Move Your Car: Norwalk Snow Emergency Starts Wednesday Night

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Norwalk residents are asked to keep their cars off the streets starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Norwalk residents are asked to keep their cars off the streets starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling has declared a snow emergency in the city, effective at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Residents are asked to remove their cars from on-street parking and open-air municipal lots to allow plows to pass through. The city will offer free parking at town-run parking garages: the Maritime Garage at 11 N. Water St. and the Yankee Doodle Garage at 3 Burnell Blvd.

In particular, the city’s Department of Public Works has published a list of streets that are more difficult to plow than others. Residents of those streets are asked to keep their cars off the roads as soon as possible. The full list is available on the city website.

“With very cold temperatures and possible power outages, please check on the welfare of elderly relatives and neighbors and bring pets inside to protect them from the cold and snow,” Rilling said via a CodeRed message Wednesday. “Before driving make sure your vehicle is clear of snow and ice for your safety and the safety of others on the road.”

The police department also reminded residents to shovel sidewalks, with 6 to 14 inches of snow expected to fall across the state Thursday. The fine for not shoveling can be $250 per day.

Residents can call the Norwalk Customer Service line at 203-854-3200 for service requests or complaints.

A Winter Storm Warning begins at midnight and lasts until Friday, Feb. 14, at 6 a.m. The major nor’easter should arrive in earnest in the area at about 3 a.m. Thursday. The snow could be heavy at times Thursday morning and produce strong, gusty winds.

The current projection for snowfall accumulation is for 10 to 14 inches in most of Fairfield County, with less along the immediate shoreline. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s to low 30s, with northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph and gusts of up to 30 mph.

The heavy, wet snow combined with gusting winds could cause trees and power lines to fall. Travel conditions will be treacherous with the significant snowfall.

Periods of snow should continue until around the early morning hours of Friday.

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Some cars are buried and probably won't be moved until April. The city needs to step up enforcement and ticket these cars to get them off the streets.
The city plows need to be slower and more careful with their plows. They throw huge waves of heavy snow up covering areas that most people have just cleared. Many roads are now a lot narrower than they should be, and what once was easily plowable is now hard as concrete.

All true, but people would go nuts if the plows took too much time.
Bewildering to me is the people across the street from me have 6 cars. 1 is always left in their driveway, unused.. Everybody can be home when hearing the plow the next road over. All they have to do is get up and drive away. What they do, is watch the plow burry them and later while digging out, shovel all the snow into the freshly plowed road. When they leave for work and the plow returns, not all their cars are moved yet. The plow weaves around them once again burring the remaining cars. They come home from work, park nearly in the middle of the road. Shoveling now is impossible, it's frozen solid. 4 parking spots on the road are taken by snow left from the plows.
I've lived here since 83 and have a half dozen neighbors in that house. Only 1 understood what they needed to do.
It's 30 right now, none of that snow is going to melt or soften so it can be shoveled. Tonight we are going to have single digits.
I can't even explain what it looked like last night after 1am when all 5 cars returned.
Tickets would be nice. Towing would get the message across. But stupid, you'll never fix stupid.

Ken. Have you signed up for Code Red? Reverse 911 for storm updates and other emergencies in Norwalk?
I received an e- mail and phone call from Mayor Rilling yesterday.
Go to city web site to put in phone numbers and e-mail address so you can be notified.

I get a call every time schools cancelled. Would be nice if they could do that for the storm. My cars are off the street anyway but even if they weren't how does a person get home from the municipal garage?

It would be a good idea to put this on the radio and News12, in a couple of languages. There are roads that are still barely one lane from the previous storm. Not everybody has the internet!!

Residents are asked to remove their cars from on-street parking and open-air municipal lots to allow plows to pass through.