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Update at 8:20 p.m. Feb. 11:

Milford City buildings will be closed to the public on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The City is going to devote all local resources to "moving mountains of piled snow."

Update at 2:33 p.m. Feb. 11:

A family of four was involved in an accident with a motor vehicle on Bridgeport Avenue. Two of the family members are in critical condition, one has minor injuries and one was uninjured. 

It's believed that the sidewalks were not cleared at the time of the accident, according to Milford Police.

Update at 1:27 p.m. Feb. 11:

  • Milford Public Works Director says it's 'impossible to tell which streets have been completed'
  • National Guard is coming to Milford to help remove snow.
  • Milford Schools closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Update at 9:36 a.m. Feb. 11:

A Milford resident writes: "How can the city justify using an excavator to clear the parking lot at jonathan law when the streets are in such poor condition & still so many roads untouched?"

Update at 12:17 a.m. Feb. 10:

There's a 2-vehicle accident on I-95N between exits 38 & 39A. North bound lanes are closed. 

Update at 11:47 p.m. Feb. 10:

Mayor Ben Blake will be conducting a press conference on Monday, February 11 at 11 a.m at City Hall.

Update at 11:46 p.m. Feb. 10:

Milford City buildings are closed to the public on Monday, February 11.

Update at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 10:

City of Milford says that 650 Milford streets have been cleared.

Update at 12:13 p.m. Feb. 10:

Woodmont names roads to be plowed, still waiting for a City list.

Update at 11:27 a.m. Feb. 10:

An accident has shut down I-95 in Milford.

Update at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 9:

Milford City Hall says it will take a 'couple days' to shovel out the streets.

Update at 4:52 p.m. Feb. 9:

Have plows been to your street yet? A conversation is going on at the Milford Patch Facebook page.

Update at 3:20 p.m. Feb. 9:

Travel ban will be lifted by Governor Malloy at 4 p.m.

Update at 2:11 p.m. Feb. 9:

From the Mayor's Office:

A Snow Emergency remains in effect for the City of Milford. Many roads remain impassible.

It is imperative that people stay off the roads to ensure that abandon vehicles dont make things difficult for the snow plows.

Update at 1:59 p.m. Feb. 9:

Milford CT City Hall offers the following snow storm safety tip:

Unusually high snow drifts can block side vents for furnaces and heating appliances. This increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If your furnace has a side vent, please make sure there is proper clearance so the equipment can function properly.

Update at 1:35 p.m. Feb. 9:

65 in Milford without power.

Update at 1:12 p.m. Feb. 9:

American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman has said: “We are working closely with state and local government to plan for sheltering needs, but right now, the safest place to be is your home."

“Travel is restricted in the state and the best thing to do is stay home until you are told it is safe to travel.”

Update at 11:48 a.m. Feb. 9:

Governor Malloy says snow clean-up will take a 'number of days.'

Update at 11:40 a.m. Feb. 9:

Rev. Karl H. Duetzmann, Pastor has announced that The United Church of Christ in Devon is canceling their service for tomorrow.

Update at 11:09 a.m. Feb. 9: 

Here's a distinction we don't necessarily want: Milford got the most snow of any city or town in the tri-state region.

Update at 10:48 a.m. Feb. 9:

Governor Malloy has ordered all roads be shut down throughout the state.

A Danbury man has died during the blizzard, after falling off his porch.

Updated at 10:42 a.m. Feb. 9:

Here's what Milford residents are saying about the storm on Milford Patch's Facebook page:

  • Milford Resident: "We are snowed in - literally - public works created an 8'+ high snow bank in front of our driveway - the only house on the street with that much snow."
  • Milford Resident: "Has anyone seen a snow plow? I haven't seen one since yesterday......."


Updated at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 8:

Check out this map to see how much snow has fallen in Milford.

Updated at 10:13 p.m. Feb. 8:

As on 10 p.m., Metro-North has suspended service.

Updated at 7:52 p.m. Feb. 8:

Until 8 PM, Metro-North will operate a reduced schedule. 

Between 8 PM and 1 AM (Sat., 2/9), we will operate limited service.  On the Hudson Line, there will be hourly service in both directions. On the New Haven and Harlem Lines, there will be hourly inbound (to NY) service and half-hourly outbound service out of Grand Central. 

