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Posted on: January 28, 2022

Greenwich Board of Selectmen Enact Snow Emergency

GREENWICH, CT. – In anticipation of the Nor’easter snowstorm that is expected to begin this evening, Friday, January 28, and continue through tomorrow evening, Saturday, January 29, the Greenwich Board of Selectmen has imposed a snow emergency that will restrict on-street parking throughout Town.

The snow emergency, which prohibits on-street parking on designated snow emergency routes, will go into effect at 6 p.m. today, January 28, and continue until further notice. (The complete list of streets can be found below.) 

The snow emergency is being imposed because the National Weather Service winter storm forecast includes possible blizzard-like conditions with at least 6 to 9 inches of snow and wind gusts of 45 mph. Brief minor flooding of the more vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline is possible during high tides Saturday and Sunday.

The parking ban will enable Department of Public Works crews and its contractors to effectively clear Town roadways. Residents are advised to park their vehicles in their driveways or in their yards. Residents also may use municipal parking lots to park their vehicles.

Given the anticipated weather conditions, the Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility will be closed to residents on Saturday, January 29. 

By Town ordinance, Greenwich property owners are required to be responsible for keeping all sidewalks along their property clear of snow and ice.

The Town of Greenwich prohibits plow contractors from pushing snow from driveways or parking lots onto Town streets. This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing snow into the street, the private plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe.

Restaurant operators also are responsible for cleaning the sidewalk along the front of their respective property. Businesses with handicapped parking stalls in front of their storefronts are responsible for clearing access from the stall to the sidewalks.

We are requesting residents that when they are out shoveling snow from their driveways and sidewalks, to also clear nearby fire hydrants. By clearing a three-foot radius around the hydrant will help save precious time in battling a fire.

The snow emergency will remain in effect until the Board of Selectmen, which is the Town’s traffic authority, removes the emergency declaration.

Residents should avoid all downed utility wires and assume they are live.

In the event of flooding, residents are urged to stay out of flooded basements. Energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard. Natural gas service in a flooded basement may also pose a danger. 

Safety tips when arranging to have natural gas service restored once flood waters have receded: 

  • If the natural gas meter and/or regulator were under water, customers must first contact their natural gas company. 
  • If any natural gas equipment (furnace, boiler, water heater, etc.) has been under water, they need to contact a plumbing and heating contractor to have the equipment checked. Those affected can then contact their natural gas company to have service restored. 

Homeowners should never attempt to turn on or shut off natural gas service.

TO REPORT ONLY EMERGENCIES – For all Police, Fire and EMS emergencies, dial 911. 

Emergency Helplines – Utilities:

Aquarion Water Company                             1-800-732-9678

Eversource                                                        1-800-286-2000

CT Natural Gas Company                              1-203-869-6900

Optimum/Altice                                                 1-866-950-3278

Frontier Communications                               1-800-239-4430

 

 

WARMING CENTER

Should residents lose power, the following location is available as a warming and electronic device charging center:

  • Greenwich Public Safety Complex, 11 Bruce Place. Open 24/7. Face masks are required of all visitors.

 

SURVIVING THE STORM

The Greenwich Department of Health advises residents to make an Emergency Supply Kit and to keep it handy.  Also residents are encouraged to visit websites including the Town’s website (www.greenwichct.org), The American Red Cross and the federal government (www.ready.gov) for pointers on personal readiness.

During an emergency the Town may opt to use the emergency notification system to send a recorded message to each resident that has a published number.  All residents are encouraged to register a contact number (non-published number, cell phone, etc.) by logging on to the Town’s website (www.greenwichct.gov) located under the ‘Notify Me’ category at the bottom of the homepage.   

Watch for signs of Frostbite: loss of feeling and abnormal coloring in extremities (fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose). If symptoms are detected, call 911 immediately.

Watch for signs of Hypothermia: bluishness or puffiness of the skin, dilated pupils, decreased respiratory rate, irregular pulse, uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms occur, get the person to a warm location, remove any wet clothing and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the person is conscious. Call 911 for medical help immediately.

When using portable generators, never use indoors (even if garage doors are open) or in enclosed spaces.  Exhausts from these units contain carbon monoxide (CO).   Also, do not supply generator power to your home’s main line.

Do not use gas stoves or charcoal grills for heat.   They can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

When any tree falls on a power line and causes it to come down or block a Town road or right-of way, the situation should be reported immediately by calling 911. For non-emergency situations involving downed trees or branches, please call the public safety dispatch center at 203-622-8004 or 203-622-8005.

SNOW EMERGENCY STREETS

CENTRAL GREENWICH

Amogerone Crossway                                         

Arch Street

Benedict Place

Bolling Place

Brookside Drive

           Bruce Park Avenue

Bruce Place

Church Street

Connecticut Avenue

Davis Avenue

East Elm Street

East Putnam Avenue (Maple Ave. to Library)

Fawcett Place

Field Point Road

Greenwich Avenue

Grigg Street

Havemeyer Place

Hillside Road

Horseneck Lane

Hunter Place

Lafayette Place

Lake Avenue

Lawrence Street

LeGrande Avenue

Lenox Drive

Lewis Street

Lexington Avenue

Locust Street

Maher Avenue

Maple Avenue

Mason Street

Milbank Avenue

Perryridge Road

Railroad Avenue

Ridge Street

Sherwood Place

Shore Road

Sound View Drive

Steamboat Road

West Elm Street

West Putnam Avenue

William Street

 

BYRAM

Beech Street

Byram Road

Cedar Street

Chestnut Street

Church Street West

Delavan Avenue

Division Street West

Hervey Street

Kirby Street

Mead Street

Mill Street

North Water Street

Oak Street

Pine Street

Richland Road

South Water Street

Spruce Street

Western Junior Highway

William Street West

 

CHICKAHOMINY

Hamilton Avenue

Old Field Point Road

Saint Roch Avenue

 

PEMBERWICK

Comly Avenue

Pemberwick Road

Moshier Street

GLENVILLE

Glenville Road/Street from Glenridge Road to Pemberwick Road

Riversville Road from Glenville Road, north to entrance to Glenville School

 

COS COB

Bible Street

East Putnam Avenue (Field Rd. to Diamond Hill)

Loughlin Avenue

Orchard Street

Relay Place

River Road

River Road Extension

Sinawoy Road

Strickland Road

Suburban Avenue

Valley Road

 

RIVERSIDE AND MIANUS

Hendrie Avenue

North Sound Beach Avenue

Valley Road

 

OLD GREENWICH

Arcadia Road

Lockwood Avenue

Sound Beach Avenue

West End Avenue

 

For media inquiries, contact Barbara Heins, Executive Assistant to the First Selectman, at barbara.heins@greenwichct.org. 

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