Town of East Haddam Declares Local State of Emergency

This is an Important Weather Update from Emergency Management Director Craig Mansfield and First Selectman Mark Walter.


Winter Storm Update

2/9/13 10 AM

This is an Important Weather 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 multiday 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 declares a local state of Emergency for the Town of East Haddam.

It is critical right now that resident’s 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.   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.  Also, 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. Medical assistance could be delayed. For emergencies or health related issues, residents should 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 updates will be posted on our town website, Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the day. Thank you and Be Safe. 

BobWaz February 09, 2013 at 04:07 PM
How about private people with snow plows on their trucks? Governor dano hasn't addressed this - but I see pick-ups going by so I am assuming it's OK...
The good life in East Haddam February 09, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Our neighborhood is still impassible and we haven't seen a snow plow in over ten hours. If the DTC can't get rid of Mark Walter after this debacle they should just disband.
The good life in East Haddam February 10, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Now twelve hours and still no snow plow. The driving ban was lifted at 4:00 so they can no longer say "you couldn't drive, anyway." And pardon my typo on my previous post. "Impassible" is a word but the correct word here is "impassable."
Barbi B. February 10, 2013 at 03:12 AM
What road do you live on? Maybe you could try sending an email to the public works department, with a request for help? pwadmin@easthaddam.org
The good life in East Haddam February 10, 2013 at 02:00 PM
The roads are not plowed at random. Each driver has an assigned route and usually the same driver works the same route for every storm. I appreciate that these people must eat and sleep but it's now over 25 hours since we've seen a plow.
Will Brady February 10, 2013 at 05:35 PM
to "Good Life" Oh good grief! Can you be a little more reality based re: foisting blame for snow plowing? Do you realized how out of touch with the reality of Nature that your comment sounds?
Will Brady February 10, 2013 at 05:36 PM
You could always move to a city with mass transit...
The good life in East Haddam February 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM
In the end it was 26.5 hours until the plow came back. Are you saying that Mark Walter has done a competent job and deserves to be re-elected?
The good life in East Haddam February 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Tried that for a few years. Turned out mass transit was run by unionzed, public-sector "workers" who shut down during big snow storms.
Darryl G. February 20, 2013 at 02:24 AM
The snow came down so hard late Friday evening and early Saturday morning that there was no way any of the plow crews could keep up with it. Once once it reaches that point it becomes extremely difficult to plow, especially in a town with lots of winding roads and hills. It wasn't clear to me whether or not private plow contractors were banned from the roads. I remained on them for the duration of the storm, being in a vehicle propery equipped to travel in deep snow and to assist with clearing operations.
Keep the river front for all of us February 21, 2013 at 10:58 PM
"good life"..............I don't think East Haddam is the town for you. You have obviously lived an urban area also with mass transit ???? Ever think about moving to.....maybe Florida or SOMEWHERE ????? You certainly don't seem very happy living here.


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