Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:14 p.m.
The Tolland EOC closed at 7 p.m., according to an e-blast sent out from the town. Town Manager Steven Werbner, Public Safety Director John Littell and Public Works Director Clem Langlois, Jr. advise young and inexperienced drivers to stay off the roads until road conditions improve and sightlines are restored.
Crews will be working Sunday at 11 a.m. to push back snowbanks and drifts, and all drivers are urged to be extremely cautious when on the roads.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 3:21 p.m.
Town Manager Steven Werbner reports that the clean up effort is moving along slowly in Tolland.
Several streets have not yet been touched, Werbner said.
A number of problems are slowing down the clean up. Some of the town's equipment is breaking down, crews are tiring and the town's equipment is not large enough to handle the large snow fall, Werbner said.
The National Guard working with the town does not have heavy equipment available to them, and there are not enough state trucks to go around, seeing as all the other towns are in similar situations, Werbner explained.
"We need everyone's continued patience. We are working at it, but it will be slow," he said.
Although the governor's travel ban will be lifted at 4 p.m., Werbner is still asking Tolland residents to stay off the roads if possible.
Werbner said that crews will continue to plug away at the clean up effort. His next area of concern is a rainy forecast for Monday, which will make snow loads on buildings even heavier.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8:43 a.m.
Town Manager Steven Werbner has declared a civil preparedness emergency in Tolland Saturday morning.
Public Safety Director and Emergency Management Director John Littell said that the National Guard is assisting first responders heading out to medical calls.
Littell added that the town is requesting heavy-duty trucks and bucket loaders from the state.
Friday, Feb. 8, 11:21 p.m.
Tolland plow trucks and other town vehicles are off the road due to "treacherous road conditions and blinding wind-driven snow," according to an e-blast sent from the town Friday night.
According to the Tolland Works Facebook page, two town trucks ended up in a ditch.
Friday, Feb. 8, 8:55 p.m.
Emergency personnel have responded to several car accidents Friday evening as the blizzard continued to dump snow on Tolland, according to Public Safety Director and Emergency Management Director John Littell.
Tolland residents were reporting on Tolland Patch's Facebook page Friday night that snow fall had already reached a foot to 15 inches in some areas of town.
The Emergency Operations Center opened Friday at 1 p.m. Town Manager Steven Werbner has asked residents to stay off the roads during the storm.
The town also reminds residents that there is a parking ban, and that those with fire hydrants on their property, make a reasonable effort to keep them clear.
Here are some more storm resources:
- Travel bans and public transportation closures
- Information on the dangers of heavy snow fall on houses and businesses
- Prevention and thawing of frozen pipes
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