Manchester Struggling to Clear Snow After 'Historic' Storm

The General Manager says the goal is to have all roads in town cleared by the Monday morning commute.

Manchester's Public Works crews are struggling to clear roads in town after an "historic" blizzard dropped almost three feet of snow on the area. 

General Manager Scott Shanley told Patch Saturday evening that 80 percent of the roads in town were "passable" by the time the majority of crews were sent home for the night at 9 p.m. Shanley said two crews will remain on through the night to assist emergency vehicles, and everyone else will be back in at 7 a.m. Sunday morning. 

"Historic storm challenging the edges of equipment capability and personnel," Shanley told Patch in an email. "Needing to deploy tandem trucks to avoid stranding. Weight of snow bogs down large equipment requiring new tactics,  far more time to consuming than 'normal' storm." 

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Shanley said the goal is to have all roads in town cleared by the Monday morning commute.  

Lauren Wiganowske February 10, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Horton road, off Woodland Street, haven't seen a plow since Friday. Guy out there snow blowing the street.
cant get out February 10, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Linden street still has 3 ft of snow. Mrytle n locust street all cleared. I can c main street from house which is all clear 2. Town of Manchester come dig us out
jill carr February 10, 2013 at 06:46 PM
I just wanted to let people know there may be some hope - a plow FINALLY came through the Bryan Drive/Pond Lane area - very unexpected. I hope the town gets to your areas too really soon. Agree with ALL, there just has to be a better way to communicate (especially in this day and age) to town residents/tax payers of the status of things during disasters/snow storms. We have to come together as one and get a message to our town officials in charge (haha) - whoever that maybe, is the question. Good Luck to Everybody and thanks for the Patch Blog...
jill carr February 10, 2013 at 07:01 PM
I see that the Patch News only posted a portion of my message - the rest read: I agree with all of the blogs and that we as town residents/tax payers deserve to be kept abreast thru some communication of status of things during storms. Also stated, that we need to come together as a community and let our town officials know how we feel. Also, stated: Good Luck to each of you and thanks for the Patch News!
Brian February 10, 2013 at 07:06 PM
I've been all over Manchester and an awful lot of streets have been hit at least once. My street, Windemere has only one narrow strip down the center for emergency vehicles. I know they're trying their best but before widening main roads they should at least hit all the roads once, then go back and fix up the main roads and so forth.
Philip Scalzo February 10, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I am disgusted with Manchester Town hall. We had not seen a plow the whole storm doing anything. I see town of Manchester plow trucks just driving all over the place with full salt sand and not plowing at all. They are on Hartford Road just driving up and down. My neighbors and I all got together with our snow blowers and shovels and cleared our own road Westwood street. I have never seen such inept people running a town and if this is what we expect when it snows then they should all be fired. So to any town hall person who is reading this. You own all the people of Westwood Street a paycheck for doing the plow mans job that he didn't do.
tina bourke February 10, 2013 at 07:31 PM
I noticed the goal on the first line of this article is by Monday morning commute. Given the magnitude of the storm, i.e., the weight of the snow and the amount accumulated all at once, I thought that was a reasonable goal. There are blogs all over the place on the condition of Manchester. Some have already posted this article on other sites. Discrediting seems to be effective? I like the manager. I think it was a "gullywhomper" is all.....
Linda February 10, 2013 at 08:57 PM
West street finally has been plowed. Progress is being made.
Pat February 10, 2013 at 09:08 PM
What looks like a town plow just drive by on Cougar Dr (east to west, or Wetherell to Star Farms). Unfortunately, it appears to have stalled and is stuck just west of the intersection with Cyr Rd.
GM February 10, 2013 at 09:27 PM
What does 80% mean? Is it 80% of the lane miles, or 80% of the named roads? What I object to is deliberately plowing in the end of the road, and then doing it again after residents dug it out!
Jon Crickmore February 10, 2013 at 09:55 PM
