Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release
January 31, 2021
MAYOR GANIM ANNOUNCES CITY OF BRIDGEPORT SNOW EMERGENCY IN EFFECT AS OF 4PM TODAY, RESIDENTS DIRECTED TO PARK ON "ODD" SIDE OF THE STREET - NO PARKING ON EMERGENCY ROUTES
Bridgeport, CT – Mayor Ganim announces the declaration of a Snow Emergency in effect as of 4:00pm today, Sunday January 31, 2021. Residents are directed to park on the ODD side of the street, and not to park on Emergency routes. City officials also encourage residents to remain safe at home to allow easy passage for the City Public Facilities crew to efficiently pre-treat the streets tonight starting at 8:00pm.
As forecasted by the National Weather Service, the city expects to see snowfall begin around 12midnight, with the majority of snowfall to be steady and impacting our region between 7:00am -7:00pm on Monday.
• All city of Bridgeport offices will be closed on Monday, February 1st, 2021 with staff working remotely.
• Sanitation, Recycling, Brown Bag & Christmas Tree Collections, will be cancelled Monday February 1st, and Tuesday, February 2nd.
If your regularly scheduled day is Monday – it will be Wednesday, and Tuesday postponed till Thursday.
• Parks and Transfer Station will be closed Monday February 1st, and Tuesday, February 2nd.
DPF has been properly preparing with a crew of 50 plow vehicles as well as independent contractors to assist with clearing the roads and any downed trees. For snow plowing issues, call 203-576-7130 or preferably, residents may use the city’s reporting mobile application Bridgeport 311 - any time of day or night.
Plowing Operations in Bridgeport are prioritized to clear major travel routes first. This allows public safety vehicles and first responders access to most parts of the City. The initial plowing activities also provide most residents a clearing within two-to-three blocks of their home and most destinations in the City. Other factors include locations of hospitals, schools, major commercial centers and other facilities with large public interest.
Parking During the snow emergency, residents must move their cars off posted snow emergency streets. A list of snow streets can be found on the City’s website by clicking here or the full link: http://www.bridgeportct.gov/content/341307/341423/342861/342870.aspx. Additionally, snow emergency streets are marked with white signs with red lettering.
Residents to move their vehicle to the ODD side as of 4:00pm, today, Sunday, January 31st in order to clear city passages.
• Move your vehicle to the side of the street with addresses that are ODD numbers that is now clear of snow.
• Owners of vehicles that do not comply with the parking ban on emergency streets or alternate side of street parking will have their vehicle towed and incur a minimum $130 towing fee.
Snow Emergency Parking Lots - In the event that parking is not available for residents, Snow Emergency Parking Lots are open to the public for parking which include all school parking lots in their district and the Health Department parking lot at 752 East Main Street.
Sidewalks – Do not begin shoveling your sidewalks until street plowing is complete. Commercial and/or residential owners who push snow into the streets or do not clear snow on the sidewalks in front of their buildings are subject to a $100.00 fine per ordinance for each incident.
Adopt a Hydrant – residents are encouraged to clear snow and make a path to a fire hydrant in their neighborhood to assist the Bridgeport Fire Department in case of fire or other emergency.
Snow Related Emergencies
Residents may call the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center hotline at 203-579-3829 with any snow related emergencies.
If residents suffer a loss of electricity call the United Illuminating customer hotline at 800-722-5584 or 203-579-3829. Both numbers are for 24-hour emergency service.
Immediate danger to life and health issues call 9-1-1.
Operation Care - to help protect the homeless population from unsafe temperatures, please call 2-1-1. Homeless Outreach Team has continued to work with Prospect House and Operation Hope to connect the homeless population with shelter. City officials prompted the emergency activation of the YMCA at 650 Park Avenue, which will remain open for those in need through Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021.
For the latest updates and information about the snowstorm, residents are asked to check Bridgeportct.gov/snow, local media and follow the City of Bridgeport on Twitter and Facebook.