Southington prepares for winter blizzard

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Town Manager Garry Brumback announced that the town is prepared for today’s winter storm. Forecasts are calling for 22”-32″ of snow over a 36 hour period with significant winds and difficult driving conditions. In a press release, Brumback asked Southington residents that any non-emergency travel after midnight tonight be eliminated.

“The Highway Department has already reported and begun preparing hills and intersections, and we are expecting them to do their best to keep our roads safe under most circumstances,” Brumback said in the release. “However, because of the length of this storm and the severity of both the snow and the wind, we will be required to provide breaks for our plow operators and expect that to begin after midnight tonight.”

Brumback reported that the police are bringing in normal shifts, but the fire department will increase staffing by 20 fire fighters. AMR has prepositioned three ambulances at Station 5, the main station and their headquarters off of Atwater.

The report noted that tonight’s Town Council is canceled, and Town Hall will be closed for non-essential workers tomorrow. “All employees should plan on reporting for duty at normal working hours on Wednesday unless they hear otherwise,” Brumback said in the release.

Utilities across the state have pre-positioned crews, Brumback noted in the report.  Utilities are expecting Level One outages which could impact power to some of Southington’s residents.  “Only in the event of significant power outages will we open the shelters,” Brumback said in the report. “The shelters are prepared and CERT has been notified.”

The twon will also activate the Virtual EOC starting at 4 p.m. today. The fire and police departments are in the process of contacting residents on the Special Needs Registry, and Brumback’s office will provide updates on both the weather and any additional closing via email. Reports will also be updated on the the town’s Facebook page as well as the Southington Police Facebook page.

The report also indicated that Southington parks will be closed at midnight tonight in the expectation of significant snowfall and the possibility of falling branches.

“We have coordinated with the Superintendent’s office, and he is expecting to cancel school for tomorrow,” Brumback said in the release. “When schools open is to be determined.”

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