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Shelton Snow Storm Central

Schools are closed, shopping centers are full and residents are buzzing as Shelton has begun gearing up for Charlotte.

Update 2:54 p.m.

All Shelton public schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Update 12:34 p.m.

Chief Hurliman said "the plan for today is to get as much done as possible" with the equipment in use, and crews hope to have most streets cleared before colder weather comes later in the week.

"The latter part of the week is supposed to be very cold and we would advise residents to remove piles of snow from the end of their driveways. Those could be like pyramids by the end of the week, all soaking wet and then frozen solid," he said.

Residents are also reminded to not dump snow onto the street from their driveways, as this sets back DPW progress and can cause accidents.

Update 12:20 p.m.

DPW and the Police Dept. report that the city currently has:

  • 4 loaders
  • 2 backhoes
  • 1 Bobcat 
  • 25 plow trucks

Additionally, 14 private contractors have been hired with a number of payloaders, backhoes and a bulldozer.

Update, Monday 11 a.m.

Garbage and recycling collection has been canceled this week until further notice. DPW crews and first responders are now dealing with freezing rain in addition to massive amounts of snowfall.

United Illuminating, Co. adivses residents that snow blocking sidewall vents (found on the sides of many newer homes) may cause them to malfunction or prevent them from properly expelling exhaust fumes, which could cause an unpleasant odor inside the home or even lead to buildup of carbon monoxide.

Update 1:16 p.m.

The city has hired private contractors for snow removal and hopes to have the major roads cleared by Sunday night.

"We had to resort to that type of equipment because plows were getting stuck and they weren’t able to move the amount of snow," Chief Hurliman said.

Residents are asked to continue using caution while shoveling their driveways and exercise patience with the city's response to certain streets and areas.

Update 1:05 p.m.

All Shelton public and parochial schools will be closed Monday, Feb. 11 due to snow accumulation and "difficulties associated with the clearing of streets, schools and buses.

Meanwhile, all city buildings (City Hall, Senior Center, Community Center, Lafayette Complex,Plumb Library) will also be closed tomorrow due to the weather and Tuesday in observance of Lincoln's birthday. The City's webiste says athey are "hopeful to be in full operation by Wednesday, Feb. 13."

Update, Sunday 6:45 a.m.

Chief Hurliman said it may be Saturday night beforeplows can begin to reach many roads. Echo Hose Co. 1 gives the following update:

"Main roads are not favorable and almost all secondary roads in Shelton are still impassible. Plow crews are working as best they can. Fire Stations continue to be fully staffed and are responding to fire, rescue and now medical calls to assist in removing patients. Please clear out exterior vents for furnace/gas/dryers/etc as fumes can build up inside residences and cause gas odors and carbon monoxide emergency's. Please dial 911 for true emergency's only. Stay Warm, Stay Safe."

Update 11:30 a.m.

Shelton Police report that a Shelton man died early this morning while shoveling his driveway.

Update: 11 a.m.

A death caused by the blizzard has been reported. Danbury Police are investigating the death of a man on Forest Avenue Friday night or Saturday morning.

Update, Saturday 5 a.m.

Police Chief Joel Hurliman reported at about 3 a.m. that mayor Mark Lauretti has declared a state of emergency for Shelton, as most roads are impassable as the snowfall continues into this afternoon. "This is a bad one," Hurliman said.

Today's National Weather Service forecast is as follows:

Snow likely with areas of blowing snow before 9 a.m., then a chance of snow showers between 9 a.m. and noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 29. Blustery, with a north wind 17 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Update, 2:42 p.m.

The city has announced that a Winter Parking Ban will go into effect at 6 p.m. tonight. Alternate side of the street parking is required. On odd-numbered days, please park on the odd-numbered side of the street. On even-numbered days, parking shall be permitted only on the even-numbered side of the street. So tonight, park on the even-numbered side. See attached .pdf for full details.

Update, 12:25 p.m.

All four St. Vincent's Urgent Care Walk-in Centers located in Shelton, Monroe, Bridgeport and Fairfield will close at noon today due to the inclement weather.   Anyone with an immediate health issues should proceed to the Emergency Department of St. Vincent's which will remain open.

Update, 11:45 a.m.

Echo Hose Co. 1 sends residents the following message on Facebook:

"As you all know a significant snow storm is on the way. During this time you may see us on the road shoveling out fire hydrants. We rely on these! Without water peoples homes as well as their lives are at risk. We cannot get to them all so we are asking for your help! If a hydrant close to your home/business is burred, please shovel it out. If you do, please let us know. Send us a picture or write to us so we can thank you for your support!"

Also, Center Stage Theatre is closed due to weather. Tonight's performance of 'Big River' is canceled. Fran & Gary Scarpa will be addressing the storm one day at a time. If you have tickets for Saturday or Sunday please call back tomorrow or check the theatre website regarding the status of the performance. Auditions for the 'Marvelous Wonderettes' are postponed as well.

