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Snow Piles Block Visibility on Norwalk Roads

Norwalk police are concerned about driving conditions, even though the roadways have been cleared of snow in the wake of Sunday's storm.

Part of the problem is the piles of snow left by plows along the sides of the roads, making it difficult for drivers to see. "I personally observed a lot of high piles," said Sgt. Andre Velez. "Which I think causes drivers to edge out a little more than they should. And I called it into the DPW supervisor. 'Push 'em back or knock 'em down or haul them away.' I don't want to see anyone hurt."

Velez said a number of "accidents consistent with slippery conditions" have been reported. Consider the record of motor vehicle accidents with no injuries from Tuesday:

• 7:41 a.m.: Jet Variety Store on New Canaan Avenue

• 10 a.m.: Global gas station on 93 Main St.

• 10:47 a.m.: intersection of Cross Street and Main Street

• 10:52 a.m.: 10 Mott Ave.

• 11:09 a.m.: 14 Westmere Ave.

• 12:17 p.m.: Jimmy's Mediterranean Deli at 65 Van Zant St.

• 2:55 p.m.: Connecticut Avenue McDonald's

• 3:23 p.m.: Shop-Rite on Connecticut Avenue

• 4:29 p.m.: 268 Fillow St.

• 4:59 p.m.: intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Stevens Street

• 5:25 p.m.: 94 New Canaan Ave.

• 5:48 p.m.: Patriot National Bank, 365 Westport Ave.

• 6:41 p.m.: Walgreens on Main Avenue

• 6:43 p.m.: Crespo Spanish-American Grocery on Main Street

• 7:11 p.m.: Staples on Main Avenue

No injuries were reported in any of the accidents.

According to the Department of Public Works, Norwalk has 250 miles of roadway to clear. Cleanup usually takes 18 to 24 hours after a snowstorm ends and can cost up to $5,000 an hour. Cars parked on the streets cause the biggest problems for the DPW.

Velez said he respects the work of the snowplow operators. "It's a very hard job," he said.

DPW Director Harold Alvord did not return a phone call asking for comment. But one lifelong resident of Norwalk praised his department's efforts. Courtenay Austin remembers the blizzards of 1969 and 1978, when the weight of the snow was too much for the vehicles used to remove it. "The trucks kept breaking down, but the trucks are beefier now and can handle it better," Austin said. "They did a real good job."

Are you happy with the city's snow removal efforts? What about the driving styles of residents coping with the snow?

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