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Stamford Gears Up For Wind, Flooding in Anticipation Of Snowstorm

Stamford Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare Ted Jankowski leads a meeting of city officials in preparation of Saturday's snowstorm.
Stamford Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare Ted Jankowski leads a meeting of city officials in preparation of Saturday's snowstorm. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

STAMFORD, Conn. — As Stamford officials prepared for Saturday’s storm, they said their greatest concern is the wind — not the snow accumulation.

“My real worry is the wind,” Stamford Director of Operations Ernie Orgera said. The city may see wind gusts of up to 50 mph, he said. He warned of the possibility of downed trees and wires, advising residents to stay away from any downed wires they may see and call the city.

Concerned residents can call the police department's non-emergency line at 203-977-4444 or the citizen’s services at 203-977-4140, and, of course, 911 in an emergency.

Aside from the wind, Stamford is expected to receive 6 to 9 inches of snow, with the storm starting Saturday morning. Residents are advised to stay off the roads and asked to shovel out fire hydrants if they have one in front of their home.

In anticipation of the storm, the city is planning to beef up staffing of police, fire and emergency medical services. Belltown and Turn of River fire stations will have crew sleeping over in quarters, according to Fire Department Chief of Volunteer Services Robert Morris.

Stamford Police Chief Jonathan Fontneau said his department and its fleet of vehicles are ready to handle the storm.

“We are are prepared,” he said. “Our vehicles are ready to roll.” The police department has portable signs ready to deploy as well if needed, he said.

While Stamford has not declared a state of emergency, the city will deploy its reverse 9-1-1 system if needed to send out automated voice messages to city residents.

With moderate flooding expected in coastal areas, Stamford plans to close Cove Island and Cummings Point in anticipation of the storm.

Fairfield County has been placed under a Winter Storm Watch from 6 a.m. Saturday until 1 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

Fairfield County is expected to be hit with heavy snow, with accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, northerly wins of 15 to 20 mph with gusts of up to 30 mph, and temps in the mid-20s.

Visibility for drivers could be a half-mile or less at times. Significant snowfall combined with blowing and drifting could produce near-blizzard conditions, the National Weather Service said.

There is also a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and a Coastal Flood Watch on Saturday evening along Long Island Sound.

High tides could be 1 to 3 feet above normal in the morning and 2 to 4 feet above normal in the evening. This could cause minor to moderate flooding on shore roads and properties.

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