Monroe braces for heavy snow and high winds

February 12, 2013 by  

The entire Northeast, including Monroe, Connecticut, has braced itself for the onslaught of a blizzard that began on Friday morning, February 8.

Two agencies, the Monroe Emergency Management office and the Monroe Police Department, use what they call ‘Code Red notification’ messages to keep residents informed of the situation and instruct them as to what they need to do.

The first Code Red went about around noon Friday, and let Monroe residents know that the storm was behaving as predicted. The forecast was for snow beginning in the morning and becoming heavier throughout the day, finally ending Saturday afternoon. The snowfall has been extremely heavy and wind gusts of 65 mph or more have swept the region, as meteorologists predicted.

The Code Red warned people using generators for power to make sure they are properly ventilated. This goes along with the fact that Connecticut Light & Power expects as many as 10% of their customers to lose power in this emergency.

In addition, all vehicles were been banned from parking anywhere on Monroe’s roads after noon Friday, allowing room for the snowplows to operate. Residents were also told to keep off the roads until the storm is over.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Mallow declared a ‘Civil Preparedness Emergency’ for the state Friday morning at 11.45 am. Steve Vavrek, First Selectman for Monroe, announced the same conditions were in place for Monroe.

Selectman Vavrek might consider contacting flyer printers to repeat the Code Red instructions. He might also give instructions for locating shelters if the city decides to open them.