Bridgeport plow drivers headed home Wednesday afternoon after lending a hand more than 60 miles to New London, one of the Connecticut communities hit hardest by the Blizzard of 2015.
The drivers of four large plows maneuvered their equipment along a snowy shoreline through whiteout conditions Tuesday evening. A public facilities foreman joined them on the trek to the state's southeast corner, which received nearly 2 feet of snow.
New London crews were overwhelmed as gusty winds blew snow across freshly plowed streets, creating snow drifts up to 5 feet tall.
Bridgeport trucks worked 15 hours straight to help the city dig out, according to a spokesperson for the Bridgeport mayor's office.
“It was the right thing to do,” Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said in a statement Wednesday. “New London had a moment of need. They really got clobbered and asked for assistance. We received much less snow and already were in cleanup mode here. We were happy to help.”
Bridgeport crews described New London residents as "warm and appreciative," according to the mayor's office.
"The would come outside and give us the thumbs up and [say], 'Thank you for coming and helping us out,'" plow driver Samuel Adams told Bridgeport city officials.