City monitoring potential storm

In preparation for a potential storm of snow mixed with rain expected to reach the region by Saturday, a briefing meeting was held at the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center on Feb. 21.

The city’s public safety personnel and public works officials, along with representatives from the city’s hospitals, utility providers, higher education institutions, transportation providers and many other stakeholders, convened to discuss the latest storm related information and response plans.

There remains some uncertainty regarding the forecasts, but Mayor Bill Finch and the Emergency Management staff will continue to monitor the latest weather reports throughout the event.

Forecasts currently call for high winds and heavy precipitation with snow developing in the morning on Saturday mixing with rain for the afternoon. Sunday’s forecast shows the mix changing to snow, then tapering to snow showers by evening.

At this time, a snow emergency has not been declared. Should forecasts shift, calling for more snow than currently expected, Finch will do so to help keep emergency routes clear and to allow plows to safely travel city streets.

In the event of a snow emergency declaration, no parking is permitted on marked snow emergency streets, residents must heed alternate side of the street parking rules. All Bridgeport Public School parking lots will be available for residents to park their vehicles, should a snow emergency be declared.

“The City is monitoring this potential storm and working closely with all stakeholders to ensure the safety of our residents,” Finch said. “Our plows are ready to hit the streets; contractors are ready, if needed, to help with snow removal operations.”

Residents with weather-related questions or concerns should call the city’s BConnected Call Center at 203-576-1311 or the Emergency Operations Center at 203-579-3829.

Finch reminds residents of the following:

• Residents are encouraged to shovel out hydrants and catch basins near or abutting their property to assist public safety personnel and to protect against flooding.

• Avoid driving vehicles on slippery roads to keep roadways clear for plowing equipment and emergency vehicles.

• Salt and sand sidewalks, stairs and pedestrian ramps to prevent slippery surfaces.

• Check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors who may need help.

• Use caution when walking near buildings that may have falling snow or ice

• Parking rules are strictly enforced during snow emergency events.

• In the case of emergency call 911.

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