There is the potential for further service reductions as the severity of the storm intensifies. See http://alert.mta.info/status/3 for schedules/details.

Updated at 2:43 p.m. Feb. 8:

Milford Fire Department details their storm preparations.

Updated at 12:42 p.m. Feb. 8:

North Street Closed by Woodruff Road: "Best for people to heed warnings and stay home," said Milford Police.

Updated at 11:19 a.m. Feb. 8:

A car has struck a tree on North Street in Milford.

Update at 11:08 a.m. Feb. 8:

Today's Milford Schools snow day will be made up very soon: kind of soon.

Update at 10:40 a.m. Feb. 8:

Ed Bonessi, Jr., Warden of the Burrough of Woodmont, sent out the following message about safety in Woodmont during this storm:

The Borough is preparing for a possible significant snow storm.Help us help you by removing all vehicles from the streets. If it is impossible to remove your vehicle then at least follow the city's alternate side parking plan.

If you do not need to leave please stay home until the storm has passed and we have had time to clear the streets.

We expect to have the roads passable by some time Saturday afternoon depending on the storm's severity and duration.


Ed Bonessi, Jr - Warden

Update at 10:32 a.m. Feb. 8:

Milford Recreation has cancelled all events for Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 8-10.

Update at 10:28 a.m. Feb. 8:

The DMV is closed today and Saturday.

Update at 10:19 a.m. Feb. 8:

The Milford Chamber of Commerce has cancelled today's ribbon cutting at L.A. Fitness at Westfield Shoppingtown Connecticut Post Mall.

Updated at 5:34 p.m. Feb. 8:

Milford now expected to get 10-14 inches of snow over the next three days.

Updated at 4:46 p.m. Feb. 8:

What's in a winter travel survival kit?

One may include:

  • Snow brush
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Booster cables
  • Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods, such as nutrition bars, raisins andpeanut butter
  • Compass and road maps
  • Shovel
  • Flares
  • Extra clothing to keep dry
  • Sack of sand or cat litter (to use for tire traction)

Updated at 4:44 p.m. Feb. 8:

  • The State of Connecticut Insurance Department is offering tips on winter damage claims.
  • The Red Cross has tips on safely driving through a snow storm, if you must go out.

Updated at 4:39 p.m. Feb. 8:

Milford Schools' have cancelled or delayed the following weekend events:

  • PTA Father/Daughter Sweatheart Dance on Friday, February 8th has been cancelled.
  • Foran High School Drama's Production of "Grease", scheduled for Saturday, February 9th, has been postponed until Sunday, February 10th. There are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances.

Updated at 3:09 p.m. Feb. 8:

The Milford Superintendent's Office has not yet made a call on whether or not schools will be open tomorrow. They will likely announce it in the morning, as usual, but it's also possible that they could post an early notice on their site tonight. You can also call 203-783-3400 and check here on Milford Patch.

Updated at 11:52 a.m. Feb. 8:

The City of Milford has declared an alternative side of the street parking ban.

