Snow Rest for the Weary

13Feb13
Truck full of heroes

Truck full of heroes

With another 2-5″ of snow on it’s way tonight, please feel free to post your snow stories here.

No parking

No parking

Note: the only people who were out and should have been out in the blizzard were EMS, Fire and Public Works.

Photo credit: Michael Ingmanson, EMT http://www.michaelingmanson.com/

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11 Responses to “Snow Rest for the Weary”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    Whew! No snow last night.

    Having read some of the comments on Patch, I have a couple of my own. This was an extremely dangerous storm. Every single road in Stratford was impassable at some point. No exceptions. Three feet (we can debate whether or not it was 34″ or 38″ or something else later) with 50 mph wind gusts and 12F temperatures made it the most dangerous storm anyone can recall.

    When State of Connecticut snowplows get stuck and abandoned, it gives you an idea of how bad it was. Every resource of Fire, Public Works and EMS were out there the entire time. When Fire and EMS arrived on scene these incredibly intrepid people did unimaginable things to get to people in need. That usually meant wading through waist deep snow and 50 mph winds on foot for sometimes hundreds of yards and literally carrying people out. When Fire or EMS became stranded themselves they would call Public Works. Equipment would be dispatched from Public Works and Public Works would rescue the rescuers. A woman in labor was carried out on a Public Works payloader. At one point four ambulances from Bridgeport, Trumbull and Stratford became stranded on Mill Hill Road (the only road at any time to the Emergency Room). Patients were carried by the crews the rest of the way.

    So when I read about how someone shoveled their driveway only to have the snow plowed back into what they just cleared, I can only shrug and say “So what?”.

    I have not been a big fan of Harkins or his administration but in this case the obvious remains the obvious. The main access roads had to be cleared first and then kept cleared. Emergency equipment (fire trucks and ambulances) had to be freed and kept available. That was done. So before anyone criticizes the Town’s response, please start off by thanking Public Works, Fire and EMS. And don’t worry, there will be plenty of other things to criticize about Town government.

  2. 2 mikereynolds

    Well said. I was listening to the scanner Friday night and Saturday and it was a disaster out there.

  3. It sounded like chaos out there. And if I’m not mistaken, I think I heard that it was actually STRATFORD plows and equipment that kept Mill Hill Ave clear in front of the Bridgeport Hospital ED entrance because BRIDGEPORT pulled their plows off the roads. Maybe Stratford DPW should bill Bridgeport for services.

  4. 4 jezebel282

    Bajing,

    “it was actually STRATFORD plows and equipment that kept Mill Hill Ave clear”

    Yes. Yes it was. One Stratford EMS crew was stuck on Mill Hill for four hours. Maybe Bridgeport should just give us the Airport property in return.

    My guess is that your absolute top priority would be the only access to the only hospital, then firehouses, then EMS. Let me repeat that; the ONLY road to the ONLY hospital. Nonetheless, Stratford, Trumbull and AMR got their patients into the ER.

    Another point to make: Many of the Fire and EMS personnel from Friday into Monday could not make it in from their snowed in homes. The ones that did make it in or were able to be brought in just stayed on duty and answered every call. Stratford citizens owe a huge debt of gratitude to the volunteer EMT’s & medics that endured and persevered for our benefit.

  5. Throughout the last week, I’ve asked myself several times (and not all of you will understand my question)….. WHAT WOULD SYLVIA THINK…… GRHS!

    I’m sure y’all know what I do…..

  6. 6 jezebel282

    PCS,

    “WHAT WOULD SYLVIA THINK”

    That someone should make a giant pot of kreplach soup for EMS, Fire and PW?

  7. Jez ~ I certainly don’t negate the PW guys, EMS and Fire….. The PW guys take direction from the top and can’t veer outside of that, so, it is what it is and I hope something was learned from this. Other things, well…… a politician and his sidekicks are just that, politicians, and they wouldn’t know the truth if it slapped them upside the head.

  8. Oh, and yes, they worked their butts off…..

  9. 10 jezebel282

    Isaac is a talented Advanced EMT as well.

    Not surprisingly, his story is fairly typical. Which reminds me, I’ve been asked to in particular thank the unknown citizens on Columbus Ave and Success Ave for their invaluable assistance in freeing ambulances and so many others. I have been told that without the assistance of Stratford citizens like these who were willing to dig and push in the cold and wind, EMS’s job would not have been possible.

  10. 11 jezebel282

    Update:

    I for one am very tired of hearing the blizzard used as a talking point in mayoral debates.

    Like Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, winter storm Nemo was a natural event. Over 3 feet of snow was dumped on us in a 24 hour period with accompanying high winds and low temperatures. Most weather forecasters were only predicting “a lot”. To us, a “lot” is something not much over 10″. This was more than three times that. Welcome to New England.

    Now, most of us could only look out the window from the warmth of our homes and wonder if there was anything good on TV. After a while, that got a bit tedious. Not that it mattered. There was nowhere to go anyway. Almost every store and business was closed for days. So we sat there and wondered when “someone” would do “something”.

    Someone was doing something. EMS, Fire and Public Works were working their butts off in horrible and dangerous conditions to keep us safe. To be perfectly frank, the last people I would want directing anything during that would be politicians.

    As a reminder, The State of Connecticut was unable to keep I95 open. You can forget about the State roads in Stratford.

    So rather than bicker over how many emails went out or robocalls made or inaccurate status conditions how about we all just remember to thank EMS, Fire and Public Works for the, yes, heroic efforts they made.

    Now, about the budget and tax increases……


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