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Drew: 100% of City Streets to be Passable by Late Sun

Dan Drew says city crews, supplemented by private contractors, have been working non-stop since Friday morning and police are strictly enforcing traffic laws to keep the streets of Middletown safe.

 

Editor's note: 9 p.m. Sunday: If you are on Facebook, you may want to check out Middletown Patch's page here. Dozens of residents are posting real-time statuses on our photos of which streets are and are not yet plowed around the city.

Update 6 p.m.

Mayor Drew announced late Sunday that he was closing city hall Monday for all but essential workers and said 100 percent of Middletown streets were expected to be cleared by late Sunday evening.

Original version

The mayor has declared that roughly 80 percent of city streets are “passable” Sunday afternoon as crews are operating at 100 percent capacity.

Mayor Dan Drew is driving around Middletown streets in the fire chief’s SUV after his city-issued Crown Victoria was buried in the snow.

“‘Passable’ means that cars can move, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be pretty. The roads are still very narrow, things are extremely clogged,” Drew says.

“We’re working as quickly and as diligently as possible,” the mayor says, but it will take a while before all city streets are sufficiently cleared. “It’s not anywhere where we want it to be and it’s going to be a while before we get to the rest.”

The mayor urges residents to stay home, especially motorists driving around just to look. “We’re asking people to stop walking on the streets,” Drew says. “Police are going to start strictly enforcing existing traffic laws because it’s too much. We just can’t have people out like this it’s actually impeded police operation at this point.”

He praises city crews for their diligence in clearing streets. Plow drivers, he says, have been working non-stop.

“No one has come off of the roads since the storm began,” Drew says. “We started plowing very early Friday morning and we continued to plow throughout the storm.”

Private contractors have been working in addition to every available public works, water and sewer, and parks and recreation crew.

Meanwhile, Middletown Patch reader Linda Heidorn offered some tips for parents who are looking for fun indoor activities for their children on Monday, when classes are cancelled.

