Town Officials: Travel Ban Remains In Effect For Madison Until Sunday Morning; Loan Of Snowmobile Sought To Help With Recovery Efforts

"The top priority now is to assist police, fire, and EMS personnel in responding to any dire emergency and to assist CL&P in restoring power. After that, we are working on the main feeder roads. Our aim is to have [the main roads] open by nigh


Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that the statewide travel ban is lifted as of 4 p.m., but still urged residents to stay off the roads.

First Selectman Fillmore McPherson said the travel ban for Madison roads remains in effect until Sunday morning. 

North Madison Volunteer Fire Co. is seeking the loan of a snowmobile to help in assisting their recovery efforts. Do you have a snowmobile that the North Madison Volunteer Fire Co. they can use? Please call North Madison Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Don MacMillan as soon as possible at 203-627-3257. 

Governor Malloy issued this statement Saturday afternoon: 

"While we are lifting the ban on travel this afternoon at 4PM, I still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible," said Governor Malloy.  "Crews are out clearing roadways as we speak, but the fact is we are going to feel the impact of this storm for some time.  The longer we can keep traffic out of town centers and off of our highways, the more effective our recovery effort will be. "

Emergency responders touring the town evaluating damage said it appears as though the Aquadome roof at 36 Scotland Rd might be partially collapsed. 

Here is Saturday afternoon's message from First Selectman Fillmore McPherson: 

Good afternoon.

This is your First Selectman Fillmore McPherson with a blizzard update for Saturday afternoon, February 9.

As you know, we experienced a very heavy blizzard yesterday into today, with total snowfall of almost three feet.

The major issues before us now are 1) clear the roads and 2) restore power.

Regarding the first, I would like to thank you for heeding the Governor’s proclamation that closed all roads in the state to everyone except emergency personnel.

Please do not venture out until this ban is lifted.

We have had some examples of cars getting completely stuck, usually in a situation to block the road. This greatly hampers our road clearing operation and the ability of emergency vehicles to pass. 

Our town crews worked all day yesterday and all last night to plow the roads. Every street had at least one or two passes before the snowfall became so heavy around 2am that they couldn’t keep up.

The top priority now is to assist police, fire, and EMS personnel in responding to any dire emergency and to assist CL&P in restoring power. After that, we are working on the main feeder roads. Our aim is to have them open by nightfall today. Tomorrow, and perhaps into Monday, we will be working to clear the side roads.

Please keep in mind that the shear volume of snow may require a payloader and several passes of the plow truck to clear the road. 

Now regarding power outages, at the peak this morning there were 18% in town without electricity.

Two thirds of these have been restored and now the outages are down to 6%, with work continuing. Again I would remind you to steer clear of any wire on the ground. If you are running a generator, make sure that the exhaust cannot get into your house. Also make sure your power is not feeding back onto the grid, because if it is someone could be killed. 

On other matters, please continue to check on any neighbor who might be in need. 

On a social note, the Daddy Daughter dance scheduled for tonight at the Arts Barn has been postponed. Check the website at madisonartsbarn.com for further details. Similarly, the Library’s Winter Wonderland Ball has been postponed. 

That’s it for now. Keep safe and good evening. 

