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Bridgeport Officials Respond To Public At Hearing On Snow Response

A street in Bridgeport, Conn., following a blizzard in February 2013. (file/credit: CBS 2)

A street in Bridgeport, Conn., following a blizzard in February 2013. (file/credit: CBS 2)

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - Bridgeport officials held a hearing Tuesday night to discuss their response to the blizzard earlier this month.

City officials said they were ready for a major storm, but no one forecast the blizzard stalling out an dropping another foot of snow.

They said that hotel rooms or city cots may be available in future storms so plow operators can get to work, public works officials told the Connecticut Post.

The anger was evident four days after the storm.

Off Main Street, WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane found one resident who declared last Tuesday that “This city is a joke. T tell you, we’re doing terrible.”

Some recall the blizzard as the one that left them on their own.

“We plowed our own street,” one man told Murnane. “By hand.”

Can any community afford the heavy gear needed for such a storm? One letter to the editor made the point that Bridgeport lacks the tax base to buy and maintain that equipment.

Residents said surrounding towns did a better job.

Bridgeport said those suburbs lacked dense multi-family housing and streets lined with parked cars.

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