From the Board of Selectmen, Saturday 6:30pm
With a forecast for another winter storm that is expected to begin in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 7, and continuing through the day, the Greenwich Board of Selectmen has 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 8:00pm Saturday, February 6, and continue until further notice. (The complete list of streets can be found below.)
The snow emergency is being imposed because the National Weather Service winter storm forecast includes a moderate to heavy snowfall of five to eight inches and a northeast wind with gusts up to 35 mph. The snow is expected to taper off by late afternoon to early evening Sunday. Temperatures will remain in the 20s.
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.
By Town ordinance, Greenwich property owners are required to be responsible for keeping all sidewalks along their property clear of snow and ice.
The Town of Greenwich prohibits plow contractors from pushing snow from driveways or parking lots onto Town streets. This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts. If there is no other alternative to pushing snow into the street, the private plow driver
must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe.
The Department of Public Works reminds local restaurant operators who have permitted outdoor dining nodes, that the restaurants are responsible for all snow cleanup of the areas behind the node barriers. Restaurant operators also are responsible for cleaning the sidewalk along the front of their respective property. Tents and canopies should be removed until after the storm.
“We ask residents that when they are out shoveling snow from their driveways and sidewalks, to also clear nearby fire hydrants. By clearing a three-foot radius around the hydrant will help save precious time in battling a fire.
The snow emergency will remain in effect until the Board of Selectmen, which is the Town’s traffic authority, removes the emergency declaration.
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
CT Natural Gas Company 1-203-869-6900
Frontier Communications 1-800-239-4430
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.
SNOW EMERGENCY STREETS
Bruce Park Avenue
East Elm Street
East Putnam Avenue (Maple Ave. to Library)
Field Point Road
Sound View Drive
West Elm Street
West Putnam Avenue
Church Street West
Division Street West
North Water Street
South Water Street
Western Junior Highway
William Street West
Old Field Point Road
Saint Roch Avenue
Glenville Road/Street from Glenridge Road to Pemberwick Road
Riversville Road from Glenville Road, north to entrance to Glenville School
East Putnam Avenue (Field Rd. to Diamond Hill)
River Road Extension
RIVERSIDE AND MIANUS
North Sound Beach Avenue
Sound Beach Avenue
West End Avenue