Aftermath of Alfred to top $3.8 million in Vernon

December 12, 2011 by  

The city of Vernon says more funding is needed as it continues to clear away the mess winter storm Alfred left behind. A special public hearing is planned during the December 20 city council meeting to talk about the third chunk of city money that will likely be used to cover the growing expense of the massive clean-up effort.

Clearing away heavy, wet snow and debris from Vernon streets and walkways hasn’t been cheap. In early November, the city council approved $420,000 for emergency management and snow-plowing. Less than 2 weeks later, the council agreed to a second appropriation of $2,834.000.

The latest Alfred tab totals $562,000. The money would be taken out of the General Fund balance. City officials are keeping their fingers crossed that the federal government will help with the clean-up expenses.

When a weather disaster such as Alfred essentially shuts down a community, it’s not unusual for roof repair and other types of services, many of which may hand out digital business cards, to come knocking. Use caution when dealing with clean-up services as fees can vary widely, cautions the Better Business Bureau.

The timing of the wet snow that started on October 29 and continued into the next day wasn’t particularly unusual for Vernon. October precipitation in Connecticut typically comes in the form of rain, averaging 3.5 inches during the month. The first snowfall, usually around 2 inches, arrives around the 12th of November, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Average winter snowfall amounts in Connecticut can range from 30 to 50 inches. The Northwest hills is typically hardest hit while the coastline tends to get the least amount of snow. Vernon is located in the north-eastern part of state.