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2/1/2015 - Mayor Finch declares snow emergency beginning post Super Bowl @ Midnight

“As always, we're preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best. Our city rallied together to successfully beat back potentially harmful road conditions last week. And, we know we're up for the challenge again. In order to keep kids and families safe across the city, we're asking everyone to abide by the snow emergency conditions. Stay home, stay safe, and if you must travel tonight or tomorrow, be smart.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport, Conn. (February 1, 2015) – In advance of a snow and ice storm that will be hitting Connecticut tonight and tomorrow, Mayor Bill Finch has declared a snow emergency for the state's largest city beginning post-Super Bowl @ midnight (12:00AM, Feb. 2, 2015). The snow emergency has been declared so that public facilities road crews can effectively remove snow during their efforts aimed at keeping kids and families safe across the city.

The snow emergency will last at least through the entire day on Monday, Feb. 2. During the snow emergency, there will be no parking on any of the designated Snow Emergency Streets, and all vehicles on other streets across the city are to park on the even-side of the street by midnight.

“As always, we're preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best. Our city rallied together to successfully beat back potentially harmful road conditions caused by the snow. And, we know we're up for the challenge again. In order to keep kids and families safe across the city, we're asking everyone to abide by the snow emergency conditions. Stay safe, stay home, and if you are traveling tonight or tomorrow, be smart,” said Mayor Finch.

Mayor Finch also is urging residents with questions to call the Bridgeport EOC hotline at (203) 579-3829.

According to the National Weather Service, current projections regarding timing of the storm in our area will begin between 11:00PM tonight and 1:00PM tomorrow afternoon. The peak of the storm will occur tomorrow between early morning and early afternoon with a potential of 4” of snowfall. After 1:00PM tomorrow, there may be a wraparound of additional snow, potentially up to a couple of inches along with a mix of rain, sleet, and freezing rain.

“The city is maintaining its vigilance on an uncertain forecast. We are asking the community to obey all emergency instructions, but most importantly, to work with us to ensure an effective snow removal operation. As temps drop we ask that you dress in layers, avoid overexertion while shoveling, be careful walking on icy sidewalks, and bring pets inside. When and if traveling, please drive slowly and carefully and allow the plow trucks enough room to operate. And, as always, by working as a team, we will be able to effectively maintain public safety and efficient snow removal operations,” said Bridgeport’s Emergency Management Director Scott Appleby.

Garbage and recycling pickups scheduled for Monday have been cancelled. Pickup schedule will be pushed back one day. The Transfer Station will be closed on Monday.

 

If you are unable to find street parking during the snow emergency, the following parking lots are available:

Ø All schools during off hours.

Ø Surface parking lots across the street from the Ballpark at Harbor Yard

Ø North End Library, 3455 Madison Ave.

Ø Veterans Memorial Park (entrance off Madison Avenue)

Ø Municipal Parking Lot located on the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Jetland Street (adjacent to 2895 Fairfield Ave.)

Ø Health Department at 752 East Main St.

Ø Lot adjacent to the former Waltersville School, 95 Gilmore St.

Ø More information can be found at: http://www.bridgeportct.gov/snow.