Blizzard a lesson for Bridgeport

Blizzard a lesson for Bridgeport

There are 45 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Feb 19, 2013, titled Blizzard a lesson for Bridgeport. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

Five of the men charged with shepherding the city through the heart of this month's blizzard and digging neighborhoods out from beneath 30 inches of snowfall pledged Tuesday night to do better.

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sunnyday

Naugatuck, CT

#21 Feb 20, 2013
Deldoodoo wrote:
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I agree that some of those streets should have been cleared to a degree. But take Capital Ave for instance, that road is like a one lane road any other time during the year. When cars are parked on both side you can BARELY squeeze two cars through. How is a huge plow pushing 3 feet of snow suppose to do any sort of decent job.....
shovel ready jobs (Obama)

Since: Aug 10

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#22 Feb 20, 2013
#21 is very true.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#23 Feb 20, 2013
Deldoodoo wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree that some of those streets should have been cleared to a degree. But take Capital Ave for instance, that road is like a one lane road any other time during the year. When cars are parked on both side you can BARELY squeeze two cars through. How is a huge plow pushing 3 feet of snow suppose to do any sort of decent job.....
Good point, the question is whether they tried in a timely manner. Plow, no way. Bucket loader, it would be slow and tedious, but you have to simply go at it. Do you realize the entire city could have burned (I'm being 100% serious) and no emergency vehicle would have even gotten near where a fire was spreading.

They need a call list and a stack of money to bring in contractors when this happens. I do not believe they have that.
LDM

Heflin, AL

#24 Feb 20, 2013
Citizen44 wrote:
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Good point, the question is whether they tried in a timely manner. Plow, no way. Bucket loader, it would be slow and tedious, but you have to simply go at it. Do you realize the entire city could have burned (I'm being 100% serious) and no emergency vehicle would have even gotten near where a fire was spreading.
They need a call list and a stack of money to bring in contractors when this happens. I do not believe they have that.
I know you are not going to care what the rest of the country is saying about you schmucks who showed up to rip your mayor for something nobody had any control over... But here goes!!!
Whenever something happens to you poor bastards "out east"; that really messes up your precious-over-crowded cities, you start crying and bitching about how "unfair" or how you were personally treated with no regard. You know what? Nobody gives a shit about you or your worthless insignificant little lives !!!! Grow the hell up! Start taking responsibility for yourselves!!!! How in the hell can you blame your city leaders for something like this? Are you "fricken" brain dead? It is not about you! to the people who were on national TV complaining, Go $&#$! yourselves!
Paul

Stratford, CT

#25 Feb 20, 2013
America Gentleman Samuel wrote:
My apartment house has a parking lot, but I do not have a car.
Wow, thanks for sharing!
America Gentleman Samuel

New Haven, CT

#26 Feb 20, 2013
My apartment house has a parking lot, but I do not have a car. You people who complain should sell your cars and take public transportation like I do. You will be helping the environment too. Stop complaining you losers

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#27 Feb 21, 2013
LDM wrote:
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I know you are not going to care what the rest of the country is saying about you schmucks who showed up to rip your mayor for something nobody had any control over... But here goes!!!
Whenever something happens to you poor bastards "out east"; that really messes up your precious-over-crowded cities, you start crying and bitching about how "unfair" or how you were personally treated with no regard. You know what? Nobody gives a shit about you or your worthless insignificant little lives !!!! Grow the hell up! Start taking responsibility for yourselves!!!! How in the hell can you blame your city leaders for something like this? Are you "fricken" brain dead? It is not about you! to the people who were on national TV complaining, Go $&#$! yourselves!
First off, I don't live in Bridgeport. Second, Bridgeport took an entire week to free up its streets, while most surrounding towns didn't. So there is a problem there. Can you comprehend that logic? Try.
BPT

New Haven, CT

#28 Feb 21, 2013
Deldoodoo wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree that some of those streets should have been cleared to a degree. But take Capital Ave for instance, that road is like a one lane road any other time during the year. When cars are parked on both side you can BARELY squeeze two cars through. How is a huge plow pushing 3 feet of snow suppose to do any sort of decent job.....
funny you guys said capitol ave. when i rented it was on capitol ave. there are cars parked on both sides forever, lots of multi family houses. but they did not clear any roads. i was shoveling at 10;30 pm i did not see or hear any plows going up and down main st when it was managable. if we got 20 inches between the hours of 10:30 and 7:30 am when i came back out, that could of been taken care of. however they did not plow at all during the storm and that is why we had this problem
btw
if my job was to drive and plow during the storm i would have to do it.
Deldoodoo

Milford, CT

#29 Feb 21, 2013
BPT wrote:
<quoted text>funny you guys said capitol ave. when i rented it was on capitol ave. there are cars parked on both sides forever, lots of multi family houses. but they did not clear any roads. i was shoveling at 10;30 pm i did not see or hear any plows going up and down main st when it was managable. if we got 20 inches between the hours of 10:30 and 7:30 am when i came back out, that could of been taken care of. however they did not plow at all during the storm and that is why we had this problem
btw
if my job was to drive and plow during the storm i would have to do it.
I was shoveling around that time also and didn't see a plow either. But I was still able to get out Saturday night if I wanted to. If cars are on both sides of the road that means you're losing roughly 10 to 12 feet of space to push the snow. Even with let's say, two feet of snow (20 inches is roughly two feet)where is all that snow going? you already push a foot and a half into the cars on the side, which means it's pretty much covering the car, which means it's so high that the snow can't get over it, which means it lands right back into the road...

