Jumbo snowblowers from CT going to assist Buffalo with snow removal

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) is sending equipment and personnel to assist in the clean-up of the historic snowfalls in Buffalo, N.Y., where accumulations have topped five feet, with more snow in the forecast.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the assistance to neighboring New York state on late Wednesday.

“This early and massive snowfall has paralyzed much of New York and while we can, we should help our neighbors to the west,” Malloy said. “It is reassuring that we have cooperative, reciprocal arrangements in times of need, similar to what we try to do with major power outages and even fires and other emergencies in the region.”

Jumbo snowblowers, trucks, personnel

ConnDOT is sending three jumbo snowblowers to upstate New York along with plow trucks and other equipment, including  22 ConnDOT staff maintainers — enough to operate the equipment around the clock. The snowblowers are mounted on traditional loaders and, when in operation, are followed by plow trucks to assist in clearing roads.

The state of Connecticut purchased 12 of the large snowblowers in October 2013. They can move 1,500 tons of snow per hour.

The trucks hauling the equipment will leave Connecticut early on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 20, and should be in the Buffalo area by noon and will remain there until at least Monday, Nov. 24.

The equipment is being offered for use in New York under the regional Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Malloy: CT prepared for snow here

Malloy said that Connecticut is well-prepared for the onslaught of winter, with 632 snowplow trucks ready to go and ample supplies of salt and the liquid salt-brine material used to pre-treat roads and bridges before a storm (some of which has already been used this fall).

ConnDOT also has some 200 private snowplow contractors on call in the event they are needed to augment state forces.