Original story

The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting heavy snowfall headed for Connecticut and the Shelton area Friday into Saturday, with snow showers beginning as early as 7 a.m. today.

With between 18 to 24 inches of accumulation and strong wind gusts expected between Friday and Saturday afternoons, the NWS has issued a Blizzard Warning that remains in efect until 1 p.m. Saturday and dubbed the storm Winter Storm Nemo. Wind gusts pf up to 55 mph can be expected.

All Shelton public and parochial schools have been closed today die to the impending storm. There will be no bus transportation for out-of-town schools. The following places will also be closed:

  • Plumb Memorial Library & Huntington Branch Library: closed Friday &
    Saturday.
  • Senior Center: closed Friday & Saturday. 
  • Youth Service Bureau: closed Friday.
  • The Transfer Station: closed Saturday.
  • The Community Center: closing at noon on Friday and closed all day on
    Saturday.

NWS warns against traveling during the snow storm. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you, and if you get stranded stay with your vehicle.

Check back with Shelton Patch throughout the storm for real-time updates and important safety and emergency information.

As the snow comes down, be sure to add your photos and videos to our Neighborhood Gallery.

And be sure to sign up for our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as our Breaking Newsletter to be the first to know as new information becomes available.

Mark February 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM
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Tman February 11, 2013 at 01:02 AM
was able to get out...Monroe roads are mostly cleared....shelton should be ashamed of their road dept.every storm is the same issue...avoid shelton...why ?
Sherry O'Donnell February 11, 2013 at 01:23 AM
It is a really b ad situation and we need to be as patient as possible. Neighbors NEED to check in on other neighbors and lend a hand (a house, a shower, a meal, etc. ) as necessary. This is your chance to be a Christian and show others how God wanted us to treat others. Remember the Golden Rule. Do unto others... Remember, if you want help, you need to give help, if you can. People who need help need to accept help and not be stubborn. You don't want to wait until 2 or 3 in the morning when things get really bad and you need to have emergency crews struggle their way to your place and put their lives at risk. Ask and accept help from others in the spirit in which it was intended and you may save yourself and others alot of trouble later on!!!!
Linda February 11, 2013 at 02:20 AM
This is ridiculous! Every road should have had at least one pass by now just for emergencies.
Dave February 11, 2013 at 02:20 AM
One portion of New Street was done this afternoon by a frontloader and plow truck. The frontloader got stuck twice and with the help of the plow truck was able to get out. It was not an easy job and the guys deserve credit.
Leah Salomoni (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Hey Denise -- If you have a picture, please email it to me leah.salomoni@patch.com. Thanks!
Jennifer D February 11, 2013 at 03:06 PM
this was on facebook today Amanda Fredericks I was contacted by someone last night stating they saw someone post about a lost pit bull. My female black & white pitbull went missing yesterday from webb circle/east village in Monroe. I can't find the post so if anyone has information please contact me asap!! I've been worried and looking for her since she went missing. 203-543-9053.
Susan February 11, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Still waiting for a plow to make an appearance on Bruce Drive. I know we're a little cul de sac, but, it's monday, and you would think one pass would have been made by now.
Christine February 11, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Live on Sunset and have not seen a plow since the beginning of the storm Friday morning. It is so embarassing that other towns with higher snow accumulations have had at least one pass with a frontloader (now with the rain too heavy for plows and the potential storm for this coming weekend) while most of Shelton is still buried. Echoing some of the comments already here, definitely time for change in our town governance with someone who really cares about the welfare of our citizens (especially the elderly) and their safety. I know that the people who are currently spending long hours, are exhausted trying to help out the community are trying the best that they can. Thank you to those who have tried and haven't seen their families in days!
Christine February 11, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Leah, thanks for posting at least some current information on the Patch because our town's website lacks the updates that our fellow residents deserve. Stay warm and safe!
Leah Salomoni (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Thank you, Christine! I wish I could give everyone more updates but getting any kind of information is turning out to be a slow process.
Save Shelton NOW! February 11, 2013 at 04:44 PM
I just came back from Stop N Shop in Monroe. It took me 25 minutes to traverse the UNTOUCHED Shelton roads. When I hit the Monroe town line, the road was cleaned to the pavement. Every side street to Stop N Shop in Monroe was plowed just as good. Monroe had the SAME amount of snow as Shelton. So what gives Lauretti? Mark Lauretti's claim to fame is "low taxes for Shelton". Now that would be an accomplishment if he did that with effective budgeting. But that is not what he does. He simply skimps on CRUTIAL services such as our children's education, public works, fire/police/EMS, roads, parks, etc. Has it occurred to anyone else that his "low tax" management style is simply nothing more than INEFFECTIVE city management. Let's get this guy OUT OF HERE. He is singlehandedly transforming this city into one of the WORST places to live in Fairfield County. How is he qualified for this job anyway? Vote of NO CONFIDENCE or acceptance of his RESIGNATION. Either one works for me.
