BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut’s largest city continues to struggle with last week’s epic snowfall.
Streets remain blocked. Some residents remain snow-bound. Even main drags are choked with ice and snowpack. Some suggested Tuesday they’d be better off anywhere else.
“I want this street plowed now!” resident Laurie Bala said.
“My daughter lives in Boston and she’s at work, works at Harvard. We’re still stuck, yeah,” resident Trisha Winton said.
“I have friends in other towns. They got just as much snow and they were cleared yesterday or Sunday,” George Seri added.
Front end loaders were arriving from Danbury and even as far away as Buffalo for Bridgeport’s big dig.
“We are trapped,” one Bridgeport resident told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane. “This city is a joke.”
“We plowed our own street,” one resident told Murnane. “By hand. Two days.”
Bridgeport’s mayor said the city is a victim of the storm’s intensity combined and some unique topography.
“We have a densely populated area and very narrow streets and cars are all over the place. Many of them still stranded where they were abandoned,” Mayor Bill Finch said.
Finch said he hoping city teachers will use this week for winter break instead of next as had been scheduled. Resources that would’ve been used to clear schools are on the streets.
“Sunday, we’re going to have every road passable. But it’s just going to take probably at least another week to clear the streets completely,” Finch said.
Tired of waiting for an official response, neighbors started helping neighbors. CBS 2’s Lou Young saw one front loader that was privately owned.
“Who knows when they’re going to get to this? You know what? It’s the entire city, the entire area,” resident John Yorke said.
And after two days of melting, it’s only getting heavier and more difficult to shovel. People are finding new ways to get around.
“I use the show to get through the snow. The weight! The weight of the snow gets me through the snow,” Pat McCarthy said.
You know it’s bad when police need to be ferried to their radio calls by the National Guard.
“I guess you could say that. It’s more of a limousine!” Tech Sgt. Jesse said.