For cities and towns across the state, Mother Nature is becoming quite the drain on their snow budgets, and this March nor'easter will only make matters worse.
Throughout Hamden, there remains heaping piles of snow pushed up against curbs. The snow is left over from Blizzard Charlotte, and residents just want it to stop.
"Kind of nervous, the last time we were stuck here for five days," Jenna Mallico of Hamden said. "Our driveway was piled high. It was crazy."
Blizzard Charlotte blew away the yearly snow budget in Hamden. When the overtime is added to the cost for fuel and salt, along with private contractors for snow removal, that storm alone cost more than $1.5 million.
Now, town officials have to get ready for a March nor'easter.
"Crew one will stay on until midnight," said Joe Colello, who is the Hamden Public Works street superintendent. "We'll go home and Crew 2 will come in, so we'll have fresh crews. That's how it works."
After the 40 inches that hit Hamden during the blizzard, anything now might seems like a light dusting to town officials and residents.
Colello said they'll have all 15 plows out, which will be covering the town's 240 miles of road. They'll even have a couple of guys in the garage, who will be changing out plow blades.
"You plan for the worst and hope for the best," Colello said. "All hands on deck. Plows are on the trucks. Sand is in all the trucks. We're on our routes, ready to go."
And while they're ready, they're still dealing with Charlotte.
Officials said they are constantly getting calls and emails into the town's help desk. The calls alert them to potholes and other problems left over from the last storm.
And with another one on tap, some say spring can't get here soon enough.
"I want it to just go away, sick of it," Mallico said. "No more snow days, I'm over it at this point."
She's not alone. So are the town's crews, even if it means there will still be plenty of work.
"Absolutely, we can't wait to get to all the curb damage, the basin damage, can't wait for that," Colello said. "But we are welcoming the warm weather, absolutely."
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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