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Schools in Portland, East Hampton, Closed Again Today

Town and school officials are concerned that tall snowbanks blocking site lines, roads narrowed by the snow and snow-covered sidewalks are still too prevalent to send children and buses out tomorrow.

 

 

Schools in Portland and East Hampton are closed again today because of concerns about the safety of buses and students traversing local roads.

While snow removal work continued unabated again today, the piles of snow and their impact on children walking to school, or on school bus travel, are a concern, Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield said.

"The roads in town are actually very good, but in some cases the site lines are bad," she said.

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Portland offices and schools were closed today because of the problems the snow presented, but municipal buildings will be open tomorrow, unless Gov. Dannel P. Malloy orders otherwise, Bransfield added.

She also urged residents who have sidewalks near their homes to get out and clear them for children who walk to school.

"We actually have quite a few walkers," she said.

She said about 75 percent of the town's roads can now accommodate two passing vehicles, but enough of the roads remain passable by one one vehicle to make school bus traffic difficult around town. In addition, she said, site lines are impaired at many intersections because of tall snow banks.

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