Roughly 70 percent of all of Wallingford's roads are now "EMS accessible" as of Monday, as the town is now employing 30 plow trucks, five loaders and two backhoes to tackle the plowing of the rest of the town's streets.
"Wallingford Public Works is making steady progress working to opening our 240 miles of town roadways," the Wallingford Police Department said in a statement to the media. "It is anticipated that all roadways will be EMS accessible by early Tuesday afternoon."
The term "EMS accessible" means open to at least one lane of traffic so that emergency vehicles have access, explained police spokesman Lt. Marc Mikulski.
A parking ban also remains in effect, meaning residents' cars could be ticketed or towed if they are parked on the streets. The town is also requesting that, if all possible, residents stay off the roadways so not to impend with the snow removal efforts.
The town still has two operating National Guard Humvees embedded with the Wallingford Fire Department. The Guardsmen are working in tandem with Public Works to get the fire department into less accessible areas of town for medical and other emergencies.
Mayor William Dickinson Jr. anticipates that the Wallingford Town Hall will reopen on Wednesday.
Town schools will remain closed through Tuesday.
As a precaution, residents should verify that home heating equipment and clothes dryer vents are open and free of snow to avoid carbon monoxide build up.