthy meeting this morning with the Town’s Emergency Management Director along with the leaders of Police, Fire and Public Services, Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. has announced that the Town will offer snowbound residents the service of picking up their medical prescriptions in certain critical situations.

This morning, Maturo reached out to McDermott Auto Group, which has now generously donated the use of a very large truck that will enable the Town to offer this delivery service and respond to medical emergencies in areas that have yet to be cleared of the record breaking snow.  

Maturo explained, “Any resident who is snowbound and is in dire need of their medication should contact 9-1-1 for this service. The Town will pick up the prescription at the pharmacy and deliver it to the resident’s door.”

Maturo continued, “I cannot thank Dave McDermott and McDermott Auto enough for their assistance during this emergency. They have been and continue to be a tremendous community participant for our Town.”

Following the meeting, the Mayor took the opportunity to assure citizens that the Public Services Department, which has been at work 24/7 since Friday morning, is continuing to work to open up Town roads and is making progress with this very difficult challenge.  

Maturo continued, “I am certainly sensitive that our citizens are anxiously awaiting the cleanup of their streets.  However the effort required to dig out is enormous, as this was the largest amount of snow to have fallen during a 24 hour period in East Haven’s history.”

Maturo explained, “The department is well aware of the secondary streets that have not yet been cleared. The Town now has 7 outside contractors that are assisting with the cleanup and we are asking residents to refrain from calling Public Services, Fire or Police to report snowplowing issues. However, residents should call 9-1-1 if there is a true emergency. “

Additionally, the Mayor has received word that there will be NO trash or recycling pick-up on Monday and that Trash Master (the town contractor) will be reassessing the situation again on Monday for the balance of the week.

Maturo explained, “After a conference call this morning with the Governor and other town leaders, it is clear that all municipalities are having problems getting their secondary roads opened. To assist with that effort, I urge you to stay off all roads, including those that are plowed, since many are clear for only one lane. Many vehicles that are trying to travel our streets have gotten stuck and this is making the clean-up effort twice as hard and will only further delay the process.”

Throughout the blizzard, the Mayor has monitored the situation with his department heads, and has used the Reverse 911 system several times to keep residents updated. He urged that for general updates, residents should continue to monitor the Town’s website (townofeasthavenct.org), Twitter, FaceBook or the New Haven Register and East Haven Patch on the internet.

The Mayor concluded by reminding residents that East Haven received close to 3 feet of snow from this blizzard during a 24 hour period.

He explained, “This snowfall was truly historic in both its size and ferocity and as such I ask all residents to remain patient while we work our way through this monumental clean-up. I cannot urge them enough to remain home unless absolutely necessary.” 

YAA February 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM
If the Mayor spent half as much time working as he does trying to cover his own hind quarters, we might actually be plowed out by now.
clem February 11, 2013 at 12:05 AM
People need to just chill out!! Many towns are in the same situation, at least you have power!!!
JOE JERRY February 11, 2013 at 12:23 AM
24/7 huh??? Funny that I live a street over from a town plow worker and his street has been plowed 10 times already, and last night he plowed his own drive way with the TOWNS plow while were suppose to have "patience"
Anthony M February 11, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Hey for all of you bashing the mayor. The state took all of the town plows for all state routes. this is every town, call malloy not the mayor, He is doing all he can. Nothing is open there is no where to go anyway. if you want to get out get your neighborhood together like we did on tuttle. suck it up people.
Bobby F February 11, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Is zodiac open?
Sam Giglio February 11, 2013 at 01:12 AM
This guy Anthony M whoever he is should stop his make up story that the State of Connecticut took all our plow trucks to do State roads. What a joke. Its bad enough we have this storm to deal with now we have someone who just flat out makes up stories. Only in East Haven.
Rick February 11, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Sam chill willy
Kim February 11, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Everyone needs to grow up and start acting your ages. And stop complaining. East Haven is not the only town that is not plowed out. Towns all over the state are having the same issues. Friday night was a blizzard with white out conditions, the plows were getting stuck in the snow themselves. And then you have a bunch of idiots in this town that could not stay in their houses and off the roads like they were told to, and all that did was cause more problems and more delays. So instead of bashing the mayor and blaming him. Why don't you blame the east haven residents that decided not to follow a simple rule of keeping your vehicles off the roads and then got them stuck in the middle of the roads. Or you can blame the people who have plows on their own trucks and plowed their own driveways into the middle of the roads causing more delays and problems. so people stop your whining and complaining and grow up.
Rick February 11, 2013 at 02:56 AM
You tell them kimmy.
Rick February 11, 2013 at 02:58 AM
I would like to be the first to nominate Kim to presidency of the united of Ireland
smokeeater February 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM
You are so right Sam.The State has better equipment in their scap yard.The equipment in this town needs to be replaced.The town could care less about the tax payer.
Sam Giglio February 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Anyone know if Stop and Shop lot is cleaned out? Maybe venture out to the store. Anyone on Robert Dr who needs something at the store let me know I will pick it up for you. I will go around 9 this morning
Al LaBonte February 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Call Him out on it !!!
Al LaBonte February 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Suck it up seriously !!! how would u feel seein a town employees parents house get cleared out with a front end loader but not the streets !!!!
Rosie February 12, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Thank you!! Finally, someone with a brain on this site. New Haven has checkpoints set up to keep people out so they can clear roads, Hamden has streets still unplowed, North Branford still has streets unplowed, Meriden, Waterbury, Branford...the list goes on and on. Why don't some of you rocket scientists read a paper or watch the news once in a while?? East Haven is not the only town having problems. We had a major snowstorm. It was not safe for plows to be out, and getting stuck themselves. What don't you crybabies get??? Guess what?? You will survive being snowed in. Maybe next month, come back and read some of your comments and realize just how idiotic you sounded. Then go apologize to a PW employee who spent days away from their families. (And for the record, any of you that had access to a plow and were able to do your own street and maybe driveway would have. If you say no, I can bet you'd be lying.)

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