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#30 Feb 21, 2013
BPT wrote:
<quoted text>funny you guys said capitol ave. when i rented it was on capitol ave. there are cars parked on both sides forever, lots of multi family houses. but they did not clear any roads. i was shoveling at 10;30 pm i did not see or hear any plows going up and down main st when it was managable. if we got 20 inches between the hours of 10:30 and 7:30 am when i came back out, that could of been taken care of. however they did not plow at all during the storm and that is why we had this problem
btw
if my job was to drive and plow during the storm i would have to do it.
I agree. If you sign up for a job that occasionally has a horrible side to it, thats what you signed up for. If you're a cop, you get shot at. If you're a surgeon, you have to watch people die. Etc. etc. If you're a plow driver, you might have to work all night.
Deldoodoo

Milford, CT

#31 Feb 21, 2013
Citizen44 wrote:
<quoted text>
Good point, the question is whether they tried in a timely manner. Plow, no way. Bucket loader, it would be slow and tedious, but you have to simply go at it. Do you realize the entire city could have burned (I'm being 100% serious) and no emergency vehicle would have even gotten near where a fire was spreading.
They need a call list and a stack of money to bring in contractors when this happens. I do not believe they have that.
LOL, not to be a jerk but if the city was burning down, wouldn't it be hot enough for the snow to melt.... Just thought I'd be a wise a**.... Where is this stack of money coming from??? I know the residents don't want their taxes going up again.... The better question is, is what are they doing with the money in the first place??? I guess the people of Bpt think the money is being well spent seeing they keep voting in the same political party every time....
BPT

New Haven, CT

#32 Feb 21, 2013
well i guess we beat this subject to death.
what's next?
ahh, the squester!!!! on march 1st.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#33 Feb 21, 2013
Deldoodoo wrote:
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LOL, not to be a jerk but if the city was burning down, wouldn't it be hot enough for the snow to melt.... Just thought I'd be a wise a**.... Where is this stack of money coming from??? I know the residents don't want their taxes going up again.... The better question is, is what are they doing with the money in the first place??? I guess the people of Bpt think the money is being well spent seeing they keep voting in the same political party every time....
Think of it though- if a house fire started, it would have been left to burn. It could have literally started spreading roof to roof.
Your second question is spot on- bridgeport taxes are twice as high as surrounding towns, towns which removed the snow twice as fast. So looking at how the money is allocated is the key. I personally don't view raising taxes as a viable option. But then again, I'm not a democrat.

As for the average blue-state voter: those people would return democrats to office even if they put everyone in concentration camps. It's inexplicable from a logical standpoint. I've stopped even stressing about it because it's a lost cause.

Since: Aug 10

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#34 Feb 21, 2013
Not yet, BPT.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#35 Feb 21, 2013
BPT wrote:
well i guess we beat this subject to death.
what's next?
ahh, the squester!!!! on march 1st.
That will be the republicans fault- no matter what.
BPT

New Haven, CT

#36 Feb 21, 2013
Citizen44 wrote:
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That will be the republicans fault- no matter what.
it's outta hand with the blame game. if this goes through , GOOD, we gotta cut back sooner or later. i'm beginning to think that these "crisis" that we go through are just a diversion to deflect from the lack of work that ANY of these politicians are doing.
America Gentleman Samuel

New Haven, CT

#37 Feb 21, 2013
My apartment complex has a handicap ramp, but I don't have a wheelchair.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#38 Feb 22, 2013
BPT wrote:
<quoted text>it's outta hand with the blame game. if this goes through , GOOD, we gotta cut back sooner or later. i'm beginning to think that these "crisis" that we go through are just a diversion to deflect from the lack of work that ANY of these politicians are doing.
I doubt the cuts will be in any way sensible, though.
BPT

Woodbury, CT

#39 Feb 22, 2013
storm coming this weekend.....

now it will be OVERKILL for these 4 inches........plows , sanders , salters, sparks shooting all over from the plows hitting the pavement..........should be amusing.
No you are

Trenton, NJ

#41 Feb 22, 2013
BPT wrote:
<quoted text>funny you guys said capitol ave. when i rented it was on capitol ave. there are cars parked on both sides forever, lots of multi family houses. but they did not clear any roads. i was shoveling at 10;30 pm i did not see or hear any plows going up and down main st when it was managable. if we got 20 inches between the hours of 10:30 and 7:30 am when i came back out, that could of been taken care of. however they did not plow at all during the storm and that is why we had this problem
btw
if my job was to drive and plow during the storm i would have to do it.
But would it have made a difference if the plow was out at 10:30? My husband was shoveling at that time and when I got up a 5:00 the next morning, you couldn't even tell. The snow in the driveway and the walks was as high as the snow on the lawn. And we had already shoveled 3 times prior to the 10:30pm shoveling.

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