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Let It Snow! Westport's Public Works Is Ready

About 4 to 6 inches of fresh snow is expected to blanket the streets of Westport on Friday. But whatever falls, Westport DPW Deputy Director John Broadbin says the department is always ready, as it proved two weeks ago.

"It was a typical storm: There were no problems," Broadbin said. "The Highway Department was able to clear the bulk of what nature gave us."

And this is good news with more snow in the forecast, he said. If streets and sidewalks aren't clear of snow from one storm, it becomes more difficult to remove the freshly fallen snow as older snow below becomes compacted and frozen.

Although forecasters aren't predicting another blizzard, Broadbin said the department preparation routine is always the same.

"We go through the normal pre-event preparation and check our resources," Broadbin said. "We check our trucks, the equipment, how much manpower we have, what outside contractors we have, and how much supplies and materials we have available. After that, the only thing missing is the storm."

Sometimes, depending on the situation, he said crews pre-salt the roads. But that decision is up to the Highway Department, he said.

With a 100 percent chance of snow, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the area from 4 a.m. Friday through late into the night. The heaviest band of snow is expected late Friday morning and may last through the evening, which is expected to impact afternoon and nighttime travel.

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