CtLynn5 February 11, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Name of the page is roads that are plowed in Milford and businesses that are open. See comment by Robin Richardson about 8 or 10 messages down on the page.
CtLynn5 February 11, 2013 at 09:56 PM
I don't think anyone is disputing the magnitude of the storm. The frustration comes from the lack of information. Public officials seem to make the same mistakes over and over again.
CtLynn5 February 11, 2013 at 09:58 PM
I agree!
James Givens (Shaw) February 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Michael Nelson goes to the top of the cue. Brilliant. I'll personally shovel his driveway and street.
MCF February 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM
JE and Michael, True dat! I just came back from Shelton and it is a mess everywhere you go. I don't understand the rage and anger in some people. Their expectations are out of whack.
G. Gerard February 12, 2013 at 12:05 AM
For those who choose to carry water for an incompetent administration, that's your option. I choose to hold people responsible for their actions, or lack there of. The biggest problem was not the effort of the people doing the snow removal, it was the lack of planning, information to the public and the failure to effectively lead.
MCF February 12, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Because George S is the expert of all things. right? I've traveled through other towns today, Milford is in better shape or at least comprable for the circumstances. Just because you have demands doesn't make them reasonable or based in reality. Why don't you move to another town with 'pissed off mom' from the other story on patch if you're so darn unhappy here, sounds like you two are meant for each other.
Rick February 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM
We obviously need better leadership at the DPW. I don't blame the mayor because he doesn't run the department. DPW has always done a poor job and both mayors have accepted this department to be run poorly. Let's ask for new leadership in this department.
CtLynn5 February 12, 2013 at 02:56 PM
The DPW is a city department. It is up to the mayor to ensure they do a good job. If they don't, it is ultimately the mayor's fault.
Michael Nelson February 12, 2013 at 03:10 PM
So, Lynne, if DPW does a bad job in dealing with snow that has not fallen like this since the late 1800s, outing the Mayor and keeping the DPW Director will solve all your problems? Outing the Mayor AND the DPW Director will make your life rosy? Personally, I think DPW has done a great job in first opening the main roads, then secondary, then tertiary, etc. They continue to try and widen the main roads we all travel while also getting to some of the cull de sacs that a handful of residents live on. I hear great stories of people helping to dig out neighbors and even snow blow streets, because this storm was f'ing EPIC. Too bad I don't hear any of that come out of Milford. The most of what I can find on make-shift blogs like this are "It snowed, the Mayor and DPW should lose their jobs and I'm cranky." I can only assume these are the same people who question the town when taxes are due, because these same cranky people want gold and platinum tinted mega-front loaders, you know, just in case we get more snow, but I want that for free..... If you've put a single child through the school system, you've already taken more than you've put in to the pot. If you led the town or DPW, would you clear Rt 1 and the main roads first? Then the secondary roads? Here's a question for ya - which street would be LAST on your list? People on that street would call for your job, too.
CtLynn5 February 12, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I never said any of that, you did. I said a person cannot complain about the leadership at the DPW and not hold the mayor accountable. The mayor is effectively the CEO of the city. If city departments do not perform to the satisfaction of its residents, it is up to the mayor to fix them. Personally, I wouldn't say the DPW has done a great job, but my issue is not with the expendiency in clearing the snow, it is with the lack of accurate communication coming from city hall. I understand the mayor went on news 12 on Sunday evening and said all main and secondary roads were cleared. This created a major issue for my husband and some neighbors who work out of town or have bosses that live out of town as it made them look like they were not being truthful when they said they could not come to work because the roads were impassable. As far as the facebook page in which people are posting which roads are cleared or not cleared, apparently the city has found it so useful, they have asked the page organizer to send the information to the DPW.
G. Gerard February 12, 2013 at 05:37 PM
CTLynn5- I agree.
G. Gerard February 12, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Hey Manny- so we judge our town's competence by comparing it to the incompetence of other towns? Is that where we want to be- the best of the worst?
MCF February 12, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Or maybe all other towns are having the same problem dealing with the extreme conditions. So rather than accept that the storm was exteme, you'd simply cast your judgement as all towns are imcompetent.
The voice of James Earl Jones February 12, 2013 at 07:28 PM
