State of Emergency in Norwich

NORWICH – Due to the dangerous weather conditions, a State of Emergency has been declared in the City of Norwich.

“There is no unnecessary travel in the City,” according to Norwich Mayor Joseph Maiurano. “Travel hazards exist in the form of downed or low hanging wires and whole trees or limbs may be blocking roads. Many streets are snow covered and slippery.”

Residents and businesses on the City’s municipal water system are also being asked to conserve water through this evening.

Residents should prepare for the remaining affects of this storm. Officials warn of the following hazards:

· Downed wires are prevalent and should be avoided.

· Low hanging wires can be struck by large profile vehicles.

· Flat roofs are prone to clogged roof drains. This heavy wet snow, added with a clogged drain can cause roof failure.

· Heavy snow accumulations can cause tree limbs to snap and whole trees to fall over.

· Road surface conditions vary and are hazardous, travel is not advised as this interferes with snow removal efforts.

Residents are warned to take frequent breaks when shoveling. The wet snow is very heavy and overexertion could lead to heart problems, particularly in the elderly.

Officials are maintaining contact with the National Weather Service in Binghamton and this storm is not yet over. A mix of snow, sleet and rain is forecast for the remainder of the day with another 3 to 6 inches of snow possible, particularly over higher elevations. The winds are also expected to increase late this morning and early afternoon with gusts reaching 30 mph or higher.

“This is a dangerous weather situation and residents need to heed the warnings of emergency officials,” said City Emergency Management Director A. Wesley Jones.

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