National Guard Coming to Milford to Help Remove Snow

They are on their way to help Milford with snow removal, according to Mayor Ben Blake.


Calling the storm "the most snowfall that we've ever had in the City of Milford," Mayor Ben Blake had a press conference today to discuss the snow removal and recovery process in Milford.

Mayor Blake went on to note that following the storm of 1978, it took the City two weeks to dig out afterwards.

"We are way ahead of that," said Blake.

'Hundreds' of Plows

"Anytime that you receive more than 24 inches of snow, you cannot plow it, you cannot push the snow. It's a different process altogether. You actually have to pick up the snow, lift it and put it somewhere else. It has to be moved with a pay loader."

Mayor Blake estimates that "hundreds" of plows and other snow removal vehicles are being used in Milford, by Public Works as well as outside contractors.

Who Foots the Bill?

Governor Malloy has told Mayor Blake that FEMA will reimburse the City for 75% of its costs during any 48-hour period. Milford officials needs to look at during which 48-hour period the most money was spent and send the bill to FEMA.

MCF February 11, 2013 at 06:38 PM
The snow from the storms a few years back didn't all happen in one night, there was time to clear in between. Plows were not removed during the storm, you received incorrect information regarding that, one was stuck near me and a neighbor went to help unstuck it :-). Snow was falling at a rate of 4-5 inches an hour from Friday night through Saturday morning I personally witnessed what 3 plus feet of snow can do to a plow and apparently you didn't shovel any of the "light" snow yourself - where I live in Milford, 38 inches plus drifting isn't light or easy to move. If only the city of Milford was as big as the mall. I didn't know being able to run a mile was a requirement for driving a snow plow. For a fact there are still several towns around us not dug out yet. Fair enough to be frustrated... i'm sure you'll tear me a new one too.
Common Sense February 11, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I agree Mom. Both Stop n Shops, Walmart and The Mall are perfect. Coulnt he have reached out to them to use some of their equiptment. Plus, it was about 72 hours for me. Keep up with the roads and they would have been fine.
MikeS February 11, 2013 at 07:44 PM
I have to push back a little on the suggestion that snowfall above 24" is too much for a plow. One of the neighbors on my street (Clark Hill Rd) actually cleared out the bottom portion of the hill using his heavy duty pickup. The lane through the snow was narrow, and he ended up creating a drift at the end of the street, but we were then able to leave our driveways. There certainly may be areas where physically taking the snow away is imperative, but if someone can clear our street using their private commercial vehicle, then surely a town plow could have done it. It's one thing to say that there are priorities among streets, which makes sense, but to say the plows can't clear 24" of snow is not accurate for many streets in the city, just like ours.
Alex February 11, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Blizzard of 78 happened 35 years ago and was a surprise storm that stalled. Everyone knew this one was coming. Is the Mayor insinuating that nothing in snow removal has changed in 35 years and they were caught by surprise by this storm? Sounds like someone didn't plan out worst case scenarios like other towns did.
JE February 11, 2013 at 08:53 PM
@Alex - Milford was predicted to be getting 10-15" of snow, not 38". 10-15" is nothing, 38" is historical. Hamden, with its 40" is as bad off as we are and grappling with the same issues as us. Both Southern CT and Quinnipiac Univ in Hamden have cancelled classes for Tuesday. Northern CT and Boston, where they were supposed to be hit the hardest, got off easier so sure those towns might be in better shape than us. @Mike S - What I took from the comment about 24" of snow is not that the plows can't handle it, but from a public safety standpoint the snow must be picked up and moved by a payloader. Maybe it's a liability issue? Don't know for sure.....
Stacey Hasselman Wasilnak February 11, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Do you have any idea how ignorant you sound? If you hate Milford so much then get out! Anyone with a brain knows that the city DOES NOT PLOW THE MALL!!! watch your mouth, "mom".
MCF February 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Super POM is super mean! Please leave - maybe Fairfield County is all pristene and awaiting to welcome you with streets paved of snow-repelling asphalt.
MCF February 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Mike, maybe conditions are different but on semi-flat road it took an F-Series V10 Ford and 5 shovelers to clear about 450 feet of roadway in about 3 hours. It took a lot of effort to push through and he got stuck several times requiring us to dig him out. The snow was well over 24". Also, now we have huge piles that need to be dealt with. Either way, there is a lot of snow out there!
Donna February 11, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Super pissed off mom, are you REALLY a mom, I do hope your children never have to read your disgusting post, you should be in anger managment classes and child services should check in on your children, If this is how you you manage a snow storm I pray for your children when they distrub you.
Cathy Hautala February 12, 2013 at 02:19 AM
I work in Bridgeport and as far as I could see, Milford has done a great job with snow clean up compared to Stratford and Bridgeport. Don't be so hard on the town of Milford they are doing the best they can. These men have probably functioned on little sleep for days. Why be bitter? I can tell you about my awful time getting home tonight through Bridgeport and Stratford. I was so happy to get to the Milford streets!
MCF February 12, 2013 at 02:25 AM
I went through Stratford and Shelton, by far Milford was in better shape. It seems these people just want something to complain about.
Jenny February 12, 2013 at 03:49 AM
I completely agree with the P* off Mom. This has been handled terribly. How does the Mayor not know how many streets have been plowed or still need to be? How many trucks are on the road at the moment or any given time? What about a medical emergency, especially on a street that has not been plowed. Are you going to land LIFE STAR in the backyard b/c the ambulance can't get down the street? Is this how the emergency plan was set up for the town? We only have one based on snowfall up to 24inches after that oh well. The mom who wrote above is frustrated. She is a mom in the house for how many days with kids and can't get out at all. I am happy she speaks the way she does and all of you that criticize her for swearing. So you keep your pure mouth & go get some dinner while she continues to be STUCK in the house. All cooped up and no answers from OUR elected leaders... lovely mayor is more concerned with how all this is going to be paid for. He should use the money that I sent the tax office for the Supplemental property tax for vehicles registered between Oct and March of odd years. That my favorite, so that can become the over 24 inches snow removal saving fund. The lovely ladies at the tax office with those happy attitudes that don't have to work tomorrow (I bet the mom you are all throwing under the bus does) Now how exactly are they contributing to the cleanup? The happy tax office ladies with shovel out the P off mom's d-way & babysit so she can get out.


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