.

Report: Private Plowers Charging Exorbitant Rates

How much did it cost you to get plowed out after the blizzard?

As the piles of snow got higher from Friday night into Saturday, the cost of having your driveway plowed may have been going up as well.

In New Haven, there was at least one private snowplower who was charging $200 per hour to clear snow away from residences, according to a story in the New Haven Independent.

Connecticut has laws in place that prohibit so-called price gouging in the wake of natural disasters, a law that was enacted in 2012. Under this law, "the Department of Consumer Protection can level an unfair trade practices charge against any business charging an "unconscionably excessive price" for vital goods or services during a weather emergency as declared by the governor," the Connecticut Mirror reported last year.        

There have been many stories since Friday of Good Samaritans and good neighbors helping out where needed. In Wallingford, a group of residents on Nod Brook banned together to plow the street using their own trucks and equipment. See a photo and read more stories like this on Wallingford Patch's Facebook page.

How much did you pay to get the snow cleared? Tell us in the comments.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something