CF28 February 10, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Anyone one know when Neck Rd will be plowed ?
Brian February 10, 2013 at 03:01 PM
The town is contracting help. All of you whiners should have better prepared for this storm. No need to be going out for food. You should of stocked up for a weeks worth prior to storm. Lance, quit your crying. Only vehicles on road should be emergency personnel and town/state. This is a historic storm and will take time to clear....so please stop whining. Go make a difference and shovel your elderly neighbors driveway instead of logging on the patch and being a baby.
Jane B. February 10, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Wow. Human response and ideas baffle and scare me. Talk about egocentric. Best an most accurate comment on this thread...pick up a freakin shovel.
Keith February 10, 2013 at 03:19 PM
If it's the people's road, get out there and plow it yourself. Being a libertarian and demanding government services isn't ironic at all. Seriously. It's not ironic. You have clearly thought all of your points through.
Paul J Coppola February 10, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I am surprised at the naysayers comments above. We have just experienced a blizzard of historic porportion with as much as three feet of snow and not counting drifts, much worse then 78. Philmore McPherson and the town maintainance crews are doing an amazing job of clearing streets and keeping emergency priorties. Considering the tons of snow that has to be plowed and then find a place for, takes a lot of equipment and time. Have to give Philmore much credit for keeping things in control and getting infomation out with this being the third major storm of his administration.
J February 10, 2013 at 03:56 PM
The Griswald property has always been Filmores top Priority. He proved that when he gave the Trust an extension on them getting their funding. He really proved he can't manage a storm.
Emily February 10, 2013 at 04:10 PM
When are the roads going to be plowed? We live on Sportsman Hill Road. Haven't heard any response on this from the selectman or from my snow plow guy either!
Lisa February 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I'm concerned that if streets aren't plowed today, with tonight's projected freezing rain, it's going to get even more difficult. Wonder if I'll be able to get to work in the morning?
Matt February 10, 2013 at 04:51 PM
What are you smoking? You think your house is the only house in town that can't be reached due to snow?
Matt February 10, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Welcome the poster child for why Madison gets a reputation as yuppieville.
Lance February 10, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Benjamin Franklin said "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Nowhere does that apply more than to people like Brian who start calling me names when I question the appropriateness of depriving people of their essential liberties in the name of more efficient snow removal, Allowing the government to take away our right without due process is a slippery slope made all the more dangerous by short sighted compliant individuals who do not see to potential for abuse. This storm and the sheep like behavior of some of my neighbors here on the Patch only confirms my decision to exercise my still existent second amendment rights.
Paul J Coppola February 10, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Lancy, have you been out with your car. better have a four wheel drive, most streets are one lane and to get by someone coming the other way people are getting stuck in the snow on the side. This blocks the maintainance crews trucks trying to work. People should stay off the roads unless emergency or work.
Lance February 10, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Keith - Obviously we gather in a collective to do things that we could not do better on our own like snow removal. That does not give the janitor the right to decide whether we can move around freely. Mother nature may make it difficult but that is different than threatening law enforcement consequences and hence our freedom.
BL Davis February 10, 2013 at 06:17 PM
So much failure to prepare. Perhaps on the part of some residents, but definitely a lack of preparedness on the part of the Public Works Department and our Emergency Management Group. For example, did Public Works maintain a list of all private plow companies with a map pinpointing their location? Should the town have focused on releasing the maximum number of plows? When were the owners of heavy equipment first contacted? To those who suggested “Pick up a freakin’ shovel” may I remind you that the comparison in the demographics from the 2000 Census to the 2010 shows a 32% increase in the senior population. Seniors are by far the fastest growing segment of the population here in Madison as well as in the State and nation. Should that 85 year old widow shovel out her driveway first or clear the snow off her roof? So all you arm chair tough guys, please remember that many residents are not just “inconvenienced” by the storm, but placed in real danger. try following Brain's advice andhelping your neighbors, especially the elderly. We have a new Town Planner. I hope he will plan for the future and not for the past.
Sadly No February 10, 2013 at 06:28 PM
What are you smoking? McPherson couldnt get himself out of a paperbag...now put snow on the bag and really see him work at it
Sadly No February 10, 2013 at 06:32 PM
I drove down to the beach..there are a bunch of town plow trucks and payloaders own there. I asked and they said they need to get the beaches open
