Storm updates: School delay, roads are cleared

Thursday, 8 a.m. — Redding schools are on a two-hour delay.

Highway Superintendent Jeff Hanson reports all major roads in town are “OK to travel and getting better by the minute” since the snow is melting. “The temperature is way above freezing,” he said.

He estimates the town got about eight inches of snow. All roads were treated earlier Wednesday and at 3 a.m. today, the highway crew was opening the roads. This morning the crew was finishing up cul de sacs, dirt roas, etc.

Mr. Hanson said a light wind blew snow off tree limbs, which helped, since trees and large limbs did not come down and block the roads. “We dodged a bullet,” he said.

“People have to take it slow and have patience, and they will get where they have to go,” said Mr. Hanson.

CL&P had no reported power outages in Redding this morning, according to its outage map.

Wednesday, 5:15 — Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said in a news alert that CL&P had originally expected to restore power by 5 p.m., but full restoration is now slated for 7 p.m.

He said power to 1,000 homes has been restored. There are 460 still without power. Chief Fuchs said he has been assured by CL&P that its crews will work until the power is back up.

He requests that any power outages be reported directly to CL&P at 800-286-2000. The chief said 911 is for emergencies only.

Wednesday, 5 p.m. — Police Chief Douglas Fuchs cautions that the roads “are pretty bad and are very slippery. There  have been no accidents at this time, he said, but added there are not many cars on the road.

Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. — Highway Superintendent Jeff Hanson said the roads are covered with snow. His crew will be on duty throughout the night.

Mr. Hanson said his crew put Ice B’ Gone on the roads early this afternoon, which helps melt the snow as it falls on the road. “So we’ve got a good base,” he said.

He did not expect the weather the area is experiencing based on reports he got from the weather service he uses.

“At noon, the snow came down fast and furious. Now we’re getting a light snow, but it is constant,” Mr. Hanson said. “It’s supposed to snow all night, and three to six inches is predicted.”

The snow is predicted to end early tomorrow morning and taper off to snow showers.

Wednesday, 3 p.m. — CL&P’s outage map shows that 37% of its Redding customers are without power.

In his emergency alert message, Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said the majority of the outages are on the western side of town but there others.

A CL&P crew is on-site, he said. The power company is giving 5 p.m. as the estimated time by which power will be restored.

Report any outages directly to CL&P at 800-286-2000. The chief said 911 is for emergencies only.Danbury Branch customers should anticipate delays of 60 minutes due to slippery rail conditions.  Please listen for announcements at your station.

CL&P’s outage map shows that 37% of its Redding customers are without power.

In his emergency alert message, Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said the majority of the outages are on the western side of town but there others.

A CL&P crew is on-site, he said. The power company is giving 5 p.m. as the estimated time by which power will be restored.

Report any outages directly to CL&P at 800-286-2000. The chief said 911 is for emergencies only.Danbury Branch customers should anticipate delays of 60 minutes due to slippery rail conditions.  Please listen for announcements at your station.

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