By Terry Rogers
Winter Storm Titan moved into Milford late Sunday evening, with predictions of as much as a foot of snow throughout the area. The storm began as rain, which changed to sleet and freezing rain after midnight before becoming all snow between five and six on Monday morning. As of Monday at 3 pm, parts of Milford had received almost five inches of snow, with precipitation still falling.
“Crews prepped vehicles on Friday, and loaded them with salt on Sunday,” said Brad Dennehy, Public Works Supervisor for the City of Milford. “The storm was monitored through the night, and crews began plowing a little after 7 am this morning. It is anticipated that will continue into this evening, with additional personnel assembling tomorrow morning to assist with cleaning municipal parking lots, sidewalks and other areas maintained by the city.”
One factor that has hindered cleanup in the city that has not been a factor in previous snowstorms is the wind, which Mr. Dennehy says creates drifting snow, in addition to the unseasonably cold temperatures. One concern is that the below average temperatures expected overnight will cause freezing and icy road conditions that will continue to make driving hazardous throughout Tuesday.
“Snow removal will continue tomorrow and as long as required due to cold weather,” Mr. Dennehy explained. “As the week goes on and the temperature warms up, that will assist in melting snow.” Mr. Dennehy says there are things that residents can do to help the city during winter storms.
“The biggest thing is for residents to remove their vehicles from snow routes prior to it snowing, and to limit the amount of driving they have to do,” Mr. Dennehy said. “We also ask that residents be patient, the snow plows will get to their street and their development, but as always the essential services and main arterial routes are always the first priorities.”
Mr. Dennehy wants to remind residents that, due to the closing of city offices on Monday, March 3 due to weather, there was no solid waste pick-up in town. Services should return Tuesday, March 4, 2014, but trash collection may be one day later than the regular schedule. Overnight temperatures across most of Delaware dropped to single digits overnight, as DelDOT continued to plow and salt roads as necessary.
“I am concerned about the dropping temperatures last evening and this morning,” Milford City Manager Richard Carmean said. “We really hope there is no more traffic on the roads than are necessary until travel conditions improve.”