Good afternoon. This is your First Selectman Fillmore McPherson with update 6 on the Blizzard of 2013, this Wednesday, February 13. You may be interested to know that the official analysis now shows that this storm dropped more snow than the legendary blizzard of ’78. It is second only to the blizzard of 1888, which, of course, none of us remember.
The snow recovery continues. As reported yesterday, all roads are accessible so that people can get in and out. We are continuing with the cleanup phase where we will widen the path to the full road width, starting with the main roads and then moving to side streets. We will clear intersections, including improving the sight lines for people making turns. We have asked the state DOT to do the same for Routes 1, 79, 80, and the Hammonasset Connector for which they are responsible. We expect these activities to take the rest of the week.
The latest forecast for tonight calls for about an inch of new snow. This should pose no new problems for us.
In other news, don’t forget the Budget Public Hearing tonight at 6 at Town Hall. This event was postponed from Monday night.
Regarding schools tomorrow, the Superintendent has announced that schools will be open, but with a 90 minute delay.
Unless something unexpected happens, this will be my last call to you on this event. I thank you for your patience as we worked through the power and snow problems from this historic blizzard.
Thank you and drive safely.