@ Al : There a reason why you post the street names my family members live on simply because you don't like my comment ? Al who ? LOL How many of you would actually post if you had to use your real names ? James you and Al would be gone for sure. Man or mouse ? Squeak up. Last i checked my street was not plowed and is usually plowed by a neighbor because the town rarely shows up till the storm is over to plow us out. @Richard: My family member would be able to get to a hospital even if it meant i had to carry them to a main road. I'm not so dependent on the world that i could not survive a couple days. I'm currently 8 thousand miles from home in a 3rd world country watching my mother in law die in a hospital that most if not all of you wouldn't let an animal sleep in. The ignorance of so many of you is disgusting. How entitled you guys are is laughable and shameful. I wish i could post pics on here of my trip so you elite can see there is a world outside of your own. I really feel bad for you guys sitting in your warm houses watching TV and playing on your computers. I know of 22 families that would trade your hardships for one more hug and kiss of their child one more chance to say i love you. You people are disgusting.FYI this has nothing to do with sticking up for Manchester. The town is a joke and always will be.I'm sure most of you voted for this so live with it.
James Bond February 10, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Only a fool like you would write the trash you post.Its nice to see more people will understand just how trivial you truly are.Dismissed!!
tina bourke February 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM
@Jon, hum, I'm guessing perhaps some of you know each other and/or work together for the town or the BOE? Please try to ignore all of this as it isn't even close to being as important as to what your dealing with.. Take care of yourself. Some people in town do care about a parent passing especially so far away from you! Thank you for the gratitude also in reminding us what we do have instead of what we don't have.....
Martha Eddy February 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Thank you Giola Landscaping and Contracting, Manchester, CT. The man in the monster truck with plow opened up Otis Street around 4pm today and tried not to do a number on our sidewalks by refilling in the shoveled walkways.
A Grateful Citizen February 11, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Our neighbor died yesterday while snowblowing his driveway. I understand that in situations like these, it is important for emergency vehicles to have access to the roads but if your are simply just being unconvinced, be grateful you could be planning a funeral!
Jerry O'Connor February 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM
I happened to be out driving today for about three hours. Manchester looks good compared to surrounding towns. (Check in with folks in Glastonbury!) Manchester’s emergency ops folks had a plan and they followed it successfully. Plows were teamed with emergency vehicles Friday night and Sat am to handle 911 calls. This is the most snow I’ve seen in one 24 hour period and I’ve been here since ’75. Many of the smaller plows and even some of the good sized commercial plows couldn’t handle the depth/weight – lots of transmission problems. The Town’s plowing prioritization ensured that emergency vehicles/personnel could get close enough to virtually every house to provide life and property saving services if needed. Remember, the Town’s primary goal in an emergency is to ensure the lives and safety of its residents – not their convenience. It is simply not feasible to keep enough equipment and staff on hand to easily handle the kind of snowstorm that occurs every 20 years or so. If the Town Manager’s goal of having every street plowed by Monday AM is met I’ll rate the overall effort as outstanding.
stacy February 11, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Linda February 11, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Thank you to the private contractor who opened up a lane part way up Bremen Rd. at 4:00 on Saturday. When the town bulldozer and plow gave us our three minutes at 4:00 on Sunday, they didn't even widen what was already open. The street is so narrow that it is still hard to get in and out. I hope they will give us another 3 minutes to widen the street. We could see trucks going by on West Center St. all day Saturday and Sunday but they never turned in.
Jon Crickmore February 11, 2013 at 04:32 AM
@ Tina: Many of the fictitious characters and other wise nameless people on here might know each other but i personally don't know them nor do i care what they say or think about me. My satisfaction comes from knowing that my name is renting space in their heads. I stand proud knowing that doing the next right thing and helping others infuriates them. Al on the other hand must know me since he posted the street names my family members live on. (one of which is 97 yrs old) Hold your head proud Al your a great example of the problems in society today. Then we have the almighty Bond who is constantly reminded by others on this site what a lunatic he is. That's all that needs to be said about him. @Stacey: I was telling a man this morning about the crying going on back home. He laughed that people look at an inconvenience like some kind of world ending tragedy. He then told me that had this happened in his country all of the neighbors would be out with shovels,cups,spoons, and anything else that could move the snow. They would work together as a community and overcome. The change in my pocket was more then this man makes in a month yet he is richer then most Americans could ever dream of. Thanks for your post however i must warn you. Many people on here will now attack you for using capital letters and misspelling words. Don't worry it just means you struck a nerve with them. KEEP POSTING THEY HATE IT WHEN SOMEONE MAKES SENSE.
