5 tips for a safe winter storm in Milford

MILFORD – After the city of Milford and surrounding areas received dustings of snow this week, officials say they are actively preparing for whatever the upcoming storm may bring.

The storm now headed for the east coast will hit the area Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Snow may be accompanied by high winds, sleet and rain.

“This looks like a serious storm and I hope Delawareans are treating it that way,” said Governor Jack Markell.

Submitted by Mayor Shupe

City Manager Eric Norenberg

The city of Milford is well prepared for the impending weather event, according to City Manager Eric Nirenberg who offered five tips to residents and business owners for a safe and successful storm:

“Stay off the roads if you don’t need to be out.”

A new plow has already been on the roads and trucks from other departments with plows installed are ready to “supplement the primary fleet,” he said, which means drivers need to be cautious of those larger vehicles.

Additionally, Mr. Norenberg said the city has $20,000 budgeted for salt, although 300-tons is currently stockpiled and ready for use. Last year, the city spent $16,182 on salt alone, but didn’t track employee time or overtime relating specifically to snow plowing.

The Milford Police Department issued a statement requesting motorists “only travel if necessary if the weather conditions deteriorate as being forecast.”

“Pay attention to weather warnings and take them seriously.”

Considering all of the possibilities the impending storm may bring, 700 sand bags are ready for downtown areas and businesses, along with high water signs, warning lights and other barricades to help with high tides.

With a projected rise in tides, the Milford Police Department suggested residents be aware when traveling on roadways in the area of the Mispillion River and low lying areas east of the city limits.

“Don’t park on the designated snow route streets until after the event and the snow has been cleared.”

Snow routes in Milford include North Walnut St., South Walnut St., Lakeview Ave., Southeast Front Str St., Northeast Front St., and Northwest Front St. Parking along these routes is not allowed after snow fall exceeds one hour. Remaining vehicles may be towed.

“Register with CodeRed at the City’s website.”

CodeRed supports text, voice and email messaging to multiple family members or employees per address. CodeRed can be found online for emergency notifications at http://www.cityofmilford.com/292/Code-RED

“Put fresh batteries in flashlights.”

With the likelihood of power outages and downed lines during a storm that brings high winds and accumulations, he said the city is prepared for a variety of emergencies that could occur.

“In recent years, we implemented a tree trimming program to help minimize trees or branches that could damage power lines,” he said. “In the event of significant damage to our power distribution system, we can rely on mutual aid as a member of the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC).”

Both a tree trimming and removal contractor and out of state resources through DEMEC are available on call if needed, he added.

Safety First

Above all, he said one of the priorities of managing a city in the middle of a storm is safety.

“Certainly one of our high priorities in preparing for and responding to a weather event like the one forecast is keeping streets safe for police, EMS and fire emergency response,” Mr. Norenberg said.

“During any emergency situation like this, we need to be mindful that first responders in all departments have families and homes they are concerned about as well. So, the more the public can make the job easier, our crews can complete their work and quickly return the City to normal and be able to get home to their families.”

Special to The Chronicle/Jason Smith

Special to The Chronicle/Jason Smith

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