GREENWICH, CT. – With the snowstorm that began Sunday evening, March 3, which is expected to continue into Monday morning, March 4, the Greenwich Board of Selectmen has imposed a snow emergency that restricts on-street parking throughout Town.
The snow emergency, which prohibits on-street parking on designated snow emergency routes, will go into effect at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 3, and continue until further notice. (The complete list of streets can be found below.)
The snow emergency is being imposed because of the National Weather Service’s winter storm warning that includes a forecast of several inches of snow to fall overnight Sunday into Monday morning. There also is a “moderate impact” expected for the morning rush hour.
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.
The snow emergency will remain in effect until the Board of Selectmen, which is the Town’s traffic authority, removes the snow emergency.
An announcement on whether the storm will impact office hours for Greenwich Town Hall will be made early Monday morning.
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:
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
CT Natural Gas Company (203) 869-6900
Should residents lose power, the following location is available as a warming and electronic device charging center:
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 (www.redcross.org), 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. For non-emergency situations involving downed trees or branches, please call 203-622-8001.
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.
Here is the complete list of snow emergency routes where the parking ban will be enforced can be found below.
SNOW EMERGENCY STREETS
Bruce Park Avenue
East Elm Street
East Putnam Avenue (Maple Ave. to Library)
Field Point Road
Sound View Drive
West Elm Street
West Putnam Avenue
Church Street West
Division Street West
North Water Street
South Water Street
Western Junior Highway
William Street West
Hamilton Avenue, Old Field Point Road, Saint Roch Avenue
Glenville Road/Street from Glenridge Road to Pemberwick Road
Riversville Road from Glenville Road, north to entrance to Glenville School
East Putnam Avenue (Field Rd. to Diamond Hill)
River Road Extension
RIVERSIDE AND MIANUS
North Sound Beach Avenue
Sound Beach Avenue
West End Avenue
As otherwise identified by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Greenwich as the Town Traffic Authority.
For media inquiries, contact Barbara Heins, Executive Assistant to the First Selectman, at [email protected].