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Hills Impassable: Branford FD Warns Residents to Stay off Roads

Winter storm causes more than two-dozen spinouts on Branford roads.

Branford Deputy Fire Chief William Pepe is advising residents to stay off the roads due to the hazardous weather conditions. So far the Branford Police Department has responded to about two dozen spin-outs since the snow began to fall slightly after noon today.

By 6 p.m. this evening, Pepe said any road with a hill in Branford has become impassable due to snowfall, which is causing slick conditions. Cedar Street from Route 1 to the entrance of the I-95 ramps is impassable at this time, he said.

“We are asking residents to remain indoors for the next couple of hours or until morning,” he said.

Pepe said Branford Public Works has made one pass on roads this evening and they are about 80 percent cleared. The snow continues to fall and PWD plows are working to keep roads clear. "I commend the Branford Public Works for working dilligently to stay ahead of the snowfall." To help the plows do their job, it's best if residents stay off the roads. 

Branford Fire Department has also responded to one small chimney fire this evening, but no one was injured and the structure has not been significantly damaged.

Please drive carefully.

Maureen Campagna December 30, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Another thought, what if an ambulance has to get through or a fire engine
kelly jo December 30, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I agree with Maureen to the extent that emergency vehicles need to be able to get where they are going. If your job doesn't understand you not being out and about in crappy weather they shouldn't be operating in the NE. Are you willing to take the chance of getting stuck or in an accident for the few extra hours?
Cynthia Caron Tamsin December 30, 2012 at 05:11 AM
I believe (not certain) when an ambulance is called, they send a plow also. I drove home from work early this evening too. I just drove very slow. I'm not looking to argue with anyone, just save much needed funds in this horrific economy.
Homer December 31, 2012 at 02:50 AM
The police,fire and public works departments work as a team during adverse weather conditions. They are in constant communication with each other. The people in branford should be proud of the dedicated folks who keep this town running.
life long citizen of Branford December 31, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Maureen, every plow Branford owns was on the road on Saturday, since 12:30pm to be exact, in weather conditions such as we had, it is not easy to keep the roads clear the entire night, many times it falls at such a rate that it is nearly impossible to keep up, despite how many plows are out. Have you ever had to drive a plow during a Nor'easter Maureen? Just wondering if you are speaking from your own personal experience???

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