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Middletown Resident February 11, 2013 at 01:13 AM
I agree with all whom are saying that it appears the town was not prepared for this storm even though we knew about it days in advance. What bothers me the most is the lack of information on the timing of when roads will be cleared. This page is stating that 100% of roads will be passable by tonight but that seems to be very hard to believe since I have not seen a plow in our area since Friday. I live on Green Briar Circle, please someone come plow our road.
Wesley Anne February 11, 2013 at 01:21 AM
People shouldn't make this such a political thing. I (home ave) haven't so much as heard a plow... Brainard is the same. Made two trips to the package store and didn't see these diligently sidewalks. There is a boat load of snow, and no where to put it. I don't think it's ay one personals fault but rather a series of unfortunate things. We'll get past it. We always do. This is New England as some one pointed out. I have learned in the past couple of days the resilience of people though , everyone coming together and helping each other out. It was a great thing to see in all this madness we can still be kind to our neighbors.
Pam Magnoli February 11, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Nope! Got a state job! ;) If you'd watch some of the news stations, you'd see that any one of the cities featured allllll weekend have been having the same exact issues. So why do you expect us to be any different? Wallingford is having a horrible time with their plows. So should they blame their mayor? Of course not! As for Mayor Drew and other city employees...just letting them know that their hard work was much appreciated.
Chris O'Brien February 11, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Joe, I don't think you have an understanding that the Mayor of any city, the Governor of any state -just can't pull everything he wants out of nowhere... for a once in 100 year event. What would you have done? Where would you have gotten it from? did YOU forsee this? Have you plowed snow? Scratch all that... did you prepare yourself? And do you know the names of your neighbors? How are they doing? That's the only important question I'd like to know.
Lindsay D February 11, 2013 at 01:50 AM
South Farms Section is awful. Arbutus is a complete nightmares and Kelsey and surrounding streets are even worse.
Lindsay D February 11, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Also Jason.... how awful of you to say that the South Farms district doesn't deserve to be plowed out because you're claiming it's more affluent? We all have jobs and families we need to take care of.
Cassandra Day (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Thank you all SO much for keeping your neighbors up-to-date on everything that you are seeing and experiencing around the city. I am updating Middletown Patch with all information I receive. If you are on Facebook, check out https://facebook.com/MiddletownCTPatch — A huge number of folks are posting which streets are and are not plowed here every minute
Lisa S. February 11, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Pam Magnoli and Jason- of course Pam you are sucking the state teet- and Jason stop making excuses- YES IT IS MAYOR DREW's responsibility to come up with a PLAN. WHY can't you see he failed????? We knew for a week this was coming he failed to hire contractors to provide enough plows because there is no freakin money!! He spent it all on stupid trips to CHINA and DC. I know Jason you and other think this mayor is God's gift and some prodigy- but face reality- he botched this big time! Get your head out of your ....
Lisa S. February 11, 2013 at 02:15 AM
OH and the trucks don't even have chains on them because it is too expensive and there ain't no money !!!!! Drew will spin this so its someone else's fault but he though he knew better than others and see what happened?
Marie February 11, 2013 at 02:18 AM
I live on Pearl between Court & College and it's a mess. A backhoe was here last night, pushed some of the snow from the corner of Court & Pearl to the front of my driveway, then started again and left a mound in the middle of the street so nobody can get to College. The kids and I just spent 45 mins helping a driver who was stuck and this is on the part of the road that was plowed by the backhoe. I understand there is a lot of work to do, but you were already here and didn't make the road passable. With that being said, even though it was a complaint, I do want to thank everyone that has worked hard and put in a lot of hours this weekend.
Judy Cecchini February 11, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Hello what are you talking about 80% of what, Industrial Park Rd. Middle St. our Business!!!! Industrial Park !!! can just about fit a commercial truck down it let alone an 18 wheeler!!!! Hello what are you Even thinking maybe you should take a ride west!
Connie Chung February 11, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Messiah Daniel T. Drew has stated that by now 100% of the streets are passable. SO no matter what you are actually seeing with your own eyes you are not to believe it. Head over to Pam Magnoli's house if you need some kool- aid to drink in order to believe it. Ignore the fact there was no money for Drew to hire outside help AHEAD OF TIME due to the magical technology of weather forecasting and go back to sleep zzzz.....
Ajay February 11, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Shady hill lane done, thanks!
Unreal February 11, 2013 at 04:23 AM
100% DONE? I am starring at a street that is totally un-plowed! LIE
Barbara B. February 11, 2013 at 04:29 AM
My street is not passable- it hasn't been done AT ALL. How am I supposed to get to work? I wish the city had been truthful and not said 100% of streets are passable that is just an insult to my intelligence Mr. Mayor.
Pam Magnoli February 11, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Class act Lisa...I'm sure your mother is proud...
Joe D'Ambrose February 11, 2013 at 05:28 AM
The residents on Dorothy Drive needs a plow swipe down the road, only SUV's can power through it right now.
Darrell Lucas February 11, 2013 at 06:02 AM
Your message is lost in your wackiness.
Concerned February 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Funny, we expect Cl&P to be "accountable" and someone has to be accountable for leaving thousands of people in ahrm's way for going on 3 days.
Beth Delaney February 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Still a prisoner of Chimney Hill. I think the town forgot about us!!!
Lisa February 11, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Dorothy Drive has not been touched. Haven't even heard any plows since Friday.
Lou DelMastro February 11, 2013 at 02:13 PM
We have not seen a plow sinceFriday night on Ledgebrook Lane or Stable Lane.
Arthur Fonzarelli February 11, 2013 at 02:30 PM
It just seemed in the old days (ala 5 years ago or so) there was a plan in place. Giuliano will talk one's ear off about snow management if you let him, it should also be added that at various times during his administration there were several proposals in the budget for snow removal and snow management that WERE always rejected by the eight Democrats in control. GO to the the city of MIddltowwn website and some research on the past minutes of CC meetings. I kn ow, I get it! He's a Republican his ideas are crap!
Ed Creem February 11, 2013 at 03:19 PM
I sincerely hope that all of the pixxers and moaners will be at the next Common Council meeting demanding that the Common Council substantially raise their taxes so that the City can buy dozens of front end loaders and hire dozens more highway workers to have around, just in case we have another storm like this. Most of the extra heavy machinery will have no use and will probably rot before the next 100 year storm. And there will be no work for the extra workers except to be on standby for the next 100 years storm. But hey, all of you self absorbed, self centered whiners should be happy that if we get another storm your street will be plowed immediately. If you want to get a taste of what it is like trying to plow nearly 3 feet of snow and 4 or 5 foot drifts, take your snow shovel but do not shovel with it. Start at one one of your driveway and push the snow with it. When you have made one pass pushing the snow down your driveway, come back inside and post how long it took to push the snow from one end to the other. Until then shut up.
Marie February 11, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Pearl St between Court & College - only passable because two residents shoveled the mound of snow the backhoe left in the middle of the road when they attempted to plow Saturday night and the three of us shoveled toward Court St because the Papa John's employee was stuck. A van is stuck as I type this.
My Opinion February 11, 2013 at 04:35 PM
You callbarely a single lane (for both directions) plowed? Mayor you'd better get your shovel out and help, because the DPW isn't up to the task!
Bob Blade February 11, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Bob B I don't think a lot of people understand whats going on when a snow storm occur, especially one of this magnitude. Equipment that most towns have can't handle 3 ft of snow. There is over 200 miles of roads in Middletown and it takes time...a lot of time. As a veteran of the Public Works Dept of 37 yrs I have seen historic storms of all kinds. Storm Larry in "78" was bad and the crews with antiquated equipment made it through it all. I was out on the road for 4 days! The crews we have are the best in the state. People from out of town always complemented how well our streets were plowed compared to where they lived. Have patience and a little compansion for our entire city crews, may it be the fire dept, police dept, water & sewer dept and park and rec dept., emergency managenment etc. Help each other out and be kind. My street hasn't been plowed yet but the neighbors got together and snowblowed a path down the center of the road and its well appreciated by everyone. Hang in there!
Anonymous February 11, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Bob- I have patience for the crews- no doubt I do. But I do not have patience for a Mayor who has kept us in the dark yet can tweet photos of himself at the Obama Inauguration or other events or blow money on trips! It is the guys at the top who messed this up big time. When the Mayor finally made a statement he LIES. To all those out there who want to have this guys baby and think Drew is some kind of golden boy joke is on you.
Lou DelMastro February 12, 2013 at 05:13 AM
There still has not been a plow on Ledgebrook lane or Stable lane since Friday night. I am so disappointed when roads right behind us were done on Saturday night. Disappointing !
Lou DelMastro February 13, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Once the crews plowed us out they did a great job.

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