In anticipation of a heavy snowstorm expected to begin overnight Tuesday, March 20 and continuing through Wednesday, March 21, the Greenwich Board of Selectmen have imposed a snow emergency that will restrict on-street parking throughout Town.
The snow emergency, which prohibits on-street parking on designated snow emergency routes, will go into effect at 9:00pm on Tuesday, March 20, and continue until further notice.
First Selectman Peter J. Tesei also announced that Greenwich Town Hall will be open for business from 8:00 am to 12 Noon on Wednesday, March 21. All Town Hall offices will close at 12:00 noon on March 21 and all meetings and events scheduled for Wednesday afternoon and evening are CANCELLED.
Because of the National Weather Service’s winter storm warning that includes a forecast of 12 to 15 inches of heavy wet snow and sleet, with wind gusts up to 45 mph, Tesei announced that there also will be partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center at the Greenwich Public Safety Complex beginning at 9:00 am Wednesday, March 21.
According to the National Weather Service “travel will be very difficult to impossible” during the storm.
The parking ban will enable Department of Public Works crews and its contractors to effectively clear Town roadways.Residents are advised to park their vehicles in their driveways or in their yards.
Residents also may use municipal parking lots to park their vehicles. The snow emergency will remain in effect until the Board of Selectmen, which is the Town’s traffic authority, removes the snow emergency.
Residents should avoid all downed utility wires and assume they are live.
In the event of flooding, residents are urged to stay out of flooded basements. Energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard. Natural gas service in a
flooded basement may also pose a danger.
Safety tips when arranging to have natural gas service restored once flood waters have receded:
• If the natural gas meter and/or regulator were under water, customers must first contact their natural gas company.
• If any natural gas equipment (furnace, boiler, water heater, etc.) has been under water, they need to contact a plumbing and heating contractor to have the equipment checked. Those affected can then contact their natural gas company to have service restored.
Homeowners should never attempt to turn on or shut off natural gas service.
TO REPORT ONLY EMERGENCIES – For all Police, Fire and EMS emergencies, dial 911.
Emergency Helplines – Utilities:
Aquarion Water Company 1-800- 732-9678
Eversource 1-800- 286-2000
CT Natural Gas Company (203) 869-6900
Should residents lose power, the following location is available as a warming and electronic device charging center: Greenwich Public Safety Complex, 11 Bruce Place. Open 24/7.