Tesei Declares Local Civil Preparedness Emergency Due to Storm
By Richard Kaufman
Greenwich First Selectman, Peter Tesei, has declared a local civil preparedness emergency as a result of Winter Storm Quinn, according to a press release from the town.
The declaration, made under Connecticut General Statute Section 28-22a, will enable the town’s operating employees to work through this storm event and avail the town to external resources should the conditions worsen, according to the release.
Per the release:
“Presently, there is an increasing number of trees or tree limbs impacting the Town’s 265 miles of roadways. That, combined with the heavy snow, is making operations and response for highway and emergency responders increasingly difficult. The snow emergency with the on-street parking ban on designated streets remains in effect until further notice.”
Because of the poor conditions, Town Hall will have a delayed opening for business on Thursday, March 8. Normal business operations will resume at Town Hall beginning at 10 a.m.
“Thank you to all those who are on the front line ensuring the safety of our residents and addressing this weather event,” Tesei said in the release. “We appreciate residents adhering to the snow emergency and parking ban and ask that they continue to do so, so that the Town can return to normal operations as soon as possible.”
Utility Emergency Hotlines
Residents should also take note that with the heavy, wet snow, there’s a high risk of falling trees, branches and power lines. All downed trees or blocked streets should be reported immediately, and downed wires should be avoided. Emergency hotlines are listed below:
- Aquarion Water Company 1-800-732-9678
- Eversource 1-800-286-2000
- CT Natural Gas Company (203) 869-6900
- For Police, Fire, EMS emergencies dial 911
Warming & Charging Stations
Should residents lose power for an extended period of time, warming and electronic device charging centers will be available at the Greenwich Public Safety Complex located at 11 Bruce Place, open 24 hours. The Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, located at 90 Harding Road in Old Greenwich, and the The Western Bendheim Civic Center, located at 440 Pemberwick Road, will be open from 9 a.m., to 9 p.m. The Greenwich Library will be open as well.
Snow Removal Policy
- Residents are encouraged to park their cars in their driveways, or yards. Municipal parking lots will also be available for parking, according to the Department of Public Works.
- By town ordinance, Greenwich property owners are required to keep all sidewalks along their property clear of snow and ice.
- The Town of Greenwich prohibits plow contractors from pushing snow from driveways or parking lots onto Town streets. This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing snow into the street, the private plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe.
Snow Emergency Streets
Bruce Park Avenue
East Elm Street
East Putnam Avenue (Maple Ave. to Library)
Field Point Road
Sound View Drive
West Elm Street
West Putnam Avenue
Church Street West
Division Street West
North Water Street
South Water Street
Western Junior Highway
William Street West
Hamilton Avenue, Old Field Point Road, Saint Roch’s Avenue
Glenville Road/Street from Glenridge Road to Pemberwick Road
Riversville Road from Glenville Road, north to entrance to Glenville School
East Putnam Avenue (Field Rd. to Diamond Hill)
River Road Extension
RIVERSIDE AND MIANUS
North Sound Beach Avenue
Sound Beach Avenue
West End Avenue
As otherwise identified by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Greenwich as the Town Traffic Authority.