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City Encourages Residents to Prepare for Winter Weather

As the region prepares for the first significant storm and extreme cold of the New Year, the City of Norwalk urges residents to take precautions to keep safe during severe winter weather. Cooperation from residents and businesses is extremely helpful to the efficient and timely removal of snow and ice and the restoration of safe travel in the City.

Here’s what you can do to help:

- Stay off the roads as much as  possible. Give DPW plow drivers time to clear the roads safely before heading out. Make sure to have at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle as well as a disaster supply kit in your car.

- Remove vehicles from the street. If a snow emergency is declared, vehicle owners parked on Emergency Response Routes may be ticketed and/or towed.

- Clear snow and ice from sidewalks and footpaths that adjoin your property. Residents and community groups are encouraged to ‘Adopt-a- Hydrant’ by shoveling a 3 foot circle around a hydrant and a path to the street. In the event of a fire, having hydrants clear can save significant time.

- Drivers must make sure their vision is not impaired by ice or snow and snow must be removed from roofs etc. so it does not slide off and impact or other operators.

- DO NOT shovel or plow snow into the street after the DPW snow plow has begun clearing the street.

- If you have a true medical emergency, contact 911 for assistance, otherwiserefrain from calling Police, Fire, Public Works or Customer Service to find out when your street will be plowed. Crews are working diligently with available resources to clear all City streets as quickly as possible.

- Snow cleanup usually takes between 16 and 24 hours from the end of a snowstorm Cooperation in these activities will allow for quicker and more effective clearance of all city streets.

- Be prepared for power outages. Do not run generators inside your home or use grills, ovens or stoves as heating sources.

For questions or for more information, including winter safety tips and the City’s snow removal policy, visit www.norwalkct.org or www.ready.gov/winter

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