Craig S February 10, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Just went out to Shopright in Clinton via rt 80 to 81. A mess all the way and rt 1 is terrible. I was behind a state plow truck from 80 to 95 and he was doing a good job clearing. My street hasn't seen a plow since some time Friday night and I think it was private. Summerhill rd is looking good as is rt.79. I am perplexed by the lack of plow trucks out. I was out twice on Friday and all day Saturday clearing my own driveway. I am not quite sure why the plowing has not been going on non stop since Friday? Payloaders dont stop the plows from running down all the streets. Maybe downtown and parking lots needs them but the rest of us only need a few passes with the snow piled on the side????? Not really feeling the response.
Craig S February 10, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Perhaps they can stop messing with the lots and beaches and all town property and get the people out first.
Wilson February 10, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Oh my gosh, will you please get off the Philmore McPherson band wagon. He was useless during the hurricanes and windstorms. Useless when it came to downtown development, useless when it came time to keep the Madison Beach Hotel in check useless when it came to a business development plan, useless what it came to etc. etc. etc.and now you want to defend him in the midst of poor planning and execution of this disaster? I will give it to you that the hard working plow drivers are doing a amiable job but the leadership here once again is is a result of a man overcome by challenge and lacking of the political leadership skills to manage his position. To call his work "amazing" only belittles your authenticity in this discussion.
Jay D February 10, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Many towns have reached out to the national guard. Has Madison?
Paul J Coppola February 10, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Wilson, since you seem to be better informed on the political leadership skills, I am wondering why you don't offer your services or even better run for office. I would be interested to hear how you would handle things.
CMT February 10, 2013 at 09:09 PM
It is amazing what a few people can do!!! As of right now our street has still not been plowed. However when we ventured out to help our neighbors, my husband and two other neighbors got together. With 3 snow blowers, they plowed a single lane to Route 79. Great work guys and what a way to come together in the face of adversity.
Lance February 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM
CMT - You probably broke the law by doing that. Seriously, there are reports every winter of well meaning people like you and your neighbors who get in trouble with over-regulated and over-zealous town and city governments. Congratulations on seeing a problem and fixing it without government help. I will donate to your legal defense fund I promise!
Lance February 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Paul - I took your suggestion in the short term and should have taken your advice in the long term. I decided to make a "quick" trip to the Stop and Shop from nearby the Aquadome. Lover's Lane was tight but passable and fortunately I did not run in to anyone coming the other way or I would have faced the exact situation you described. The real problems started when I reached Rt. 1 which I had, rightfully I believe, fully expected to be down to the blacktop. Instead what I found was a complete mess that I would liken to what it would look like if we got 6-8 inches of snow and there had been no attempt to plow it. It is inexcusable that more than 24 hours after the storm ended the town's major artery is barely passable. So Paul I agree with you it makes logical sense for people to stay off the roads but that is much different than a ban from government - and therefore at the tip of a gun - on individuals traveling.
Matt February 10, 2013 at 11:42 PM
For the whiners complaining that the town highway department hasn't dropped everything to come personally dig you a path to Starbucks: The town has about 120 miles of town roads at about 26ft wide (Per Gus H in another article) with snow 3 feet deep. That comes out to 49,420,800 cubic feet of snow to move. Forty nine million, four hundred and twenty thousand, eight hundred cubic feet of snow to push, dig, or blow out of the road. Get a grip, they'll get to you when they can. You'll survive without a latte this evening. If you feel it is unacceptable, you and your neighbors should feel free to help out like many others have.
Paul J Coppola February 11, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Lance. I heard, can't document, that state is responsible for route 1 and they did a poor job. Town roads I saw were better
Matt February 11, 2013 at 01:27 AM
In Madison, the state DOT is responsible for I95, RT1, RT79, RT80, and RT450 / Horsepond / Duck Hole / Hammonasset Connector. The town has no control of how the state does or does not do it. Clearly the town does not (and should not) have the resources to do i for the them either.
stu gotz February 11, 2013 at 02:50 AM
your so pleasant judy
Matt February 11, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Thanks! I'm glad I could be your sunshine on a cloudy day :)
stu gotz February 11, 2013 at 03:29 AM
You have motivated me to go outside tomorrow and clear 10 tons of snow with my shovel till it breaks! Then I can go back to work. Truly Brilliant!


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