So after 72 hours the front end loaders made their way into my neighborhood. They piled snow 30 feet tall on the corners - great way to get into an accident - how would you explain that to Geico or some other carrier ? Yeah I couldn't see because some guys piled snow 30 feet tall so I cautiously eeked out and got slammed into ? In regards to Michael Nelson's blabbing on this blog - its evident that either you or a bunch of family members or good friends work for DPW. You are kissing ass like theres no tomorrow backing them all the way. Flat out...are you listening . Ben Blake and his team of clowns were unprepared. Yes unprepared. If the forecast calls for 24" of snow and the trucks can only handle 12" - then why didnt you make an effort to get contractors, the National Guard etc IN PLACE PRIOIR to Friday or at least lined up to assist once the storm passed ?.....not 3 days later say - Oh help is on the way.
The voice of James Earl Jones February 12, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Blake's efforts should be categorized with that of the Mayor of New Orleans when Katrina hit - you saw it coming - and did NOTHING. Then the backpeddaling, finger pointing,etc starts where everyone looks for a scapegoat and then finally a revelation occurs and they ask for help - DUH!!!!! Im sure some political brown noser will flag their post because Benny "in their eyes" is "doing the best he can". Well there is more snow on the way - Wed into Thurs we are getting snow and then this coming weekend more of it. Is the town going to sit back with roads barely passable by one car and let this snowfall get out of control too ? After the front end loaders left it was a mess in the road - where is the plow to follow up behind them and clean up the roads ?
The voice of James Earl Jones February 12, 2013 at 07:28 PM
A simple town pickup with 4x4 and a small plow would suffice - not some giant truck! Here's an idea - send a front end loader down the middle of the road and plows to the side - 10 minutes - road clear - not sandbox time where the snow is pushed here and there like kids who never outgrew their tonka trucks. The efforts of the mayor and DPW as a whole are inexcusable. I bet Mr Blake got his house plowed out and a personal caravan to get him to the podium to make a stupid speech. And at the time of said "address to the public" he as well as DPW had NO IDEA as to what roads were clear. REAL NICE !!! He might as well have said "Uhhh yup - we got snow " and then to top it off the town has NO CLUE how to use technology to keep people informed - One guy posted that he'd rather have a person out plowing rather than updating whats plowed. Um thats why they have cell phones and CB Radio's buddy - technology. We believed technology when we saw the forecast on the news but didnt use it to keep people informed as to what was getting done after the storm passed - INEXCUSABLE !!!
Hal DePino February 12, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Since you are apparently such an expert next storm maybe you should volunteer to head the clean up effort. Fact is however, only 10-15" was predicted to fall on Milford. Not 24", not 38".
thathouse February 12, 2013 at 08:32 PM
I'd really like to know what the City's plan is for getting the piles down? I've noticed that especially on main streets or any street for that matter, you cannot see drivers coming down the road. You must pull out in order to see them. Unfortunately, by the time you pull out you'll probably end up getting hit. It really is an accident waiting to happen. Is the City going to work on this or are they just going to let the piles sit there?
The voice of James Earl Jones February 12, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Listen to Hal's "stick up for the town" retorts every time someone posts something against Benny Blake is a joke - Hal - Put down the popcorn and candy bars and go for a run on the treadmill ! And if we're talking "FACTS" Hal doesnt have a clue - Last storm update at 3pm on Friday called for 18 to 24"+ - The town of Milford offices dont close til 4:30 or 5 - did everyone skip out early to get home rather than address the task at hand ? Get a grip Hally boy -
CtLynn5 February 12, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Hal - mid-week, I heard two feet or possibly more. Also, we understand this was a huge storm, but it is not like we never had a large storm before. In fact, three of the five largest snow totals the state has seen have occured in the last five years. What the heck is the big difference between clearing 38 inches and 32 inches?
Hal DePino February 12, 2013 at 09:05 PM
CtLynn5 - Midweek last week (Feb. 6th) NBC CT was predicting 10-15" on the shore, 15" for the rest of the state. There is a re-post circulating facebook now. You can go to their facebook page, but that was not the only forecast I heard that was predicting similar snow.
Hal DePino February 12, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Do you enjoy being so obnoxious?
CtLynn5 February 12, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Hal - from the WTNH facebook page last Wednesday: This forecast is very delicate, because several factors may result in extremely sharp cutoffs in snowfall, especially across southern Connecticut. What this means is snowfall totals from town to town may vary drastically. (from 6" to 12" to 24", for example) From the NBC CT facebook page on February 5th (Last Tuesday): This picture may look confusing, but it means we may be in for some serious snow later this week, and we may have a little snow overnight as well. Brad Field will have all the details for you beginning at 5pm. I heard 1 to 2 feet right from the beginning. Then, they increased the predicted amounts last Thursday.
