Philippe Senat is expecting to work a normal shift Tuesday his foreman told the snow plow operator to head home at 5 p.m.
That is because the National Weather Service canceled the Winter Storm Warning in effect for Southern Fairfield County and replaced it with an ice storm warning . Norwalk may see up to 3 inches of snow through Tuesday afternoon, but by 6 p.m. Wednesday there may be a half-inch of ice coating the area. This means that tree limbs and power lines may go down, and conditions will be dangerous for travelers.
"This is the toughest winter I have ever seen," said Senat, who has been a Norwalk Department of Public Works employee for about 12 years.
His route is relatively easy, but he feels bad for Mark Re, who must plow through many parked cars. Re said he and his partner plow "Ohio, Delaware, Plymouth, West Main, all through there." Cars parked on both sides of the street make it impossible to fit a plow down the road. "You can't get through the middle," Re said. "If you pick up a rock or slide on ice you'll hit a car." Some people park their cars at the end of their driveways to keep the plow from dumping snow there, but that keeps him from adequately plowing the street.
It's a no-win situation, he said. People will complain if the road isn't plowed, but they'll complain about damaged vehicles.
Re had heard that the city of Stamford towed 30 cars in the most recent snowstorm, and he thought that was great. According to Raul Jien of Rallye Tire and Auto Service, 34 cars were towed in Norwalk during the Jan. 13 storm. Re liked hearing that, but said, "They gotta do it where there are a lot of cars parked in the street. Hit them in the pocket, where it hurts."
Jien said the cars his company towed two weeks ago were on snow emergency routes.
The weather had turned to rain at 1 p.m. Re said, "Stays like this they'll probably send us home, who knows?"
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