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Greater New Milford holds up well to the storm

Updated 6:23 pm, Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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  • The plowed snow here might not really have been piled as high as the top of New Milford Town Hall Saturday afternoon, but it surely might have seemed so for those who ventured to the village center during the waning hours of the weekend storm. Feb. 9, 2013 Photo: Norm Cummings
    The plowed snow here might not really have been piled as high as the top of New Milford Town Hall Saturday afternoon, but it surely might have seemed so for those who ventured to the village center during the waning hours of the weekend storm. Feb. 9, 2013 Photo: Norm Cummings

 

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The Greater New Milford area bore well the heavy hit dished out by last week's snowstorm.

Public works and highway crews in the seven area towns reported Saturday all major roads were open early in the day. A full opening of secondary roads was anticipated by early evening.

Connecticut Light & Power reported no power outages in New Milford, Washington, Warren, Roxbury, Bridgewater or Kent.

Sherman experienced as much as 10 percent outages but service was resumed to those customers by early this week.

Schools were out of session in all area towns both Friday and Monday, but the students were back to classes Tuesday, albeit with a delayed opening in Region 12.

"We calculate we had some 12 inches of snow in town, but it's difficult to say exactly, with drifting," said Mike Zaraba, the director of New Milford Public Works.

"All of the main roads are open," he added Saturday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued a comprehensive road closure edict extending well into the day Saturday, but many cars were seen on the roads Saturday by late afternoon.

"The public works crews have been doing a great job," Ms. Murphy said Saturday. "We haven't had any real incidents."

The Big Y and Stop & Shop supermarkets in New Milford were both open Saturday for emergency supplies.

In Sherman, First Selectman Clay Cope lauded the town's public works personnel for doing an "outstanding job."

"Our roads are clear. Our guys were out all night," Mr. Cope said mid-day Saturday. "Our fire house was open all night with our volunteers on hand."

Other than "a few fender-benders" Sherman had no incidents that emergency crews had to respond to, Mr. Cope said.

The IGA Market in Sherman was also open Saturday. Its owner, Michael Luizi, sent breakfast out to the public works crew.

"Mike put a big pile of breakfast sandwiches in my hands to take to the crew when I stopped in this morning," Mr. Cope said. "Everybody's come through in this storm."

Businesses in Roxbury were all closed Saturday, including the post office, Roxbury Market, Union Savings Bank and the Minor Library.

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