DPW on leaf patrol ahead of snow

Southwestern Connecticut public works employees are scrambling Wednesday to pick up as many leaves as possible before the area is blanketed with snow.

Leaves are being picked up at a frantic pace in Norwalk so employees can get ready to deal with the upcoming snow and ice. DPW workers say since leaves started falling later than normal this year, they?ve been busy lately cleaning them up.

Norwalk Public Works Superintendent Christopher Okafor says his trucks normally pick up an average of 20 to 30 tons of leaves per day. However, he says crews will try to pick up even more as the snowstorm approaches. Okafor says once the snow starts to accumulate, things will become even more complicated for the department.

?Our priority has to change. The snow becomes the bigger priority,? Okafor says. ? ? Our focus will be how to make sure the main roads are clear, secondary roads are clear. So the public will be able to use the roads.?

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