James Bond February 11, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Mr Self Righteous strikes again people.
tina bourke February 11, 2013 at 01:58 PM
You are a wise and humble person! The fact that your family's streets were listed doesn't surprise me and being torn apart for recognizing the pettiness is a pattern that of wise and humble people will recognize. Cyber world can produce power in numbers but that doesn't equate to truth. I will stick up for the manager as this was about the storm!
Joel Mrosek February 11, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I happen to be on a ten day vacation, which ends on Wednesday. This post has made it that much better. I am glad for two things. 1. The snow will not impact me when I return and 2. Pettiness is still alive and well from the normal "patch players". Ironically, I am on a ski vacation!
bob s February 11, 2013 at 02:48 PM
I closed Mulberry Street on Fri early and all day Sat... It became clear early on the town was struggling with this storm so Sunday I plowed plarking spots on both sides of Main Street. On Sun we had a strong sales day...If the parking had been open in front of other businesses they would have done the same. Points; West Hart had Main Street district cleaned up and open on Saturday afternoon. On Sat Manch had the town lots behind Main St cleared...they would not be needed until Mon earliest. The Cemetaries in Manchester were plowed on Sat afternoon. Many Streets in Manch did not see a plow for over 24 hours.West St, Glenwood, Masters Way....Hackmatack (maybe once) ...I plowed it twice on Sunday morning. It would be easy to state people are not doing their job...not the case...I realize the need for drivers to take breaks and take care of primary routes ...and yes this was a 100 year storm...but it is confusing why once the main roads had been reasonably cleared...our priorities could have shifted to make at least one pass over the places that seem forgotten... I also would expect the snow on main Street to be cleared by today. I don'th think it un reasonable for a taxpayer to expect to have a plow make at least one pass within a twelve hour window after a major storm. We want a vibrant downtown that is competitoive with our neighbors...re-address priorities and build in flexibility to do so...we can and should expect it to be better than this.
bob s February 11, 2013 at 02:50 PM
And thanks to all the people who have worked so hard before, during and after the storm.... Bob Sulick
tina bourke February 11, 2013 at 03:12 PM
@Joel, another "blockbuster" storm predicted for the weekend..
tina bourke February 11, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Bob, I think having a business on Main st. would make that a priority for one but not for everyone?. I thought the cemetaries were a separate contractor? I want a vibrant town in all areas of town, not just Main..... Having the lots plowed behind the stores, wouldn't that provide parking for the stores? I'm not comfortable forcing a hand this way..... There are things to be looked at yes, but talk of firing the town manager, shame on us!!!!!
Edie February 13, 2013 at 04:13 PM
I agree with you. Manchester did pretty well compared to some of the other towns and citys. Maybe what the governor should have done was closed the state down since everything was closed anyway and not allow anyone on the streets like they did in 1978. This allows for the cleaning of the streets and if anyone is caught driving on the roads unless for emergency purposes they were fined. I've lived in this town for over 50 years and not all roads were completly plowed some only had a one way path in them to allow one car to get through.
tina bourke February 13, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Jon, just a quick shout out, if you need anything during this time of need, i.e., like a home made meal or a blanket sent to your mom, give a shout, we are only across town!
b g February 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM
I know the plow truck drivers did everything they could to get this town on it's feet again. What I don't understand is why would they pull all the plow trucks off the road Saturday 2/9/13 at 9:00 p.m. and not have them return until Sunday morning at 7 a.m. Before Ken came along to run the highway department, like the money to pay these men was coming out of his own pocket, this town never had problems with snow removal. There was enough salt/sand and the intersections wouldn't have 5-6 feet of snow to try to look to see if it is safe to pull out of a street. HE NEEDS TO GO.
tina bourke February 17, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I hope he gets a raise and positive acknowledgement dealing with the amount of snow we had in this storm. Also, your question was explained in another formal post. I'm not sure where I read it but it made perfect sense to me....


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