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A Norwalk photo #129

(John Levin)

NORWALK, Conn. – John Levin took this photo Wednesday on Chestnut Hill Road, near Pumpkin Lane. Vehicles had stopped because icy conditions had made driving unsafe.

7 comments

DEE January 6, 2022 at 11:08 am

Just one example of how BAD the roads were. Shame on the Superintendent for not calling for a delay! To send an apology later, does not make up for it. Maybe it wasn’t bad when the first buses started rolling but it certainly got bad quickly. However, a delay could have been called for our middle and elementary schools. Instead students were subject to scary, icy travel conditions and spending time waiting in gyms/cafeterias for teachers to arrive.
Only district in the area to start school on time, seriously!

Jalna Jaeger January 6, 2022 at 2:53 pm

Yes,a lot of schools cancelled.why doesn’t the superintendent buy a weather radio? They issued an ice warning until 10am! I looked out the window at traffic creeping down East Ave with their emergency flashers on,and stayed home!

Fran Di Meglio January 6, 2022 at 3:47 pm

No excuses. Irresponsible. I counted 22 people on the NPS website “Meet the Team”. Were they all in on time?

George January 6, 2022 at 6:56 pm

Stop playing the blame game and get over it!

The roads iced over in a matter of 15 minutes. No town can predict that and react fast enough. Try to remember that a truckload of salt will slide on ice just as fast as a go-cart.

And for God’s sake stop listening to the TV weather people. They are not forecasters. TV stations subscribe to weather services.

I’ll go our on the limb here and say Friday’s snow will be anywhere between 1 inch and 46 feet. See!?
I’ll be just as correct as the TV weather people!

Shari Brennan January 7, 2022 at 11:48 am

Thanks George for legit comments.
Look outside people. You don’t need the town to give you a Stay at Home pass. Use your judgement.

M Murray January 8, 2022 at 9:02 am

George, your comments might have some validity if every other school district in the county made the same wrong call as Norwalk. When you are the only one to screw up this badly, someone needs to be held accountable.

George January 9, 2022 at 7:22 pm

M. What was the right call? Why should anyone with a brain not stop driving as soon as the roads iced over? I was on a call with a friend who pulled over on a rt 53/ Newtown Ave. and waited for 1.5 hours for a State DOT truck to salt.

A family member works at Weston schools. The called for a 2 hour delay at 6:47 and closed schools at 7:13. One of their coworkers drove from NY and pullup up to the school at 7:18 asking where everyone was.

It’s a judgement call by the 300k a year Superintendent. Common sense is priceless. Good luck holding the Superintendent responsible.

Again, when freezing rain starts at 0630 and flashes over to ice very quickly there is no way anyone can react that fast unless they are Monday morning quarterback with a magic 8 ball.

Check out the State DOT weather roundup site. You’ll see they reported no rain or freezing rain until the 7am report from the Darien and New Canaan DOT garages. There is no DOT garage in Norwalk.

https://www.dotdata.ct.gov/WeatherRoundUp/WRU_Reports/WRU_Report_A3.HTM

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