Update 12:40 p.m.
While Canton's roads are now open, crews will continue to make improvements today and over the next several, Public Works Director Robert Martin said.
"All our roads have been opened up but some are in better condition than others," Martin said.
On Sunday, crews will concentrate on widening roads, clearing school parking lots and pushing back snow in cul-de-sacs.
It will likely be a few days before the crews can work on lowering the size of snowbanks at intersections.
"People should use extreme caution pulling out of intersections," he said.
On Sunday, the town, with the help of Canton Village Construction, had 8 full-size plows on the roads, two pick-up trucks and payloaders and bucket trucks. Some smaller vehicles were also being used in lots and sidewalks.
Martin added that it was too early to assess whether roads would be safe enough for school bus travel.
The department has set Wednesday morning as a tentative day to remove some snow from downtown Collinsville to further open up the area and increase visibility.
All employees, including custodians and the transfer station attendant are helping, Martin said.
Martin said he wanted to thank Canton residents.
"We really appreciate our residents' patience and we're working hard to clear the streets as quickly as possible," he said.
President Barack Obama's emergency declaration will mean the town will be reimbursed for some storm expenses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner said. Typically reimbursement rates are up to 75 percent.
Update 10:40 a.m. Sunday
Canton will continue to dig out Sunday. While a few members of the Public Works crews stayed overnight in the event of emergencies, most were given a brief respite and planned to report back to work at 5 a.m. Sunday morning.
While Canton continues to dig out and some activities are canceled, many businesses are now open.
Those include, but are not limited to:
- Dish n' Dat
- The Shoppes at Farmington Valley
- Canton Barn for Previewing
- The Whole Donut
- Dunkin Donuts
- Mobil of Canton (no gas as or newspapers of 10:40 a.m.)
- Citgo of Canton (Gas but no newspapers)
- ShopRite of Canton
- LaSalle Market
- Larsen ACE Hardware
- Yoga Center of Collinsville will hold afternoon workshops
- The Village Cafe
- McDonald's of Canton
- Canton Indoor Golf Center
- The Bagel Deli
- Benidorm to open at noon
- Ski Sundown
- Starbucks (Avon)
Crown and Hammer is planning to open today as well but we haven't yet confirmed a time.
Some activities are canceled for Sunday. Canton Community Baptist Church and the Canton Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for example have canceled services.
The Canton Historical Museum will be closed today and the lecture on John Brown scheduled to take place at the Community Center will be postponed. Yoga Center of Collinsville has canceled morning classes.
The Junk Shop plans to close Sunday.
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