Milford Sets Snowfall Record!

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The storm news came to me, like most people it was background news. Yesterday we saw the snow start to fall and after I left work around 2:00P.M. the wife and I stopped by the Milford mall for some last minute shopping. When we arrived the shop owners already started clearing out, and after getting some lunch at the food court I was instructed by my server that the Mall was ordered closed at 5 P.M. due to the coming snow storm.

The wife and I called Stop and Shop and we headed there since they were still open, and we did some last minute shopping to shore up our supplies in the event the power went out. Fortunately, and as of today there were no reports of any power losses from my friends and family who live in different parts of town. 

We returned home, and like most people I clutched the remote control and tuned into the local weather stations to get a fix on the coming storm. By all accounts the prevailing theme was that we would have about 12-24 Inches of snow. For the most part this seemed manageable and like some of my neighbors I started shoveling snow early.

The next day when I woke up, to my amazement my entire neighborhood was buried in snow right up to the top of the mailboxes. We had over Three feet of snow, far more than what the weather channels predicted. While I hear several comments all the time about the weather I usually side with those predictions that call for rain only to deliver sunshine with a passing cloud. This time they were way off, overly conservative in their predictions and after recruiting my neighbor to help bail me out I now have snow banks in my driveway that are about Seven feet high.

Thankfully, and I do feel lucky, I had a good friend with a terrific snow blower, and after several hours of hard work I was able to finally leave my driveway. This was shortly after the Governors Driving ban was lifted at around 4:00P.M. today. What I saw while driving around town was an amazing disaster! There were big rig trucks stuck on I95, people walking all over the streets, cars stuck in snow banks that were abandoned, countless homes buried in deep snow and many town roads that were still un-plowed.

On wheelers Farms Rd. I watched a Four Wheel Drive Ford Truck with a plow on it attempt to push a snow bank out of a residential driveway. The snow was deep and thick from the City plow piling snow in front of the driveway and this high horsepower truck stopped dead in its tracks as its wheels spun hopelessly. The job of clearing these homes was getting done, but from what I saw it was among the most challenging endeavors our Plowsmen have come across in a long time. There were, and still are many residents out there who are holding these liberating Plowsmen as the bringers of freedom.

My travels were short, I actually got stuck myself on Cherry Street tonight for a few short minutes, and that was an experience that convinced me I did enough sightseeing for the evening. So I headed home and connected to Facebook. There I saw some of the most historic and amazing photos posted by my friends. I soon learned from news links that CT got hit the hardest in the entire affected area. Milford was the record setting town for snowfall in CT at 38 Inches of snow!

Seems like after two terrible deluges and windstorms in the past 18 Months, Milford now has the honor of adding this latest weather anomaly to its list of challenges. Part of me is starting to think that mother nature is mad at us or something, however I know that is not the case and this is really more about being in the wrong place at the right time.

Today's blog is to immortalize this latest record snowfall, because I do not think we will ever see this much snow drop all once in a very long time. So I included a picture that was made available on FB that best captures what I saw. I would also love to hear any of your experiences and frustrations with Milford's emergency preparedness and your thoughts on the coming weeks forecast predicting more snowfall mid-week.

Many thanks to all the City Employees, Residents, and Snow Plow Businesses out there that restored travel to our community.

Photo of the Seven Seas in Milford, CT

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RONALD M GOLDWYN February 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM
I hear that revised figures put Hamden in first place with over 40" of snow.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 15, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Pretty amazing just read that they may have been ahead of us by an inch or two.
kokopop February 17, 2013 at 06:32 PM
And why is it a week later and the city plowed one strip down the middle of my street and we haven't seen a plow truck since ... So hard to get out of the driveways here...any word on when they may remember us on argyle rd or under hill rd?
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 17, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Mr Black, I'm an active Republican committeeman, but the Mayor delegates certain duties to subordinates. In this case the Dept. of Public Works. They in turn had to hire private contractors to handle the huge amounts of snow this storm dumped. I understand your complaint as I'm a senior citizen in poor health and can not exert my body. Take the time to write to the Mayor and tell him what is bugging you. His reelection is still a long way off and he deserves the opportunity to correct problems that he is made aware of. When we elect a Republican Mayor I hope you will show the same courtesy.
kokopop February 19, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I have a heart condition so its difficult to shovel that amount of snow for me as well, but I was able to in small amounts clear what needed to be cleared....now if the city will only do the same. There are still so many streets that are unpassable, however I see the plow trucks working on Seaside (already passable) Broad St (already passable). I just don't understand the methodology behind it...why clear streets that are already two car passable while leaving the smaller streets altogether. To drive down them is like driving in a pinball machine.
Juan Black February 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM
kokopop ask RONALD M GOLDWYN He can explain anything for himself
Juan Black February 20, 2013 at 02:14 PM
RONALD M GOLDWYN For your readers information; I was lucky enough to have an official city pay-loader block my sidewalk…
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 20, 2013 at 05:02 PM
These sidewalks are something else. The city Plowed over all our sidewalks on NH Ave. and then sent businesses nasty letters reminding them to clean up after the plowing over of our sidewalks. The threat arrived by Police officer delivery reminding businesses of City ordinance Sec. 20-9 and its associated punishment under Section 1-9 (Code 1962, SS 14-32) Never do they mention how the police will punish property owners. This is the sort of thing that Blake should be dealing with, pedestrian sidewalks and the burying of them by the city plow drivers should not be a landlords expense. Its pretty awful and disrespectful to allow this sort of bullying to go on. Where is the mayor on this?
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 20, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Dear neighbors, I fully understand what happened to you in this very unusual snowfall. We were all caught in the mess that ensued. I too got the message telling me that I had to plow my sidewalk so that kids could walk to school. So said our Chief of Police. But at the same time we were notified that the schools would be closed all week. The DPW did send a huge payloader to plow our streets but at the corner where I live they piled the content o the street into huge piles blocking driver vision to see traffic on intersecting streets. I also understand having driveways and sidewalks blocked by the city's equipment. I can assure you the police did not have the men or time to go around giving out summons's and if you plead innocent due to the cities fault the police would have a hard time showing up in court to testify, because they too had to set priorities. Last Friday I had the opportunity to ride one shift in a police car. I was very educational. Many citizens were inconvenienced, but this was not because our Mayor was at fault.
Juan Black February 21, 2013 at 04:30 PM
RMG I know an Air Bag when I hear one, you are registered with every newspaper in every town in Connecticut, for making political comments


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