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A Storm to Remember: Cleanup to Continue Monday in Durham and Middlefield

The Blizzard of 2013 won't soon be forgotten as road crews and residents work this week to return life back to normal.

A Storm to Remember: Cleanup to Continue Monday in Durham and Middlefield

 

If your back hurts from shoveling or you've already grown tired of waiting for that enormous snow drift in your driveway to melt away, you're not alone.

48 hours after one of the worst winter storms ever to hit Connecticut ended, there's still an overwhelming amount of work left to be done. It certainly doesn't help that today's forecast calls for rain and later, freezing temperatures.

More snow is possible on Thursday, but let's not jump ahead.

This morning road crews in Durham and Middlefield will get back in their trucks and begin plowing again, resuming the job they've spent the past two-days doing, nearly non-stop.

"Fresh Durham Public Works Crews and heavy equipment will be deployed early Monday morning focusing on opening up the remaining roads, catch basins and waterways to handle the anticipated rainfall," a message on Durham's Emergency Management Department's Facebook page said Sunday night.

"We will continue to work on sight line clearing, road widening and clearing the remaining blocked roads."

A similar effort is underway in Middlefield, where crews got off to a slow start on Saturday because of a dramatic rescue involving a collapsed barn and two dozen dairy cows.

All along, the message has been simple — be patient.

On Saturday, after the storm dumped about three feet of snow on the area each town declared a state of emergency. The move should free up some state or federal funds to help pay for the cost of the storm.

Although some businesses were open again on Sunday, schools are closed today and many businesses remain unable to serve their customers.

Lots of Patch readers shared photos of the blizzard, including some who appeared to be taking the snowstorm in stride.

Readers also commented on the storm and the cleanup on Patch's Facebook page.

"Thanks Ann, and Lori. We are now plowed out!! Bad news is, this means I have no excuse not to go to work tomorrow," said  Elisabeth Anne Brown.

"Thanks to Mike and his guy (Uncle Bob's) we are good to go! Amazing job. Thanks Mike!," said Durham resident  Pat McCann.

    "Durham public works beats all!," Debbie Sokoł wrote. "Durham has the best roads!"

    "Foot Hills Road near Haddam Quarter has been plowed. I'm not sure if two cars could pass at the same time, but it's progress! Thank you DPW!," said  Katie Harmon.

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