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Can You Dig This in Greenwich?

Greenwich firefighters are hoping that residents will help dig snow away from fire hydrants.

A fire hydrant on North Water Street in Greenwich, Feb. 10, 2014. Photo credit: Barbara Heins.
A fire hydrant on North Water Street in Greenwich, Feb. 10, 2014. Photo credit: Barbara Heins.

Deputy Greenwich Fire Chief Tom Nixon says firefighters never know when they pull up to a scene whether the fire hydrants they'll need are cleared of the snow.

Nixon said "We do have the hydrants mapped out but there are some streets where the snowbanks are three-and-a-half-feet. Even a couple minute delay because we have to dig out the hydrant, could mean the difference of stopping a fire at its point of origin or fighting a fire that causes significant damage.

Driving around central and western Greenwich, there are plenty of hydrants buried in ice-covered snow — Arch Street, Railroad and Hamilton avenues and North Water Street.

"The bottom line is if they (residents) take 10 minutes to shovel out a hydrant, they're essentially helping to protect themselves and their neighbors.

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