Mayor Martin Declares Snow Emergency in Advance of Impending Blizzard

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Contact: Libby Carlson
Phone: 203-977-5115
  
March 13, 2017  

Mayor Martin Declares Snow Emergency in Advance of Impending Blizzard

STAMFORD, CT – Mayor David Martin has declared a Snow Emergency, effective 8:00 p.m. today, in anticipation of the impending snowstorm. The Snow Emergency will require the removal of all vehicles on designated snow emergency streets. Alternate side of the street parking rules will also be in effect. City parking garages will be available free of charge after 5:00 p.m. today through the duration of the storm.

A Blizzard Warning is in effect for our area. The National Weather Service is predicting blizzard conditions including snow, wind and coastal flooding on Tuesday with possible accumulations of 12-24”. Snow is expected to begin late tonight/early tomorrow morning.

Tuesday and Wednesday’s garbage and recycling has been postponed. Garbage and recycling scheduled for Tuesday will be picked up on Thursday, Wednesday’s will be picked up on Friday, and Thursday and Friday’s will be picked up on Saturday. The Transfer Station and Recycling Center will both be closed Tuesday. The Mayor asks that residents not place toters in the street so that city plows can pass through unimpeded.

“Today, our City departments and crews are preparing for the storm,” said Mayor David Martin. “Residents should also prepare for this event, avoid driving if possible and plan ahead to make certain the roads are clear for plows. Make arrangements now for school (and other) closings.” 

Snow Emergency

During the Snow Emergency, Snow Emergency Routes are to be kept clear of cars. Snow Emergency Routes are clearly marked with red and white signage. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed while the snow emergency is in effect. All City Garages will be open and free to residents for the duration of the Snow Emergency.  For a complete list of designated snow routes, visit StamfordCT.gov.

City Garages are located at:
- Bedford Street Garage – 17 Forest Street
- Bell Street Garage – 28 Bell Street
- Summer Street Garage – 100 Summer Street

Stamford Public Schools

Superintendent Earl Kim has announced that all schools will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday).

Expected Coastal Flooding

Flooding is expected to be minor to moderate. Residents that typically experience flooding during these types of events should expect to similar flooding.

The Hurricane Barrier is being manned by the Army Corps of Engineers, and will likely have closures depending on tides. They will make a decision about closing the Hurricane Barrier based on storm information closer to when the storm hits. West Beach and Cummings Beach will be closed at 10:00 p.m. tonight through the duration of the storm.

Stamford’s Alternate Parking Rules

To provide adequate maneuvering space for snow removal equipment on some of our narrower streets (see those designated below), alternate side parking rules will be in effect.

Tomorrow, March 14th, parking will be allowed on the even-numbered side of the street and restricted on the odd-numbered side of the street until 8am the following day (March 15th), at which time cars should move to the odd-numbered side.

  1. Aberdeen Street
  2. Anderson Street
  3. Annie Place
  4. Austin Avenue
  5. Berges Avenue
  6. Borglum Street
  7. Burr Street
  8. Chestnut Street
  9. Corbo Terrace
  10. Dolsen Place
  11. Douglas Avenue
  12. Duncanson Street
  13. Estwick Place
  14. Fourth Street                         Bedford Street to Dead End
  15. Goodwin Street
  16. Green Street
  17. Greenwood Hill Street
  18. Hanrahan Street
  19. Homestead Avenue
  20. Houston Terrace
  21. Judy Lane                          Due to over parking by local business
  22. Knickerbocker Avenue       Bennett Street to Northill Street (park on west side only)
  23. Leon Place
  24. Leonard Street
  25. Pine Hill Avenue                 Elmbrook Drive  to Dead End
  26. Ranson Street
  27. Reynolds Avenue
  28. Richmond Place
  29. Robert Court
  30. Rose Park  Avenue
  31. Sylvandale Avenue
  32. Travis Avenue
  33. Vincent Avenue
  34. Vincent Court
  35. Vista Street
  36. Franklin Street                      Hoyt Street to Woodside Street
  37. Woodside Street

Winter weather reminders:

  • Warming Center locations and other pertinent information are available through the City’s website and the media.
  • Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center and the Transfer Station will be closed Tuesday.
  • Life threatening situations should be reported to 911.
  • Downed power lines should be reported immediately to 911.
  • Power outages should be reported to Eversource at 1-800-286-2000.
  • To report operational issues such as downed trees, etc., the Citizens Service Center is open for calls at 203-977-4140 during business hours.  For non-emergency weather related issues after business hours, call 203-977-4444.

Warming Centers

Those in need of shelter are urged to check with 2-1-1 and the City of Stamford website for the latest information regarding warming center openings. These listings will be updated as warranted. As of now, Building One Community (formerly Neighbor’s Link) and the Stamford Government Center will be open as warming centers tomorrow.

Inspirica, a Stamford-based provider of services to the homeless, will provide an overnight warming center for those residents in need from 8pm to 8am at 8 Woodland Place, Stamford. 

Be Prepared Now for Winter Weather:

  1. Register with Stamford’s Emergency Notification System CT Alert to receive a phone message, text message whenever there is an urgent announcement or situational update. Visit www.ctalert.gov and click on the “Register for Alerts”.
  2. Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit:
    • Keep an extra cell phone car-charger in your automobile
    • Bottled water, 3-5 day supply (1 gallon per person, per day)
    • High-calorie, non-perishable food, i.e. granola/snack bars, etc.
    • Flashlights/Battery operated lanterns
    • Extra Batteries
    • Blankets or Sleeping Bags
    • Extra Clothes
    • First Aid Kit
  3. Develop an Emergency Plan: Organize a plan for you and your family, should there be an emergency. Always inform loved ones where you are and where you are going, in case you become separated or need to relocate. Teach family members how to use text messaging; text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  4. Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:  In the event of a power outage, portable generators should be operated safely. Outdoor grilling devices should never be brought inside the home for cooking or warmth. Only use generators and outdoor grills outside of your home and never in enclosed spaces such as garages, basements, or porches. Always run your generator outdoors as far from your home and your neighbors’ homes as possible (at least 20 feet) and away from doors, windows, and air intake vents.
  5. Keep Automobiles Prepared: Power outages may disable fuel stations. Keep a cell phone car-charger in the glove box.
  6. Care for your Pet: Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather.
  7. Stay Informed: 
    • www.stamfordct.gov
    • City of Stamford’s Emergency Hotline – 203-977-8840
    • WSTC Radio  - 1400 AM
    • WSHU Stamford Radio – 91.1 FM
    • WGCH Radio - 1490 AM
    • Fox Radio 95.9 FM
    • News 12 Connecticut, Channel 12

To prepare for and respond to winter weather visit:

Be Prepared Stamford:     http://www.bepreparedstamford.org/cold-weather.aspx
CT Dept. of Public Health:     http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3115&q=472542
FEMA’s Ready.Gov:     www.ready.gov 
National Weather Service:     www.weather.gov

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