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Fairfield County breezes through winter storm

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

January 31, 2014

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — This week’s winter storm covered Fairfield County in snow and ice, but county administration was pleased to report no significant damages.


Deputy administrator Davis Anderson told The Herald Independent that the storm’s biggest affect on the county was closures and delays.


County offices shutdown Tuesday in anticipation of the severe weather entering the area. Freezing rain and sleet started around 4 p.m. Tuesday, with snowfall beginning closer to 9 p.m.


Anderson said the inclement weather did affect the county because county offices closed Tuesday, Wednesday and operated on a two-hour delay Thursday.


“Other than that (closures and delays), everything was good to go and we didn’t have any problems,” he stated.


Anderson was proud to announce that some county departments including EMS, Fairfield County Sheriff’s office and dispatch remained open and operated normally.


“Fortunately our public works department was still open to help citizens if needed,” he noted.


According to his knowledge, Anderson advised that there was no loss of power reported in the county. He also had not heard any information regarding either serious accidents or injuries.


Anderson believes that the decisions the county made to close helped to prevent any of those possible accidents or injuries.


“We definitely heeded precaution and did not take the winter weather advisories lightly,” he said.


After two days and two hours away from the office, Anderson noted that county employees do have some catch up regarding county business.


“There is always a backlog of work when you’re not there and we still have work to complete for those two days we were out,” he stated. “But we’ll be able to work through that.”


Anderson acknowledged that the county’s administration offices will spend Friday getting caught up on the work missed Tuesday and Wednesday, but administration was pleased overall with their decisions to close or operate on a delay.


“We are happy with our decision (to close) and haven’t heard any complaints about it,” he said.