Save Shelton NOW! February 11, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Good point. Another fantastic example of Mark Lauretti's city management style. When will he be held accountable???
Save Shelton NOW! February 11, 2013 at 04:49 PM
According to a city worker: 5 out of the 10 plow trucks are BROKEN (before the storm), so they are trying to do the impossible with of the BASELINE SPARSE resources they need. Another great job by Mark Lauretti.
George Brandt February 11, 2013 at 05:11 PM
George ( Brandts Home Improvements -Snow Plowing ) PLEASE Plow Lucille DR so i can get to customers in need, 3 days and counting. people need to go to pharmacy for perscriptions ECT. My truck is not big enough to plow a path on street, HELP !! Sincerly George Brandt
Mark February 11, 2013 at 05:15 PM
well, finally saw some type of hope... front loader with snow blower attachment on hull street. guy only made one pass and left. had many possibility's of throwing snow but looked like hes never used the machine before
linda February 11, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I wholeheartedly with Save Shelton Now! We need new leadership immediately- not in November!
Alex February 11, 2013 at 07:01 PM
As a Monroe resident, I can say times like this you do pay for what you get. But your low tax plans also attracted businesses like BIC and Energizer, something Monroe has a much harder job in achieving. There's pros and cons to both. Would you pay another 1-3 thousand dollars for having cleaned roads after a storm vs having cleaned roads after every storm except for maybe 1 every few years?
Lebowitz February 11, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Just another black eye for Shelton. 900K can buy some pretty sweet snow clearing equipment. How about that? And, all under the watch of our illustrious mayor. By the way, where is Mayor Mark Lauretti? Perhaps in a warm, sunny locale? Raise your voices people...he has got to go!
Susan February 11, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Bruce Drive got two passes, but the second time the plow was up. Huh?
Christine February 11, 2013 at 08:15 PM
After all the commotion, I am with Save Shelton Now! It is amazing how other Valley mayors kept their residents informed, where the heck is our mayor? Rumor has it he is sunning it up in Florida. Come on, Shelton! Let's get someone in the office that really makes a difference and matters! This guy is WAY PAST his time in office and let's bring Shelton back up from this craziness! Hope all of you are safe and that you are able to get out soon!!
Mark February 11, 2013 at 09:41 PM
the mayor ..... his idea of paving long hill cross road and surrounding roads was to tar and gravel them.... almost went down ring my motorcycle at less then suitable speeds to make it up the hill, let alone with less traction then normal.. he's not the smartest guy in the world by one bit. id rather have a senior student run the town then him
Save Shelton NOW! February 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Street Condition Update: It's 5pm on Monday. The majority of secondary streets are STILL NOT PLOWED. The Public Works guys are out, doing the best they can with old, antiquated equipment. I understand Mr. Lauretti returned from Florida and cancelled school. That is a shock. Education is NOT IMPORTANT to this Mayor. Why invest in our children when we all can have a dog park, million dollar animal shelter and acres and acres of UNUSABLE OPEN SPACE. LET'S GET THIS GUY OUT NOW!!! He is DESTROYING our city! We do not have to tolerate this. If we want better for our community, our kids and our lives, we need to CHANGE the status-quo!
Sherry O'Donnell February 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Perhaps the mayor went to Florida for vacation-planned before the blizzard was predicted? That can't be helped, but there should be someone in charge in case of his absence. How would he get back here if the roads were officially closed by the governor-not just Shelton roads, but state roads and airports? Everyone's nerves and patience are shot, but try to have a clear head.
Richard Martin February 12, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Malloy has said state contractors are now available to towns. I heard that Monroe got state help today. Hello, Mark Lauretti. HELLO??
LM February 12, 2013 at 02:52 AM
oak valley still not plowed just top half COME ON GIVE US JUST ONE PASS not that hard
Concerned Shelton Citizen February 12, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Are you for real? I think safety is a big concern with the Mayor and many parents.. With many of the schools with flat roofs, 3 feet of snow with rain on top of that. Move to florida if you are that so unhappy.
Lynn Tordo February 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Cancelling school has nothing to do with education not being a priority .. schools are being cancelled all over Connecticut. Safety First!!
Denise R. February 17, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Hi Sheery, My neighbor who works at the town Parks Dept. stopped and told me Friday evening that our trash will be picked up next Thursday which is our regular scheduled day. I too thought they would pick up Friday so I dragged both cans out. Uuhg. I live. In the White Hills. Hope this helps.
Sherry February 17, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Hi Denise: Thank you so much for your response. Now I know what to do! Sherry

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