Mayor Bill Finch has taken the brunt for the poor execution of the Public Works Department’s cleanup effort following a historic blizzard that paralyzed the city and trapped folks in their homes for days that resulted in loss of work. The community howling has been ear-splitting. It’s generally not Finch’s style to say pointedly we screwed up, we’ve learned from it and we’ll improve from these experiences. The mayor today, however, issued an eblast message thanking residents for patience and cooperation with a nod. “We learn from each of these experiences and continue to move forward as a stronger city.” Message from Finch:
Thank you to the residents of Bridgeport for your patience and cooperation during the past week. Our city was hit with a storm unlike any of us have ever seen, a record-breaking 30 inches of snow over a 24-hour period.
This extreme weather created unprecedented challenges for everyone. Cities across the state sought assistance from the state and mayors reached out to fellow mayors from as far away as New York and Pennsylvania for the resources necessary to clear our roads from this historic snowfall.
Weather events like this one are unfortunately occurring on a more regular basis. Our resilient city has recently endured a tropical storm, a hurricane, a tornado, a handful of Nor’easters and now an historic snow fall. We learn from each of these experiences and continue to move forward as a stronger city.
Thank you to everyone who assisted in our efforts: our community members who assisted their neighbors, the men and women of the National Guard, the crews who worked around-the-clock and the residents who contacted us at the BConnected Call Center to provide us with helpful information and feedback.