PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
GREENWICH, CT. – In anticipation of the Nor’easter snowstorm that is expected to begin this
afternoon, Wednesday, December 16 and continuing through Thursday, December 17, the
Greenwich Board of Selectmen has imposed a snow emergency that will restrict on-street parking
The snow emergency, which prohibits on-street parking on designated snow emergency routes,
will go into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, and continue until further notice. (The
complete list of streets can be found below.)
A decision on Town Hall operations will be made later this evening by First Selectman Fred
Camillo with updates posted on the Town website.
The snow emergency is being imposed because the National Weather Service winter storm watch
includes a forecast of blizzard-like conditions with at least 12 to 18 inches of snow and wind gusts
of 40 to 50 mph. The snow is expected to fall Wednesday afternoon into late Thursday morning.
Mr. Camillo also announced that the Emergency Operations Center at the Greenwich Public
Safety Complex will begin/began operations in a monitoring phase at noon, Wednesday,
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 Town libraries – Greenwich, Byram Shubert, Cos Cob and Perrot - will close for on-site
services at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, December 16, and will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday, December
18. On-line services will be available during the closure.
Given the forecasted winter weather conditions, the Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility will
be closed to residents on Thursday, December 17.
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.
The Department of Public Works reminds local restaurant operators who have permitted
outdoor dining nodes, that the restaurants are responsible for all snow cleanup of the areas
behind the node barriers. Restaurant operators also are responsible for cleaning the sidewalk
along the front of their respective property. Tents and canopies should be removed until after the
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
CT Natural Gas Company 1-203-869-6900
Frontier Communications 1-800-239-4430
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.
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
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.
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
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
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