Easton digs out from storm

Dog in snow

Jagger Bowditch, 1, fetches a stick in the snow. Photo by Wendy Bowditch

The blizzard dropped two feet of snow in many parts of the state, in some areas as much as 38 inches, but Easton fared better with much less than that except for where the snow drifted.

Residents are digging out this morning, along with First Selectman Tom Herrmann, who was out clearing snow from his property. Eastonites are relieved to have power, and the fact that it’s the weekend means they have time to clear their property and can stay off the roads.

Town crews are out plowing local roads. The statewide state of emergency remains in effect this morning, and state roads and highways remain closed. Governor Dannel Malloy urges people to stay home.  He expects the travel ban to remain in effect for all roads, not just state highways, throughout the day.

The governor is asking people to check their furnace vents so carbon monoxide doesn’t build up in their homes and to clear fire hydrants. Stranded cars are presenting a serious problem, both to the drivers because it is extremely difficult to reach and rescue them, and to road crews attempting to make roads and highways passable.

Governor Malloy said that 39,000 people are out of power, mostly in the Southeast part of the state.

Tomorrow will see more sunshine and lighter winds, which continue to blow in gusts today. It will be a better day for clearing.

Children and pets are out enjoying the snow, although it is too deep and the wind is too gusty for small children to be safe outdoors.

Jagger, 1, the Bowditch family Saint Bernard, is among those out frolicking in the snow.


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