‘Loaded and ready to go’: Litchfield County first responders prepare for snow

Town of Bethlehem receiving 120 tons of salt ifrom Gateway in New Haven, in anticipation of the upcoming long-term storm

While roads looked clear Thursday morning, up to 6 inches of snow is headed toward the Litchfield County area between Thursday and Friday, according to Bethlehem Fire Chief Ken Le Clerc.

“It will be a long-term duration storm,” LeClerc said. “We are advising everyone to be careful because it’s going to be hard for the crews to keep up with that long a duration of storm.”

LeClerc said he doesn’t anticipate any loss of electricity during the storm, however, since the predicted storm is not expected to produce heavy, wet snow.

According to the National Weather Service, Litchfield County is expected to receive a daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Another 1 to 3 inches is possible Thursday night.

New Milford highway foreman Mike Boucher said within the hour, “it will be snowing heavy again for awhile.”

To get roads ready,Wednesday night, Boucher said crews began pre-treating roads with liquid brine, then “we went out around 5 a.m. this morning and put treated salt down, to get the buses moving, and make sure the roads were safe, since there is an early dismissal today.”

Boucher said crews are “loaded and ready to go. Once the snow starts, we’ll all head out on our runs and make sure that the roads stay open and safe.”

He added each truck holds approximately 3 yards of treated salt, which is between 6,000 and 8,000 pounds of salt.

Connecticut Media Group