David Chesler February 12, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Hal, what would the city have done differently if 38" had been predicted? And I still don't believe over 24" can't be plowed. I live on a state road*, and it was cleared with a wing (highway) plow by mid-day Saturday, and two lanes by mid-afternoon. It's not pretty but it can be done without a front-end loader. (OTOH I had to travel today, saw a dump truck blocking for a front-end loader digging into the pile at entrance 53 to the Merritt southbound. An hour later and the only change was a cruiser blocking for the truck. But an hour after that passed a street-sweeper-sized snow blower on the Wasson Connector which was followed by a conga line of wings that didn't have much left to push. *Intentionally -- too much traffic for kids or pets to play in the front yard, trucks going by all night, but high priority to remain open. This is our first winter in this state. I am curious why they closed school for snow that morning the week after Sandy. I am curious why they start 1.5 weeks earlier than our former school district that had the same 3 vacation weeks but planned on closing the same week in June. (That is, if the old district had started in late August it could have absorbed all these weather days and kept 3 vacation weeks.) I'd like to see better information than people commenting on a Facebook page. Otherwise I'll withold judgement until a normal winter. Hey, I've got a CDL -- if there is equipment but drivers need sleep after 72 hours, call me maybe.
CtLynn5 February 12, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Hal, I think you are sounding a bit obnoxious. What is with you and others telling anyone who is not happy with the city's performance to move or to supervise the clearing efforts next time? As tax payers, we pay the salaries of people who should be competent leaders. Our department heads do not volunteer their services. They get paid to do a job, as they should. Why is it unreasonable to expect good service from them?
Hal DePino February 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM
In my opinion David, the city did all it could do to be prepared and could have done nothing differently had 38" been predicted. Until it actually happens, you don't know what you are really dealing with. You can't call in the National Guard in advance, for instance. This was a snowfall like we have not had in recent history. The equipment any municipality has on hand is purchased with the norm in mind, not the abnormal. In the states that border Canada where they have this amount of snow on the ground for much of the winter, the school busses all have sanders on the back of them. Those communities prepare for what is normal to them. As to your school questions, I can't answer them because I don't know where you moved from. Were they required to be in school 180 days like we are here in CT? As far as closures, the decisions will never make everyone happy. I think they err on the side of caution because they transport so many kids in busses. You have to remember the kids are out standing on the side of the road waiting to be picked up. To CtLynn5 - I have never told anyone to move, taunted or talked like a bully. It's obvious some people are OK with the way this storm was handled and others are not. It's subject to personal opinion what is good service and what isn't. I think the situation was handled with a great deal of leadership. Will have to just agree to disagree. And I always thought of James Earl Jones as a gentleman.
Rick February 12, 2013 at 11:13 PM
I think it would be a great idea to review all the events that took place and determine how things could be improved for next time. Many towns did this after experiencing major power outages due to recent storms and made some significant improvements – even simple things like improved maps, updated contact information, better communications, what worked, what didn't, etc. Let’s face it, this was a significant event not experienced by many. However, the way the weather has been lately it may be more likely than not that we will experience this type of winter storm in the not too distant future. Let’s learn and see if we can improve for next time.
David Chesler February 13, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Counting them out, it works out the same, nevermind. Our old district was north of Boston, MA, and I think has 180 (? vs our 181) mandatory instruction days. Start 9/6, no school 10/8, 11/12, 11/22-23, 12/24-1/1, 1/21, 2/18-2/22, 3/29,4/15-4/19, 5/27, last day 6/25 based on 5 snow days (185 instruction days planned.) Milford calendar as planned: Start 8/29, no school 9/3, 9/17, 9/26, 11/6, 11/12, 11/22-23, 12/24-1/1, 1/21, 2/18-2/22 [now canceled], 3/29, 4/15-4/19 [as planned], 5/27,last day 6/21. So by opening in late August we got 5 extra days (not Labor Day, but 8/29-8/31,9/4-9/5), less 2 for Jewish Holidays, less Election Day, less 6/24 and 6/25 is the same 185 days planned, so I guess we budget for 4 snow days to get to 181. As for my state highway department street, last night there were dump trucks every couple of minutes in the wee hours, loaded with snow heading north (I guess Eisenhower Park is the snow farm) and empty heading south.
David Chesler February 13, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Schools are closed for the rest of the week. I know a certain student who bet this would happen and left on a trip yesterday morning, planning to return Monday. Some things just aren't the same over a three-day weekend. It would have been nice of the schools to make the call Saturday so those who could take advantage of the week off being a week earlier than planned could have. Like most of us here I work 40 hours weeks 50 weeks a year, but I remember as a kid those breaks were nice, as we sprinted up to them and then restarted.


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