Long Island, Connecticut Still Struggling to Recover
Most of Region's Mass Transit Back to Normal After Storm
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Most of the region was preparing for an almost normal Monday morning commute. But eastern Long Island and much of Connecticut and were still digging out from more than two feet of snowfall.
On Long Island, at least nine public school districts announced that classes will be canceled, according to a survey by Newsday and News 12. In Connecticut, which saw close to three feet of snow in parts, at least 15 school districts will be closed tomorrow, according to the Connecticut Post newspaper.
Some higher education institutions will also remain shut. The University of Connecticut announced it would keep all campuses closed to allow crews to clear snow from parking lots, walkways and building entrances.
Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy ordered all non-essential state workers to remain home Monday because of the severity of road conditions, and urged others to telecommute if possible.
"This is a record snowfall, the likes of which our state has never seen or not seen since the 1880s," Malloy said at a Sunday evening news conference.
He said five people had died because of the storm in his state.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that service would return to normal for most of its network for the Monday morning rush, with the following exceptions:
- Long Island Rail Road will cancel 10 of its 143 morning trains. Go here for details.
- LIRR service on two of its nine branches will be suspended at its easternmost reaches: The Ronkonkoma line will not go past Ronkononkoma, though buses will travel to and from Greenport if roads are passable; the Montauk line will not operate not past Speonk.
- MetroNorth's New Haven line will run normally between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal, but will have half the numbero f trains between Stamford and New Haven and on the Danbury and New Canaan branches. Go here for details.
- Service on the Waterbury branch will be replaced by buses.
But the MTA is also warning riders to expect delays and limited parking, since many lots have not been fully cleared.
Service on New York City subways and buses and on New Jersey Transit buses and trains has returned to normal, while Amtrak said trains between New York and Boston are running on a limited schedule.
In New York City, drivers will not need to move their cars for alternate side-of-the-street parking rules until Thursday: Monday because of the snow and Tuesday and Wednesday because of previously scheduled reasons. But parking meters will remain in effect.
Officials are also warning property owners to be aware of the dangers of collapsing roofs, especially because more precipitation was expected Sunday night and early Monday. In Connecticut, Malloy said six roofs had collapsed, while on Long Island, the roofs of a bowling alley and a house on Long Island fell in because of the snow.